Interview with Sam from Traffic Jam by Melissa Groeling


Today, we’re talking to the girl who helped bring down Ed, a kingpin of human misery. Sam Delton is her name and she has been through a lot in her tumultuous seventeen years. But she’s getting through it and in my mind, she is so very brave.

Thank you for joining us today, Sam. Come and take a seat. Would you like a drink? Non-alcoholic, of course.
 No, thanks. I’m good.

We meet you in Traffic Jam by Melissa Groeling. I have to say, I am in awe having you here. You’ve gone through such a traumatic experience, yet you have grown up so much because of it and want to help others in the same situation. How are you feeling? Have you been to court yet?
I’m okay. Better than I used to be. Court date hasn’t been set yet. We’re still trying to get some of the other girls to speak up. It’s not easy, but I think we’re building a really strong case.

What has happened to you since we last saw you?
Ugh, there’s not enough time in the day for me to get into that. But let me just tell you that things really aren’t any easier. I mean, it is but it isn’t. Now that everybody knows, it’s like...there’s a whole new set of problems.

Like what?
*her jaw tightens and she doesn’t answer*

Will we be seeing anymore of you in future novels by the author?
*shrugs* I don’t know. The author’s kind of weird.

How do you feel about your family Do you NOW tell them everything?
*rolls her eyes but she smiles* Don’t have a choice, do I? They’re all right, though. They’re good.

Has your father found himself a job yet? 
He did. Finally. He’s pretty excited about it. We all are.

Are Val and Justin still sharing a room? Or have you let her move in with you?
Ugh, are you seriously asking me that?

Do you have a boyfriend now and if so, have you told him what happened to you?
*sneers a little* I’ve sworn off guys.

If your story was made into a film, who would you like to have play you and why?
*leans forward a little, her sneer disappearing, replaced by a hard, determined look* If this story is ever filmed, it has to be a documentary. Not a movie, not a reality show, not one of these ridiculous ‘Gilmore Girls’ type shows that end up all nice and tidy at the end of a one-hour segment. It must be a hard-core documentary that doesn’t sugar-coat and doesn’t mince words. People need to know. They need to be aware. Anyone can fall into this trap. It doesn’t favour anyone, you understand me? No one. Not even me. I always thought I was so smart; smarter than my parents, smarter than Val, smarter than you, everybody. But I wasn’t and I’m not. I was lucky to get out of this alive. Most people aren’t so lucky and those are the ones we have to help.

You are a hero, Sam, to me and a lot of girls who have been through or are still going through the same. Good luck.



Ebook: Traffic JamAuthor: Melissa GroelingFiction,
This review may contain spoilersI bought this on Amazon,Summary:When you’re caught in traffic, you’ve got nowhere to go…Val Delton’s life is spiraling and there’s nothing she can do to stop it. Her dad lost his job, her mom works fourteen hour days to pay the bills and yet somehow there are high-end shopping bags and an iPod in her older sister’s room. Naturally, Val becomes suspicious but her sister’s lips are sealed. Then by accident, she uncovers a dark, dangerous secret hidden behind her sister’s bright smiles and cool indifference. Val has no idea how far and how deep the repercussions of her sister’s secret will reach but she’ll do whatever it takes to keep her family safe. Will she succeed before her sister’s secret destroys everyone she loves?The ReviewWow, just wow, this is an awesome book that kept me up all night, An emotional subject but I thought very well thought out, The author did a fantastic job of telling it like it is, or how I perceive it to be with families involved in this awful world in which we live in, Human Trafficking is happening all around us, which is awful, this was a truly great read and I would highly recommend it be read by teenagers, to help them understand the complexities these people go through to entice you into their world, maybe it would be easier for a lot of them to not be get caught up into the world, if they knew what to look out for, This book was really emotional, but I felt that that made it more realistic to me, You may well need tissues, I did, The author created a great novel out of a very sordid act, it is a horrible subject to discuss I know, but I believe that the author has done an outstanding job in getting this story across , I loved the character description, how she described the emotional feelings of each character was amazing, this book will keep you enthralled, the Delton family have such turmoil going through their lives and the one character that really stuck out for me was Val, she told it, how she saw it, which in some cases was to her detriment, but she was your typical teenager, all mouth, getting the point across when she needed to, I loved her, I am so happy with the ending, glad Val got just what she wanted,  I would highly recommend this to all, especially teenagers 4.5/5

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