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Harlem Girl Lost (Harlem Girl Lost #1)

4.52  ·  Rating Details ·  1,005 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
“A true urban novel filled with vivid images of the street.”
–Black Issues Book Review

Treasure E. Blue, street lit’s hottest newcomer, crafts characters that fly off the page and a story that burns with intensity. Set in Harlem, this searing novel is a poignant and gritty portrait of urban survival of the ghetto’s fittest . . . and most fierce.

Silver Jones knows just how cr
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by One World/Ballantine (first published 2004)
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Monifa Thomas
Oct 18, 2009 Monifa Thomas rated it it was amazing
OMG!!!!!! I love love this book . This book is so crazy good. This book is about a girl named Silver whos mother was hoe and who got raped at a party. The mother got pregnant with Silver and never told her who her father was. The reason she named her Silver was because of her hazel eyes. Her mother always walked her to school and there would be a homeless man with sunglasses on that told Silver compliments. She would soon find out that was her father right before his death. Her mother wanted to ...more
Linda Lynn
Jan 15, 2015 Linda Lynn rated it it was amazing
I know I'm seriously late reading this book. I love how each character was molded to play a strong role in each chapter. The book was alway written fairly well. I took something from this book and it wasn't just your average Urban Fiction drug dealer, baby mama drama book. The message that he gave to the readers of his novel was life changing. I loved it, but was not crazy about it.
Nardsbaby Reader
Jan 25, 2011 Nardsbaby Reader rated it really liked it
Secrets of Life

Silver Jones was equally educated in the streets as well as school. Her mother Jessica, a prostitute, made it her business to insure that Silver was equipped with book smarts as well as street smarts in order to prevent being caught off guard like she had been.

Chance was a throw away kid. Not even the teachers seemed to care about him. It was that reason that Silver gravitated towards him. Fast friends, Silver and Chance share details of their imperfect worlds. Soon the two are i
Oct 06, 2011 Locksie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
In love with these characters!

A realistic journey into the lives of Silver Jones and her mother Jessie, whom preached the best of life’s lessons to her daughter hoping to steer her onto the right path, but yet Jessie had a hard time following her own wise words.

Demons have been haunting Jessie for some time now and she swings like a pendulum from one end to the next; sometimes loving mother other times drug dependent prostitute.
In the midst of abuse, brutality, and addiction, Silver manages to
Jan 01, 2009 OOSA rated it it was amazing
Surviving In Harlem

Jesse is a young woman working the streets and raising her young daughter Silver. Silver is wise beyond her years because her mother has taught her about the struggles of being a drug addict and prostitute vowing not to hide this part of her life from her.

Silver finds that she is homeless after the lost of her mom. Harlem Girl Lost shows the struggles and heartbreak of a young girl that is trying to make it on her own dependent of lessons she was taught by her mother.

Phoenix Brown
Oct 22, 2012 Phoenix Brown rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Every time there is a post in the Facebook book clubs asking who is your favorite author...I keep seeing the name Treasure Blue. Now I understand why. Harlem Girl Lost was downloaded to my kindle yesterday and finished this morning. The story gripped me and my emotions so tightly that I couldn't exhale until I was done. Treasure has a way of telling the story that gets you so involved that you feel as if you are there. Imagine growing up with a drug addicted prostitute mother, a grandmother who ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Mserika rated it it was amazing
Popeye the Sailor Man : Utmost respect--how this book was webbed together--would of never guessed Mitts & Stickbroom. A Must Read !!
Born True Bethea
Sep 06, 2012 Born True Bethea rated it really liked it
First book i read of Treasure E. Blue. Very good book. It started with this and now i read almost all of his books.
Karen Bourne-Douglas
Dec 11, 2016 Karen Bourne-Douglas rated it really liked it

I can't get enough of this author. Great read!
Eva Leger
Oct 26, 2008 Eva Leger rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: urban lit readers
Recommended to Eva by: Shannon
Okay- I'd be lying if I said I liked this better than Keyshia And Clyde. That book blew me away for whatever reason. I could have continued reading K & C for weeks. Maybe I was expecting this to be more like that one? Not sure. I don't mean to say this isn't a good book- just the opposite. It's excellent. Treasure E. Blue is a talented man and a fantastic writer which I found out when reading K & C. I will definitely read whatever else he's written and soon.

This is the story of Silver a
Lesa Divine)
Nov 10, 2008 Lesa Divine) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-it, i-own
Second book I read by Treasure E. Blue love this book. He mention this book in Keisha and Clyde so much that I had to get it to see what it was all about. Love how he put the characters together in this book. You just get so suprised as all teh characters come along. Sliver Jones grow up with a mom that sold her butt and was addicted to drugs. Sliver mom did the best she could to teach Sliver about life even when Sliver mom didn't totally follow those same rules. Sliver mom Jesse grow up in a ho ...more
Adrenna Shipman
Jan 25, 2013 Adrenna Shipman rated it it was amazing
Its been years since the last time I've read HARLEM GIRL LOST but it still had my emotions on overload.

Silver Jones is a young lady who has had it pretty bad since before she was even born. Her father denied her being his and her maternal grandmother wanted Silver's mom Jessica to get an abortion or leave. In Silver's short life she persevered in school while her mother battled an on-going drug addiction. That didn't stop Jessica from teaching Silver valuable life lessons and instilling in her
Black Carrie
Oct 30, 2015 Black Carrie rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK IT WAS AN INSTANT SUCCESS FOR ME. FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE ENDING I CRIED, LAUGHED, GOT MAD, THEN CRIED AGAIN.This book is an awesome read. I get excited when I think about what I can say about this book. Treasure E. Blue has been gracious enough to pen a novel that touches you deep down in your soul. And just when you think that you have dealt with one emotion, here comes another line that sucker punches your emotions, again. This book, is a love story that has all the drama ...more
We follow Silver Jones from a girl of 10 or 11 until she is out of college and about to enter Medical School. Sounds like everyday life, right?...wrong. Her world up to this point is full of violence, gangs, drugs,and prostitution on the streets of Harlem. Her mother having had Silver at the age of 15, worked the streets to earn a living, yet she gave Silver all the advice she would need to survive. Her mother loved her unconditionally, something her own mother could never do.

As Silver grows in
I love this book so much!I have just recently read it and i honestly can tell you that this book has changed my life!This book has touched my heart and i love it!I would recommend it to anyone!I have told all of my friends about the book and i want them to read it to!I think that the author "TREASURE.E BLUE" is the best author and i think his hear and mind is so beautiful and imaginative and i wouldnt mind reading this book over again!I would love this book to become a movie and i would love to ...more
Jesse gets pregnant at a young age and the man who is responsible for her pregnancy leaves her. She gives birth to Silver. Silver grows up acknowledging that her mother is a prostitute and, at the same time, a drug addict. Although Jesse has a complicated life, she is a caring mother. She gives Silver lessons about life because she has been through so much hoping that her daughter doesn’t follow in her footsteps and to be smart about life. Silver always had her mother around and they develop a c ...more
Jan 15, 2014 LaTonya rated it it was amazing
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This book was AMAZING! Once I started reading it I just couldn't put it down. This is the first book I've read by Treasure E. Blue and I am now a fan and can't wait to read more from this author. This book reminded me of Black Girl Lost by Donald Goines, which is one of my favorite books. I felt so many emotions while reading this book because there were so many obstacles and ups and downs that the characters faced. This book was very captivating and had many twists, turns, and surprises; and I ...more
Nov 02, 2013 Tasha rated it it was amazing
From the very beginning, Silver and Chance were connected. The initial connection was that of two souls who were far different than those around them. Neither were what anyone would identify as a "misfit," but neither fit the typical teenage storyline. Throughout this story, Treasure Blue chronicles their lives. They have good times, laughing and loving one another as they enjoy the triumphs of teenage and young adult life. However, there is a darker, much more grim side to the lives of Silver, ...more
Dee Cherry
Jul 12, 2014 Dee Cherry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fiction
The more I read this story, I noticed that it seems awfully familiar. I then realized that I had read this book before when it was first released. The characters names Siver, Chance & Hollis are names that are not easily forgotten. The life of Silver was an example of no matter how much negativity is thrown your way, with determination a positive light will shine if you allow it to. The love that Silvers friends had for her was more than anyone needs to become successful despite the plight s ...more
Sep 15, 2011 Heidi rated it liked it
Not sure how to rate this book. It was highly interesting in regards to how the book depicted life in Harlem. Dealing with abuse, drug issues and yet the spirit of Chance & Silver being able to rise above it and come out the better for it. But how everybody talked to each other was fairly degrading. Even if it's part of the culture and the way they talk isn't it perpetuating the notion that you're not good enough? Even I was beginning to get depressed listening to the language but I couldn't ...more
Feb 17, 2012 Alexis rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the book very much, and honestly do not have any major complaints, BUT, some characters did erk my nerves. lol. I was rooting for Silver's mom and got so mad when she was doing well off the drugs but then fell right back to where she was before. Her grandmother was a trip too, but I think I was most annoyed with Silver's friend Missy, smh, that lil stunt she pulled towards the end, but then again she def kept her word and had Silver's back. Overall, it was a great read, and I will be l ...more
Angelica Rosado
Mar 18, 2008 Angelica Rosado rated it it was amazing
This book is outstanding from the begining to the end. This book made me want to look more into the drama genre. The main reason why I love this book so much is because this book is so real life that I thought I was going through everything the M/C [main characther] was going through. Also, I love the way this book was set up. Meaning, in the beginging of the book you know whats going on but you dont quite understand it untill you reach the ending and it all sums up to a fantastic novel!! I reco ...more
Mar 18, 2008 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young girl or young adults
Recommended to Jasmine by: classmates
This book has alot of social issues. It's a great book because it talks about real issues girls face.Its a book that alot of teenage girls can relate to. Its a book that when u start reading it you don't want to stop. I personally like this book alot because the issues that the main character sliver faces are the same problems girls now a days face to. i also like how she overcomes most of the problems by herself.
Aug 07, 2012 Glenda rated it it was amazing
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This book was something else!! It was raw, gritty and down and out dirty!! I loved reading about a whole different world - a world full of people from the projects, drug dealers and inner city crime. The characters were also great and I was rooting for Silver and Chance right from the start. I was amazed that they were able to keep themselves so good at heart with all that they had to endure as children. Awesome read!
Jun 17, 2011 Fati rated it it was amazing
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Che Huewitt
Nov 18, 2015 Che Huewitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harlem Girl FOUND

Only a 4 star rating simply because I WANTED MORE!!! This was an interesting story and probably one that many young people actually have to endure in their daily lives. This story shows that even with obstacles in your way you can make a way for better for yourself.
Aug 21, 2008 Nascha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-literature
Excellent book. One of the best urban literature books I've read. The author really developed his characters and took me on a journey through Harlem and the world of drugs, drug addiction, crime and prostitution. He also gave me a character to really root for and care about in Silver Jones and her mother Jesse.
Raynisha Blair
Oct 04, 2011 Raynisha Blair rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. I never wanted to put the book down. Every chapter was great. I would read this book again. This book is for people that are in their late teens (16-19)and to adult. It gives people guidence to never give up when times get hard. This book really inspired me to do my best. I would recommend this book.
Jenee Rager
Nov 08, 2011 Jenee Rager rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fiction
I think Treasure E. Blue has a great gift when it comes to developing story plots. However, it was very obvious this was a debut novel. There were numerous spelling and grammatical errors that at times proved to be distracting, and at times the word choice was extremely simplified. I did enjoy the story itself though, but not as much as I enjoyed the authors later novels.
Apr 08, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it
This was a really great story with lots of interesting characters. The only things that threw me were the language (I am not squeamish about curse words but I thought it was overload even though I can understand the reasoning) & some of the scenarios were a bit far fetched.

But I genuinely liked the main characters & was really rooting for them.
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Treasure E. Blue was born and raised in Harlem. He formerly worked with the New York Fire department as a supervising fire inspector in the Bronx. He now devotes himself full-time to writing and promoting his novels.
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