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Black Girl Lost

4.34  ·  Rating Details ·  1,384 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
In this shocking novel of a young girl alone on the streets, Goines delves into yet another facet of the ghetto experience-the dark, despair-ridden world of a black girl s soul! Sandra took to the streets when she was eight years old and tried to fight off the hunger pangs by shoplifting and moving into the profits of drug pushing. The she met Chink and discovered love and ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Holloway House (first published 1973)
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May 29, 2012 Rakisha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who like urban fiction
Recommended to Rakisha by: Ron
Shelves: home-library
Gripping tale of neglected young girl struggling to survive. Her mother, a raging alcoholic, basically leaves Sandra to the streets to raise herself. The sad part is, the girl has potential, evidenced by her taking the initiative to secure a job to take care of herself and choosing not to steal to obtain things she wants. Chance, however, intervenes and throws a monkey wrench into the girl's life. She slowly strays from a path of potential and possibilities to one with rape and murder...but she ...more
Jim B
Mar 31, 2015 Jim B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in one day -- and I worked and had an evening activity! I haven't read a book in a day in years. The story drew me in and kept my interest till the end.

This is not a book for the faint of heart. It includes rape. Many objectionable activities are rationalized. This is a story that deals with such extreme poverty that an 8 year old doesn't eat for 5 days, and how the sale of drugs is connected to violent crime.

I wish I had time to go through the novels I've read and summarize the
Jaree Francis
Jul 02, 2009 Jaree Francis rated it it was amazing
I thought the book was an excellent read...Straight to the point, but at the same time thought provoking. It pushed me through the pages and kept me wanting more until the ending. I highly recommend to readers who want a taste of the urban jungle...
So you know this lost black girl will have a bad end before you ever crack the spine. The "Rape and Murder!" -- do not omit the exclamation point -- right on the cover kinda drives that point home. And in a quick 184 pages we get hunger, deep poverty, shoplifting, the possibility of rape, some rape, unquestionable rape, crack dealing, crack using, theft, child abuse, alcoholism, juvie, murder with a gun, a knife, bare hands, police brutality and probably some other stuff I'm not remembering righ ...more
May 25, 2013 Mattie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Yes
Shelves: own-it
I've had this book for quite awhile and now that I've read it, I can't believe that I was missing out on such a good read. What a sad and tragic 70s ghetto love story! My heart went out to Sandra from the very beginning as she was often left alone by her drunken mother to fend for herself. Sandra endured many things a young girl or any child her age should never have to. Chink an outcast of sorts had a hustle of his own as a means of survival. Sandra witnessed an unexpected incident which ultima ...more
Mar 22, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cultural
Hmmmmm. I have never read this author before. From what I have gleaned from google, he was a street hustler back in the 70's and then became a best selling author by writing stories about what what he knew and what he saw around him. So...this isn't light reading, but the fact he lived on the streets in the 70's is maybe why I thought the dialog sounded like HuggyBear.

This is a story that brings about awareness. This felt more real than fiction because of the tragic circumstances that exist forc
I read this book over a dozen times. I doubt it'll mean to me at 3? (A lady keeps her secrets close!) what it meant to me at 16--when you would've had to pry it from my cold dead hands to separate me from it.....
Aug 17, 2012 kisha rated it it was amazing
Im not the biggest donald goines fan. Yes, I've read all his books. All of his books are basically the same and thats what I dont like. However, this one stood out. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the relationship between the two characters. It's like an urban cross between Romeo and Juliet and Bonnie and Clyde.
Brian Sims
Aug 25, 2011 Brian Sims rated it it was amazing
Just read Black Girl Lost by Donald Goines - AKA Def Hood Ghetto Realism - this mofo can write, for real. About a young girl raised on the streets; shoplifter to quazi mastermind of her first-love, tough-as-nails, high school pusher. He gets some time in the joint, she gets beat up by some dopefiends, he breaks out and gets his revenge.. Happily ever after.
Amanda B.
Nov 11, 2008 Amanda B. rated it really liked it
After having read Dopefiend, I wanted to read another book by Goines. This particular book talks about the life of a young black girl, Sandra, who lives a poor life with her mother. Her mother is a dope fiend and goes off to get her fix sometimes without telling Sandra. There was this one day where Sandra did not know where her mother was so she went to look for her and this man was at the brink of raping her, until he thought about it. He lied to her telling her that he would help her find her ...more
Aug 08, 2012 Natasha rated it it was amazing
This story was so raw and gritty. I loved Sandra's survival instinct, drive and heart. She did her best with the little she had. She probably could have made better decisions and had a different outcome but she probably didn't know any other way and she seemed to be working in the here and now, no time to put in for an result that wouldn't come right away. Chink and her were sweet together, his love for her ran deep and hers for him. It was crazy they were so young and faced so much. This was my ...more
Lizzie Winns
Nov 04, 2014 Lizzie Winns rated it really liked it
Black girl lost was an outstanding book, I pretty much love all of Donald Goines Books and have read almost all of them years ago, But "Black girl lost" was one of my favorites so I had to re-read it...And again I felt all the same emotions I felt the same time around....This little girl goes thru so much in her short time, from her living with a Drunk as a mother to almost being molested by many of the men her mom kept around to watching as her boyfriend takes his last breath. Bravo to a book w ...more
Angela Wilson
Jun 10, 2011 Angela Wilson rated it really liked it
This book was decent. It kept my interest and reminded me of some of my students. Sometimes it's difficult to imagine how life can be completely different through another persons eyes based on their life experience. One thing about this book that I really appreciated was that Goines gave a raw, gritty, unfiltered view into 1970s low socioeconomic urban life. The ending seemed a bit far-fetched, but it left room for a part two. I would recommend the book.
Sep 20, 2013 Destiny rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've ever read. I loved it! Donald Goines was a beast. Sandra and Chink were a old school version of Bonnie & Clyde. Their relationship was one of a kind. Wish there was a sequel so I could see what happened after the end of the book. Will definitely have to read more from this author.
Jul 22, 2012 Toni rated it it was amazing
Donald Goines is who introduce me to a whole new category of books, when I was 12 years old I would go to the library and check out his books, and read them late at night. He is the father of Urban literacy.
Oct 30, 2012 Lenlyn01 rated it it was amazing
This is where it kind of started for me with the reading with sex in it that is.. This book was dark in a sense a put some light on certain issues I had no clue about. However, this author was amazing to me and I've read several of his books.
Oct 07, 2012 SlimmGoodie rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. His descriptions pulled you into the book. I felt so closely connected to the characters. The ending is heart- wrenching. I've never cried or had so much emotion flowing through me reading any book. I loved this!!! One of my favorite authors!!!
Mischelle Andrade
Mar 29, 2013 Mischelle Andrade rated it it was amazing
I seriously felt like I was in the story with the characters. I love the way Donald writes.
Megan Bowers
May 10, 2017 Megan Bowers rated it really liked it
A bestseller from a genre you don't normally read.
Parrice Leach
Sep 21, 2016 Parrice Leach rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
This book was one of the shortest books I've read, but it didn't lack anything found in longer books... A perfect example of circumstances causing a tragic outcome...
Mar 15, 2009 Adrienna rated it really liked it
This is a great street lit book to read. You see a young girl, Sandra, who has to suffer from her mother's choices (drunk), where she has to find ways to feed and take care of herself at a very young age. Once Sandra is able to make money as a teenager at a local store in the neighborhood, Sandie (her mother) takes her money to pay the rent. Sandra does not want to be called 'Sandie', not to be considered as her mother after all she has put her through. This can make a reader get upset at how he ...more
Nikki Lajoy (mommy and the books)
This is a classic urban fiction novel written in the the 1970's. I listened to this in audio-book format.

This was my first Donald Goines novel Ive ever read and I have to say I really enjoy it. The story is about a young girl named Sandra and how all her mother cares about is drinking, her mom could careless about Sandra. All long as her mom got her next fix of alcohol she didnt care about anything.

Sandra is looking for something, anything or anyone that would actually care about her. One day a
Marty Babits
Mar 29, 2014 Marty Babits rated it really liked it
A tale of sadness and vulnerability exploited. When I was much younger I found myself in a situation in which I was the only white person affiliated with a certain recording studio in the Bronx. I entered into a world that was, to me, exotic and strange. It had a lot of the elements of the world that Goines inhabited. As is publicly known, Goines was a drug addict who churned out his novels, one after another in short-order, while sustaining his habit fairly comfortably on his royalties. The tal ...more
Jul 15, 2016 Venessia rated it it was amazing
I read this book the first time in 2005 and just now re-reading it again in 2016 and it's still just as good.

Sandra was a child born to a mother who loved alcohol more than her own child's life. While she was partying hard, Sandra was crying from starvation and missing her education because her clothes were always the source of ridicule at her school. Things all changed when she found some ballons of raw uncut dope, and joined forces with Chink, the ugliest most well-dressed drug-dealer in scho
I think I am done with Goines for a while. Reading trash is fun and all but Goines remains to put out the most sensational exploitative novels that feel unfinished. Black Gangster, Daddy Cool and Dopefiend were interesting because of the themes they covered but Black Girl Lost seems like a cliché. I would be the first to say that Goines isn't a great writer. His prose are thin and much of his characters are thin but all of his novels have a great velocity. This one was a bit of a let down on tha ...more
Ya Pre-ged
I read Black girl lost. This story is about a young girl that was alone. She was took to the street when she was eight years old. She's been trough lot of things in her life. Then she met a boy who's name is Chink and she discovered love and affection...and rape and murder!!
I did like the book because that can help you to know about another reality that lot of young girl in this society are going truth. This book is very realistic and intense..Black girl lost is a non-fiction book, a person that
Jul 06, 2014 Stacie rated it really liked it
A couple things first. If you are like me and just start reading a book without any knowledge of the book or author, then you will want to know this book was published in the 70's and was written in the same time frame. I was reading it and she was talking about just wanting a quarter. All I could think is what in the world would a quarter buy you. Then I realized in was a different period and it all made sense. Second thing is that this is not a book for people who like the happy endings or end ...more
Susan McGee
Feb 08, 2017 Susan McGee rated it it was amazing
A very good book, very intriguing.
Jun 13, 2013 kripsoo rated it it was amazing
I read this book in a day This was the first Donald Goines book that I ever read therefore I didn't know what to expect However something about the title drew me to it when I saw it in the bookstore The book is simply about unconditional love that made me smile at the relationship that Sandra and Chink shared I was happy when they were happy and mad when they were mad I wanted revenge as much as Chink did at the end and understood Sandra actions during the last 5 pages Even though the story is r ...more
Iona Sawyer
Feb 08, 2017 Iona Sawyer rated it it was amazing
Started it at work last nite then when I got home had to pic up where I left . Such a strong story about a girl who starts off going thru pain concludes w/ pain. No doubt if you are are a lover of urban reads , Donald Goines one of the 1st urban authors is truly histtorical. A must
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Donald Goines was born in Detroit to a relatively comfortable family - his parents owned a local dry cleaner, and he did not have problems with the law or drugs. Goines attended Catholic elementary school and was expected to go into his family's laundry business. Instead Goines enlisted in the US Air Force, and to get in he had to lie his age. From 1952 to 1955 he served in the army. During this p ...more
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