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Black Girl Lost

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  874 ratings  ·  78 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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Aug 02, 2012 Rakisha rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
Jaree Francis
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...
Brian Sims
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.
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.....
Amanda B.
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
Angela Wilson
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.
Marty Babits
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
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.
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.
Mischelle Andrade
I seriously felt like I was in the story with the characters. I love the way Donald writes.
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
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...more
May 25, 2013 Mattie rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Reading this book captured the time period well. Very shocked about the way this book ended but definitely enjoyed this read! This book is an easy page turner about nelected youth making it on their own. My first read from Donald Goines, and a great start it was.
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
Carl Schramer
Black Girl Lost, by Donald Goines, shows what life is like for a young girl in hood. The fact that the young black girl named Sandra was just trying to survive, gives a reality check about what black children go through some times in the urban cities. The fact that she wanted someone who would sympathize with her, is all that she wanted. That's when she meet Chink, a drug pusher, who Sandra fall in love with. The sad thing is that Sandra was raped, by someone she thought she loved, and then was...more
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
Tracy Onze
The book is well-written; I just struggled with the content. It's hard to be smacked in the face with harsh reality, but it's also necessary to be aware of the truth. For many, life is far from a fairytale.
Ama Major
This book was set way back in the 1970s which made the dialogue a little awkward at first. But I was instantly pulled into the book when Sandra started dating Chink. It was true love, the circumstances that surrounded them was just unfavorable. This book kept me talking for months. Telling people to read it and how great it was. Finally I decided to look up the writer and found out he was dead. I was so sad, we really lost a talent when they took his life. This is a really touching book. I recom...more
This book didn't end how I thought it would. I felt bad for the things Sandra had to go through. But then again I'm glad she had people like Chink & the old man from the store who cared about her.
THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS OF ALL TIMES! It was my mother's book originally, and I read it sometime when I was in highschool(I think) but I have loved it since then! It was just a great story and a young girl who didn't have anyone to depend on and eventually finding that person where she least expected it! So good! If you are a Donald Goines fan, I'm sure you've read it, if you haven't I would suggest it for more mature individuals, as the writing is edgy.
A quick read but for me not a book that will occupy my mind for a Long time. "Random Family" provided deeper social and cultural insights and "Loisaida" was a more exciting story. I could never relate to Sandra or Chink, the main characters of "Black Girl Lost". The storytelling misses any twists and turns, the characters lack depth. Granted, it is difficult to offer all that in just 184 pages. Not a bad read, just nothing that will stick.
Nov 27, 2010 Paige is currently reading it
Sandra is a qirl who is bearly fed and her mom was an ahcaholic....she goes to school one day and finds her lover Chink in high school.they startes selling drugs to servive then he ended up sneaking out of jail then he killed the men that raped Sandra the he gets shot by one of them the Sandra saw him and go him home and he died bekuz a cut him twice so the police wouln't take him bak to jail

Michelle S.
Feb 29, 2012 Michelle S. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
I love this book! I think it was the BEST of all Donald Goines books. For this to have been written back in the 70s, I think it strongly holds its own against any book written today.

This book is an easy page turner and sucks you in from the first chapter. You couldn't help but feel connected to Sandra and automatically feel her pain and her struggle.

I could read this book over and over again (and have)!!!
A compelling novel that pulls at the strings of my heart. A compelling novel that pulls at the strings of my heart. I could relate to Sandra and I know many other black girls could to. Goines did such a notable job portraying life on the streets for young black girls. and to think she had not yet graduated high school. Absolutely captivating job well done.. A you will not put down story.
Mrs LB
I rated this book based on how I felt after my initial reading of it in the mid 1990's. I don't remember how I came upon this book, but the story has never left me. Matter of fact, in high school I did a PowerPoint presentation based on this book. We had to present as if we were adapting the book into a movie; I used Jada Pinckett and Bokeem Woodbine as the leading characters.
Great book.
Last night was my second time reading this book. I loved it as if it was my first time. Donald Goines is not the greatest writer, but he's a brilliant storyteller. I love his characters and his portrayal of how love should be. The love story is far from traditional and is a tad on the morbid side. However, it is truly one of my favorite books.
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.
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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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