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In the Beginning

(Baby Girl #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Baby Girl Book 1: In the Beginning is a short story within a long series. More short stories in this series will follow in the near future.
Follow Cleo on her epic saga which begins when she abandoned by her mom at twelve. She has no other family which she is aware of, and in order to survive she leaves her home and lives on the streets. She meets some interesting characte
Kindle Edition, 56 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by Elle Klass (first published December 4th 2013)
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Eve (Between The Bookends)
OMG the cover of this book is going to give me NIGHTMARES...


Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-reads
This is book one in this Baby Girl series by Elle Klass. It's about a young teen who from the time she was born on to the time she finally runs away from her so-called home is rejected and neglected by drug addicted Mom with no Dad to take care of her.All she knows is she looks nothing like her mom, so she figures she must look more like her absent dad.When she does leave she lives on the streets which is just as lonely yet more dangerous until she finally meets up with a family of other childre ...more
Angela Cruz
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a young adult short story. This can be read as a stand alone, but this is book one in the Baby Girl Series. This is a great start to a promising series. What a touching but sad story. This mysterious group of kids, has no one to miss them, breaks my heart. Cleo has been through so much. She only desires to have a full belly and a warm bed. I feel one day she will make it off the streets. I can not wait to read more about Cleo's journey.

Even though her life wasn't as bad as some, the olde
Linda Williams
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Life on the streets for runaways...children abandoned, neglected, left to fend for themselves...Elle Klass addresses these issues in an unsentimental, straightforward way--the mental equivalent of a punch to the gut. We learn the characters' street names, Einstein and Cleopatra, but never their true identities. They lead a bleak existence, which forces them into a life of crime.

I'm unclear why the author decided to present these stories in a series of vignettes rather than a complete novel. Desp
Avi Morris
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is not a genre I would normally read, but having noticed some good reviews, decided to give it a try, especially having younger people in my family whom I might be able to recommend it to. Baby Girl Book 1,the first in a several part series by Elle Klass, is the story of an underprivileged girl, abandoned when not yet a teen, who uses ingenuity, stealth and ultimately the company of other young people who have no home, to survive in an unfriendly world. You can't help but root for the ...more
Melanie P. Smith
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I’m not typically a huge fan of short stories because if they are good, they always leave you wanting more. I want more. Baby Girl is a short story and the first book in a series. Klass did a good job of capturing the reader’s attention from the very beginning. The story line and character depiction was well written and held my interest until the very end. I look forward to discovering the next phase of Cleo’s life in Book 2. If it’s as good as Baby Girl, it’s bound to be a hit.

Melanie P. Smith
Michelle Ferrari-Johnson
This is a young adult adventure. Elle Klass depicts the life of runaways and those abandoned or homeless. Cleo and Einstein, though not their real names, stumble upon each other and quickly come to rely on each other to survive. They hop from city to city, and then decide it is time to settle down in one place, together. The actual hardships and "in your face" lifestyle is shown and not sugar coated with pleasantries. It can be read as a stand alone but I am looking forward to the next installme ...more
SB Morales
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is such a powerful story. A young girl runs away from a mother who had never been an actual mother to her. She has been on her own all her life so leaving the place she shared with her mother didn't seem like much of a difference. We follow her while she navigates her life on the streets. The story is so realistic that I wonder if Klass was inspired by someones actual life. I can't wait to read the next installment of baby girl!
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Baby Girl Book 1: In the Beginning" may just have changed my mind about short stories!

It reads like the opening episode of a TV show - and what a brilliant start to the adventure!
There's a healthy mix of reality and suspended reality here which gives a real depth to the story.

Simply put, it's a wonderful small dose of escapist fiction.

I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series.
Candi Silk
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Heart Clenching Read!
Baby Girl - In The Beginning is the first in a series, and the author, Elle Klass wastes no time thrusting the reader into the spellbinding story. The setting is one that most will never experience, and one that no one wants to experience. Don’t let the title, Baby Girl, fool you. This is a thrilling new-adult read, one fully loaded with the burly experiences of life.

Cleo, abandoned by her mother, is faced with the most primitive level of survival, unless she learns quickl
Elan Carson
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Baby Girl is a quick-paced short story following the adventures of one brave and street-savvy adolescent. Abandoned by her mother, “Cleo” has to learn to fend for herself and ultimately survive.

Descriptive, raw, and captivating, author Elle Klass does a great job of leading you through the mishaps, turmoil, and journey that the main character undergoes over the span of roughly a year.

Shorter structured sentences keeps the reader on the edge of their seat, as the pace is heightened and drops you
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review addresses the first three books in the Baby Girl series, which to this point includes Book 1, In the Beginning - Book 2, Moonlighting in Paris - Book 3, City by the Bay.

The story surrounds the trials and adventures of a girl, seemingly born into poverty to a drug addicted mother. Finding herself completely alone, and unaware of her mother’s death, the girl heads out into the world on her own. The story moves along through her subsisting on dumpster trash and living under a bridge to
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, adventure, mystery
Cleo lives with her mother and doesn't know her father. She lives a very sheltered life, besides going to school. They have a very simple and somewhat poor lifestyle except for the odd occasions, when her mother would disappear for a few days and return with food and clothes.

Cloe is now twelve years old and when her mother goes absent for longer than usual, she decides to pack up and run. During that time, she learns how to fend for herself until she meets others who are in a similar situation t
Jane Peskara / Audrey Valentine
Great storyline, loved it. Its about a young girl who leaves "home" when her mother doesnt come back...she didnt really have a home they lived in a shak with no TV, not much food this book she leaves home to see the world and get a better life...she meets this boy named einstein and they both plan to have a normal life together.........but then a tragedy happens and the girl is alone again.......Even though i loved the story(thats why i give this book 4 stars) i think it is too short ...more
Marcha Fox
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I was totally hooked from the first page of this well-written, professionally crafted story and couldn't put it down. I'm a writer and editor at heart and not once did I get hung up in any awkward wording or events that suspended belief. The narrative flows as if the protagonist was sitting there at the kitchen table with you telling her life story. The characters were real, the situation tragic but in today's society all too believable. The naivety of the main character adds significantly to th ...more
Susanne Leist
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing

This review is from: Baby Girl Book 1: In the Beginning (Kindle Edition)
A sad story of betrayal and loneliness that a young girl had to endure. Neglected and then finally abandoned by her mother, Cleo leaves home to find a better life. Anything would be better than a life of poverty and neglect. Cleo hops onto a train and travels to a city. The city looks marvelous and scary to her at the same time. She meets up with other lost children. On one of their escapades of robbing people's homes, a yo
Rosie Amber
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Baby Girl is the first book in a series, it is just 38 pages long and can be read quite easily in one sitting. We are introduced to a young girl who has had a harsh, lonely upbringing from a part-time mother who treated her shamefully. When her mother leaves her for several months, our twelve year old narrator, takes matters into her own hand and runs away.

The Big City offers an escape from prying eyes and our little girl survives pretty well considering what might have happened. She finally mee
Rhoda D'Ettore
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting and thought provoking story that has a lot of description to help the reader fully picture the setting. When you read about a kid who is simply happy to have a shower and a television with a remote control, it makes you stop and think about your life. For anyone who may be disappointed with life, read this book. You will quickly appreciate what you have. From the drug addicted absent mother to the child dumpster diving for food and clothing... there is just no words to exp ...more
Jane Blanchard
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Baby Girl Book 1: In the Beginning by Elle Klass is a compelling first-person narrative that draws you in and leaves you wanting more.

Imagine being abandoned at age twelve and having to fend for your self. That's what happened to Cleo—living on her own, in a big city, with winter approaching. She is resourceful and self-reliant. When other kids invade her shelter, she joins "the family." To survive, the turn to crime, until something goes very wrong.

Cleo and Einstein, the leader of the family, j
J.S. Luxor
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elle Klass' capacity to put the reader in Cleo's shoes impresses me on so many levels. My heart wrenched when reading about how her drug addicted mother left her to fend for herself just as she began to negotiate adolescence. Her ability to find ways to survive and thrive under the circumstances kept my attention and motivated me to keep reading. The author demonstrates a unique style by writing in the first person and describing Cleo's decision making processes when faced with various dilemmas. ...more
Cassandra Ulrich
“Baby Girl Book 1: In the Beginning” by Elle Klass is a short story about a girl, Cleo, who grows up in the woods with her mom. When her mother left the cabin for months, Cleo was thrust into a world where she was forced to fend for herself. She was only twelve. After a few months on the streets, she met three kids, Einstein, Peewee, and Star. They became a family of sorts where stealing helped them to survive. Cleo’s adventures had only just begun.
Although the narration spent more time telling
Sarah Butfield
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A powerful and emotionally charged short story about a girl named Cleo. It is superbly written to offer the perfect balance of ‘show not tell.’
The chapter length is perfect and there is no repetition. The emotions portrayed encompass loneliness, neglect, homeless children, street crime and a range of other events and situations which flow seamlessly to draw you into Cleo’s world. I would hate to spoil this read for anyone, so all I can say is that I admit to being hooked from page 1. I loved it
Mark Tilbury
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first in a series of short stories about Cleo and the struggles she faces in her early life. Here in the beginning she is 12 and living a tough lonely life when abandoned by her mother. She has to fend for herself and decides to run away.

Elle Klass has written a powerful start to her series. The character thought processes and the range of emotions conveyed are brilliantly expressed. She manages to make readers fell empathy and concern for Cleo and the other street children who featu
Chris Birdy
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible story of Cleo, a twelve year old girl, who sets out on her own after she is abandoned by her mother. Living on the streets, Cleo experiences some incredible things and barely escapes by the skin of her teeth. Eventually, she hooks up with Einstein and others forming a small band of thieves. Baby Girl is an exciting tale that keeps your interest all the way through to the end when you look up and say, "I want more."
Teresa Derrick
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Survival on the streets.

How do you survive on your own when you are twelve and abandoned? A young girl abandoned by her mother leaves the very little she has behind her in search of food and determined to survive. She friends some wayward teenagers like her. At some point to survive they turn to burglary. Cleo and Einstein decide to make a life for themselves when tragedy strikes again.
P.S. Winn
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great short story that leaves the reader wanting more. When the young girl in the story's mother leaves her abandoned she has to try and make it out on the streets. She finds friends to help and who name her Cleo, a tragedy forces Cleo to move on and become Justine. So as not to spoil the story I won't disclose what happened. but it is a great story and I eagerly anticipate more!
Julie Powell
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good beginning to a journey, one of a girl who is forced to strike out on her own. She is lucky in that she finds others who are in the same predicament... I don't give spoilers.

Overall, I think this short tale is a good introduction, it is well written with realistic characters and plenty of emotion.
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Elle Klass is headed for great things.

I loved this book. The plot was very engaging. You have a stake in it emit from the beginning .The main character is tough yet endearing. As you follow along the journey you really get to know the background. Then you're in for a treat. Can't wait for the next book
Elle Klass
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: new-adult
The introduction to Cleo's story, a sad one as it may be. But never put anything past Cleo, she's smart and tenacious. There was many directions in which this series could go. I love the path Cleo chose and hope you will too.
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, mystery
A powerful and well written, but brief introductory novel to a series, that has left me wanting more.
The author does a great job of depicting events and settings and bringing her characters to life.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
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Elle Klass is an award winning author. She currently lives in Florida with her family. To date she has written and published over sixteen books, in varying genre's including mystery, suspense, psychological thrillers, fantasy, sci-fi and contemporary fiction. When she's not writing she's spending time with family or friends, traveling, relaxing at home watching ghost and horror movies or listening ...more

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