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Never Be Alone

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  1,124 ratings  ·  257 reviews
A fatal car crash. A young orphan. Can she survive the harsh life of the seedy city streets?

Eight-year-old Joon has no time to grieve her parents’ sudden death. Ripped from the security of a loving family, she endures horrific abuse in a system intended to protect her. After four years of torture and her foster brother’s attempt to steal her innocence, she runs away to Phi
Kindle Edition, 414 pages
Published March 30th 2018 by Fiction With Meaning LLC
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***Goodread's Giveaway Winner***

See that beautiful innocent face on the cover? Notice the haunted eyes. They tell the real life horror of this story.

Imagine being just eight years old when dumped at an ominous, broken down house that bears the presence of an evil bitch with two nasty sons...well mostly the older son. With her parents dead and her sense of security ripped away, Joon is left with a tortuous life of fear and hunger. Even going to school where there's free food becomes a humiliat

Victor *I Miss "FREE HUGS"*
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: abuse, dark
If you're looking for a feel good story of surviving teenage homeless, look elsewhere. Never Be Alone is truthful, brutal and unapologetically raw. It forces us to confront that which makes a lot of us uncomfortable, kids doing what they need to do to survive on the streets.

Joon is our 8 year old MC who is put into the foster care system when her parents die in a car accident. She is placed in a foster home with Aron, who appears to the outside world as a loving single mother but who shouldn't e
Danni lynn ❤
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off Thank you net galley for the advance copy! it was an awesome book very emotional I enjoyed it =]
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Joon is eight years old when her parents are killed and she is put into the foster care system. For 4 years, she is with the same family, but the way they treat her is worse than you would an enemy. When Joon has her chance, she runs away an tried to make a life for herself on the streets. She sees more in her short life than many people experience in an entire lifetime. Will Joon be able to survive on the streets or will she succumb to the pressures of drugs and prostitution?

Thank you to NetGal
Never Be Alone is a dark and gritty thriller based on the horrors of teenage homelessness. The author describes her work as real life horror, which delves into the worst case scenarios of what it's like to be a young teen and living on the streets.

We first meet Joon at 8 years old entering a dysfunctional foster home after her parents suddenly die. She is severely abused and neglected for the next 4 years. In order to avoid further abuse she runs away at 12 years old and is forced to survive on
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'Never Be Alone' was certainly a page turner and what an emotional rollercoaster it was. Loved the main character 'Joon' and without giving away any of the storyline, the ending ended just how i hoped it would. I have read a few books by Paige Dearth and is an author that i would highly recommend and shall be on the look out for more.

I would like to thank Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest review.
We hear about their plight on a regular basis. We donate old clothes and maybe a few dollars to shelters so “someone” can help them out. They are the unwanted, the abused, the children “lost in the system.” Joon may be the story of one girl, but she is also the story of every child who didn’t ask to live through Hell, alone and ignored like a piece of dirt we sweep under the rug.

NEVER BE ALONE by Paige Dearth is another in her repertoire of nightmares in words. Joon’s life will sucker punch you.
Alja Katuin
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a good read! I fell in love with Joon, felt so incredibly bad for her during her years with her foster family and in the years after. The characters in this book were so realistic to me, some so kind and some so cruel.. Joon’s live sure has been rocky!
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I find these books by Paige Dearth so hard to read but at the same time I feel that it is important that the books ARE read simply because the message is so very important.
Eight year old Joon's life changes suddenly from a secure and very happy childhood to one of utter despair and hardship when her parents die and she is thrust into foster care. There little Joon is exposed to the most horrible abuse that can be imagined. She suffers for years until she finally escapes from the house of horror
Amie Wilson
May 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I read a lot of stories (some memoirs) with similar themes as this one; children who suffered some form of abuse. Some are told in first person and some by a narrator. I work at a high school and these types of stories are always very popular (Child Called It, etc) so I find myself reading a lot of these stories to decide to purchase them or not for my library.
For some reason I could not connect with the protagonist of this story. When Joon's parents die suddenly she is sent to live in a foster
Malina Skrobosinski
I definitely had mixed feelings about this one. This is a difficult story with a lot of hard topics for young adults.

Joon's story is a difficult one, having lost her parents at a young age and being sent to foster care, her emotional state is already fragile. Joon is then faced with the worst possible scenario, an abusive foster mother. Joon has two options, stay with her foster mother and brothers and endure their abuse, or take to the streets and pray that she can survive. While neither optio
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was immediately attracted by the cover we see little Joon with his blue eyes.

We find Joon who lost his parents and his host family is dangerous. She had a good life with her deceased parents. She was happy, but at the age of eight she was placed at the home of this single mother and her two sons, and she was going to suffer what she never thought would exist: the cruelty, the brutality of this family. She will go live on the street and find comfort with this group of homeless but will she get
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After her parents died, Joon had to live in foster home. Aron her foster mother treats her like a slave, abuse her and frequently doesn't let her eat. After years live in misery, she runaway from the house and live on the street. In the street she meets with every kind of people that teach her about good and bad things. Can Joon survive her life in the street and get the better life?

Every kids should be happy in their young age. Being loved by their family or the people around them and get educa
Keith Chawgo
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paige Dearth’s novel ‘Never Be Alone’ is one of those novels that fully immerses you from the opening sentence and keeps you floored until the final word is uttered. This book has touched me like no other and consumed my life whilst reading it. I could not get the characters out of my head, they would invade my thoughts, dreams and subconscious. No book has done this to me since John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meaney.

Dearth’s has an incredible talent where she is able to delve deep into the huma
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
These books are so hard to read and tug at my heart strings, yet I can't stop reading. It's heartbreaking to know this is real life for some. I finished this book in one sitting and it did not disappoint. Joon has been dealt a really tough hand in life but what evolves in this book and in her character are strength and optimism for her situation; she fights and doesn't let her circumstances define where she will go in life. My heart ached for all she endured, but she met people who showed her wh ...more
Tyler J Gray
This review is also up on my blog here.

TW: Homelessness, Fire, Rape, Abuse, Child Abuse, Death, Murder, Homophobia, Drugs, Prostitution, Fatphobia

It's hard to know where to start. I loved Mean Little People by Paige Dearth, review here. It was heart-wrenching and the hardest book to get through i've ever read, but as the publishing name suggests, it's fiction with meaning. It's all stuff that happens in real life, with the author having dealt with child abuse herself said she hopes that awarenes
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This book is a very heart-wrenching story about being alone on the streets and in part about the what can happen in Foster Care. I was sad in part of this book but I also loved Joon and wanted her to be happy. This book took my emotions all over but I love that is a book as well. When I book make me feel something it is a great book in my opinion. *This book was given to me for free at my request from Netgalley and I provided this voluntary review.*
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, NetGalley, for my complimentary review copy.

I was hooked from the first page! The author’s storytelling and language style is so compelling and readable that it was difficult to put it down, despite of the serious subject matter.

Joon had a happy life as the only child of loving, affectionate parents, who adored and cherished her. Tragically, her parents died when she was eight, and she was thrust into the foster care system. A temporary shelter was her home and she was as comfortable
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
First I want to thank the author and netgalley for my free kindle book! The book started by introducing me to the main character Joon, who lost both her parents and ends up living with foster woman whose name was Aron and her sons. My heart broke right away with the abuse this poor girl had to live with. The system completely failed her. The abuse this girl had to go through no human should have to go with. After being threatened by her foster brother he was going to rape her she runs away. This ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After her parents died, Joon had to live in foster home. Aron her foster mother treats her like a slave, abuse her and frequently doesn't let her eat. After years live in misery, she runaway from the house and live on the street. In the street she meet with every kind of people that teach her good and bad things. Can Joon survive her life in the street and get the better life?

Every kids should be happy when they are in their young age. Being love by their family or the people around them and get
Jennifer Nowak
May 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
*I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I know I am in the minority, but I was really disappointed in the way this book was written. Knowing that the author herself had
experienced a traumatic childhood, I was afraid that her fiction would be almost too real & very difficult to read. Unfortunately I found it to be quite the opposite. I found very little written in a way that made me feel much emotion or empathy for the characters mostly because there was no depth to t
Mary Thomas
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for my copy.

This is a brutal story of abuse and homelessness and the violence and degradation that Joon encounters first from her foster family and then when living on the street. Although this is a horrific tale it does seem to drag on and the ending was a bit Hallmark movie-ish.

Todd Simpson
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a highly memorable story. There are some books that really hit you between the eyes and cause very strong emotions, this was definitely one of them. Paige Dearth has done an amazing job with this story, and I’m glad that I read it. It’s a true reflection of the evil that walks on this earth calling themselves human, but there are also people that have the kindest hearts that are there to help, for no other reason than being a good person. I really enjoyed some of the characters, and how ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-e-book
I won this book in a giveaway from the publisher. First, let me say this book will not be for everyone. There are many things in here that will be triggers to many people. Second, let me say, WOW! This book was....raw, gut-wrenching, emotional, I could go on and on. I cannot remember the last time a book made me cry and this book did just that. I felt such a connection with Joon right from the beginning and I felt the emotions she was feeling. If you can stand to read the topics brought up in th ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I screamed, cried, and rooted for Joon!! This book sent me on a roller coaster of emotions. I plan on reading Ms. Dearth’s entire catalog this year.
Dana-Adriana B.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Netgalley for my copy.
This book is full of emotions and intense, I was hooked from the first page! I loved the main character 'Joon' and I felt so bad for her during her years with her foster family and after.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author so I wasn’t familiar with her work but I’ve learned that she tends to write frequently about very real problems in society today.
This one focuses on homelessness and the challenges it entails. Though the entire book is heartbreaking, the beginning is just plain hard to get through. I felt like I was reading the female version of “A Child Called It” by Dave Pelzter (which was an
Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks Netgalley and publisher for early access to this book in exchange for an honest review.

This type of book is always really tough to review and I realize I am in the minority here. As I understand it, some of this is autobiographical in nature, and that makes the story even more heartbreaking, unfortunately that is not enough to make this a five star read. The titular character faces absolutely horrendous treatment at the hands of her foster mother and siblings, and once she leaves that sit
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book started off making me so, SO angry! And then it broke my heart. It made me smile and it made me cry.

It hurts, because I feel like this book is just too darn real, and this is a reality for too many young kids and teens. (I have to figure out the stats for my community and see what I can do to help.)

Paige Dearth does a phenomenal job of creating Joon, and making you love her. There is A LOT of heartbreak in this book. But there’s a lot of good too.

I hope you give this book a chance, and
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is intense and heartbreaking . Joon had a great life with her parents until the day they are killed and she is left an orphan . When she is put in foster care and sent to live with a single mother and her two sons , Poor Joon isn't ready for what will happen to her living with these people . The abuse they do her . When she is at her lowest and after Dean the son threatens her . She does the unthinkable and takes to the street to live . Where she finds a group of friends that will hel ...more
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Paige Dearth was a victim of child abuse. She writes real-life horror and refers to her work as: Fiction with Mean-ing. Stories teach lessons and Paige hopes that awareness through fiction creates prevention.

Paige will continue to write stories about young children who need to overcome adversity and then take yo

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