Never Be Alone
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 ...more
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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...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
I would like to thank Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest review. ...more
NEVER BE ALONE by Paige Dearth is another in her repertoire of nightmares in words. Joon’s life will sucker punch you. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Every kids should be happy in their young age. Being loved by their family or the people around them and get educa ...more
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 ...more
Dearth’s has an incredible talent where she is able to delve deep into the huma ...more
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 ...more
Every kids should be happy when they are in their young age. Being love by their family or the people around them and get ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
It is not very often that I give a book a full 5 star review, however, this book/author deserves the 5 stars and more if possible.
The subject matter just tears at the heart and screams in your face. Homeless teens. Oh my gosh the emotions that washed over me when reading this eye opening exposure to the life of a homeless teen. Paige made me get attac ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more