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Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite
What happens to a baby that is orphaned at birth? With no family to take care of the infant, where does she go? Nowhere Girl by Charles Davis is a moving urban novel. As a two-pound, drug addicted, orphaned baby, Neena's life started with pain and hardship. But she survived. Neena's life only got harder, more confusing as she got older. By the age of six, she had been weaned off drugs, experienced murder, seen her potential family go up in flames and ashes, and had been adopted and "sent back" as damaged. Neena had only one constant, one person who loved her through it all. Then, that person was violently taken from her, too. As a result, she shut the only other person, a kind psychiatrist out of her life. Whomever Neena loved, died. Years later, Neena is let out of juvie and suddenly finds herself out on the streets without any knowledge of how a normal person lives. Circumstances throw innocent Neena into the hard, cruel world of New York City in a desperate fight to survive. Will she learn what real love is? Or will she succumb to the darkness of the city?
Nowhere Girl by Charles Davis is the captivating, realistic look into what happens to young people who are seen as delinquents. At times, the story is heartbreaking, but it carries a critical message. There are still people underneath the surface of the anger and hate. They are people that are terrified and insecure, just longing to be loved. It is sometimes hard to see past "textbook" cases and the fear of a possible underlying psychosis that could be unleashed on an unknowing world. This book was exceptionally true-to-life in many areas, and also extremely graphic in others. That being said, it is also a story of hope and love. I would recommend this book to those readers that like raw urban fiction and are over eighteen.