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Home Girl (Crongton) by Alex Wheatle
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Home Girl (Crongton)

by Alex Wheatle

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Naomi was street wise, knowing the only one who could take care of anything at home was herself. Though only 14 years old, she’d been in charge of her drunkard father for years after her mother committed suicide, cooking and paying bills. She’d seen a lot in her young life, and resented being put into the foster care system after he disappeared.

Louise, her social worker, was at her wits end over what to do with her, as Naomi refused to stay long in any of the homes where she was placed. Finally, in desperation, she was temporarily placed with the Goldings, a Black family who had two young children of their own.

Though her friends from the teen shelter warned her over and over about the evils of foster families and wanted her to stay with them, Naomi wanted to be adopted. She enjoyed her time with the Goldings, keeping them on their toes just to remind them who was really in charge, even though they accepted and welcomed her. Naomi had never known kindness, but knew her time with them wouldn’t last. Louise kept saying she had to stay with her own kind, while her friends told her nobody wanted to adopt teenagers. She should just give up, but something kept her trying.

Naomi’s story is powerful and sad. She’s the voice of thousands of teenagers who want to be loved and to find their place in the world. The ARC I received was very poorly written. Though the characters spoke in a Cockney type accent, their words were even harder to understand because many letters were left out of the text. Words like “pued” instead of “puffed,” “rst” instead of “first” and “sh” instead of “fish” really threw me for a loop. There were many sentences like this with other words and letters missing. I don’t know if the final version had full words, instead of just parts of words, but I really hope so!

Though it was difficult to read due to the many missing letters, the theme was clear and important.

Recommended for ages 14 and older. ( )
  sunshinealma | Jul 21, 2019 |
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