NetGalley: Never Be Alone by Paige Dearth
Title: Never Be Alone
Author: Paige Dearth
Published: March 30, 2018
Publisher: Fiction With Meaning
Genre: Adult Fiction, Dark, Abuse
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
Young Joon's parents died, her foster family is dangerous, homelessness is her only option.
Joon had a good life with her parents--she was loved and cared for the way all eight-year-olds should be. Then, one horrible day, her parents died, and she was put into the foster care system.
When Joon is placed with a single mother, Aron, and her two sons, nothing could have prepared her for the cruelty and brutality she would be subjected to over the next four years. When things escalate and her foster brother Deen threatens her, Joon takes to the streets to escape the viciousness of her foster family and start her life over.
On the streets, Joon finally finds comfort with a group of homeless teenagers. But things are never what they seem, and there is always a price to pay for safety on the streets. NEVER BE ALONE is a story of homelessness but hopefulness, as Joon's relentless determination eventually helps her find her place in the world and make a difference.
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
I have read many stories by this author and yes they are extremely dark but this is how some children/people live.
In this story, we meet Joon who is a young girl that has had her whole world turn upside down. When she moves in with her foster parent things are not like it seems for her. It isn't all butterflies and pixie dust is more like heartbreak and abuse.
We see how Joon learns to live on the street and even though she makes it work for her she finds herself in a bad situation yet that doesn't get her down fully to where she just gives up. It makes her stronger and when we get to the end of the story I felt that Joon became a stronger person than what she expected. She went through so much in her life but yet she was a beacon of hope and light to others that were around her. I really enjoyed how she ended up getting a backbone and standing up for herself when she needed to.
Now this story may not be for everyone has it has child abuse, abuse in general, it is raw and dark yet it brings light to homelessness. Especially when we see how people treat people who are homeless. They don't want to be, they want to have a home and a family yet they are probably running away from a situation that you have no clue about. So never judge a person for you never know what they have been through!
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 you on their life’s journey. Her goal through fiction is to get readers so invested in the story and characters you will become one with the tome. You will shed tears of joy, grief, rage and horror. You will be emotionally invested in the outcome. She wants her readers to be thinking about the story long after they have turned the last page.
Some may say why write about such controversial and difficult subjects. Paige feels that if we look the other way and don’t address society’s fears no real growth will ever happen. As Ben Franklin said: “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” Society should not look the other way because a subject seems too difficult to handle, just remember her books are fiction but people live through these real-life horrors.
So buckle up and take a Paige Dearth life changing journey. It may take you into a new world of renewed enlightenment to make a difference and change the life of a child.
Paige lives in Plymouth Meeting, PA with her husband Mike (who was portrayed as Remo in her debut novel, Believe Like A Child). This novel has been the catalyst for her writing platform. The Beginning of Believe Like A Child is based on Paige’s real-life horror however, the remainder of the novel is fiction. It is the darkest version of who she could have become, had fate not intervened in the nick of time. It presents a fine balance between what lives on in her imagination and the evil that lurks in the real world.
ITW- International Thriller Writers
HWA- Horror Writers Association