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In this shocking novel of a young girl alone on the streets, Goines delves into yet another facet of the ghetto experience-the dark, despair-ridden world of a black girl s soul! Sandra took to the streets when she was eight years old and tried to fight off the hunger pangs by shoplifting and moving into the profits of drug pushing. The she met Chink and discovered love and In this shocking novel of a young girl alone on the streets, Goines delves into yet another facet of the ghetto experience-the dark, despair-ridden world of a black girl s soul! Sandra took to the streets when she was eight years old and tried to fight off the hunger pangs by shoplifting and moving into the profits of drug pushing. The she met Chink and discovered love and affection...and rape and murder!


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In this shocking novel of a young girl alone on the streets, Goines delves into yet another facet of the ghetto experience-the dark, despair-ridden world of a black girl s soul! Sandra took to the streets when she was eight years old and tried to fight off the hunger pangs by shoplifting and moving into the profits of drug pushing. The she met Chink and discovered love and In this shocking novel of a young girl alone on the streets, Goines delves into yet another facet of the ghetto experience-the dark, despair-ridden world of a black girl s soul! Sandra took to the streets when she was eight years old and tried to fight off the hunger pangs by shoplifting and moving into the profits of drug pushing. The she met Chink and discovered love and affection...and rape and murder!

30 review for Black Girl Lost

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rakisha

    Gripping tale of neglected young girl struggling to survive. Her mother, a raging alcoholic, basically leaves Sandra to the streets to raise herself. The sad part is, the girl has potential, evidenced by her taking the initiative to secure a job to take care of herself and choosing not to steal to obtain things she wants. Chance, however, intervenes and throws a monkey wrench into the girl's life. She slowly strays from a path of potential and possibilities to one with rape and murder...but she Gripping tale of neglected young girl struggling to survive. Her mother, a raging alcoholic, basically leaves Sandra to the streets to raise herself. The sad part is, the girl has potential, evidenced by her taking the initiative to secure a job to take care of herself and choosing not to steal to obtain things she wants. Chance, however, intervenes and throws a monkey wrench into the girl's life. She slowly strays from a path of potential and possibilities to one with rape and murder...but she also finds the strongest love in the world. I read this book in about 2 1/2 hours, couldn't put it down. It's just a well-written, but typical tale of life on the mean streets. It's unfortunate, but this fictional story holds a lot of truth as to how bad things can be for some. I like Goines' writing style because you feel as if you are there, but it's not overly elaborate, wordy or long-winded. Although it's a street tale, there's not a whole lot of unnecessary violence,cursing, and slang in an effort to make it seem more credible. In some books, it is sooo over done it seems corny. I would read more Goines for my urban tale fix, rather than some of the more modern writers.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jim B

    I read this book in one day -- and I worked and had an evening activity! I haven't read a book in a day in years. The story drew me in and kept my interest till the end. This is not a book for the faint of heart. It includes rape. Many objectionable activities are rationalized. This is a story that deals with such extreme poverty that an 8 year old doesn't eat for 5 days, and how the sale of drugs is connected to violent crime. I wish I had time to go through the novels I've read and summarize the I read this book in one day -- and I worked and had an evening activity! I haven't read a book in a day in years. The story drew me in and kept my interest till the end. This is not a book for the faint of heart. It includes rape. Many objectionable activities are rationalized. This is a story that deals with such extreme poverty that an 8 year old doesn't eat for 5 days, and how the sale of drugs is connected to violent crime. I wish I had time to go through the novels I've read and summarize the moral code of the people at the heart of the book. Black Girl Lost starts with a morality of "staying alive" despite devastating hardship, but when the drug culture becomes part of the plot, the result is feelings of high romance and ultimate revenge. Many who are in prison because of drugs will recognize Chink's moral code. Will they analyze its outcome? The choice of Bahni Turpin as narrator was inspired. I expected a distinctly African American male voice and was surprised when I heard her read the book -- but she had exactly the tone that this audio book needed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jaree Francis

    I thought the book was an excellent read...Straight to the point, but at the same time thought provoking. It pushed me through the pages and kept me wanting more until the ending. I highly recommend to readers who want a taste of the urban jungle...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kathrina

    So you know this lost black girl will have a bad end before you ever crack the spine. The "Rape and Murder!" -- do not omit the exclamation point -- right on the cover kinda drives that point home. And in a quick 184 pages we get hunger, deep poverty, shoplifting, the possibility of rape, some rape, unquestionable rape, crack dealing, crack using, theft, child abuse, alcoholism, juvie, murder with a gun, a knife, bare hands, police brutality and probably some other stuff I'm not remembering righ So you know this lost black girl will have a bad end before you ever crack the spine. The "Rape and Murder!" -- do not omit the exclamation point -- right on the cover kinda drives that point home. And in a quick 184 pages we get hunger, deep poverty, shoplifting, the possibility of rape, some rape, unquestionable rape, crack dealing, crack using, theft, child abuse, alcoholism, juvie, murder with a gun, a knife, bare hands, police brutality and probably some other stuff I'm not remembering right now, but believe me it was some bad times. Like a ghetto Romeo and Juliet, the purity of love is snuffed too soon by hot tempers and the urge for bloody revenge. Despite all the hellish conditions and criminal hijinks, there is time to get to know and appreciate Sandra and her monkeylove, Chink. But there is simply no way to make me comfortable with her habit of calling her 16-year-old boyfriend "Daddy"; That may have been the hardest thing for me to stomach. Goines wrote nine novels in the same year that he wrote Black Girl Lost, 16 novels in only a five-year span. Some of it was written in prison and some of it was while he was using heroin. He died of a gunshot wound, presumably from a drug deal gone wrong. I mention all of this because I think it's important to note that Goines is pretty much an expert on ghetto life, and his novels are nothing if not honest. Sensational, yes, but also insightful. Goines was a Detroit-born, heroin-addicted thief, smuggler, pimp and numbers runner, but at the same time he was aware enough to paint a picture of purity and innocence that was his character Sandra, and how her life could have been beautiful if not for the scourge that fed on her family and community. He clearly points to the choices Sandra made and that were made for her that caused her own ruin. And that's what's so fascinating -- this man on the inside pulling all the stitches out so we can see how it all came together. And because of that I think this is important reading for any young person intrigued by black urban culture and the temptations of easy money. Perhaps there's a glimpse here and there of triumph and victory for our thug hero, but, in the end, every single person dies. Dead. Even the one person he swore he'd protect. Oh, uh, spoiler alert.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mattie

    I've had this book for quite awhile and now that I've read it, I can't believe that I was missing out on such a good read. What a sad and tragic 70s ghetto love story! My heart went out to Sandra from the very beginning as she was often left alone by her drunken mother to fend for herself. Sandra endured many things a young girl or any child her age should never have to. Chink an outcast of sorts had a hustle of his own as a means of survival. Sandra witnessed an unexpected incident which ultima I've had this book for quite awhile and now that I've read it, I can't believe that I was missing out on such a good read. What a sad and tragic 70s ghetto love story! My heart went out to Sandra from the very beginning as she was often left alone by her drunken mother to fend for herself. Sandra endured many things a young girl or any child her age should never have to. Chink an outcast of sorts had a hustle of his own as a means of survival. Sandra witnessed an unexpected incident which ultimately led her to Chink. Soon thereafter, Sandra and Chink became an unlikely couple with a common bond, the struggle of surviving lives of poverty. Although this story takes place back in the day, Sandra proves to be the epitome of a 'ride or die' chick. Mr. Goines was truly a master writer and storyteller that was taken from this world way too soon.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Incredible story, I couldn't put it down Incredible story, I couldn't put it down

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amanda B.

    After having read Dopefiend, I wanted to read another book by Goines. This particular book talks about the life of a young black girl, Sandra, who lives a poor life with her mother. Her mother is a dope fiend and goes off to get her fix sometimes without telling Sandra. There was this one day where Sandra did not know where her mother was so she went to look for her and this man was at the brink of raping her, until he thought about it. He lied to her telling her that he would help her find her After having read Dopefiend, I wanted to read another book by Goines. This particular book talks about the life of a young black girl, Sandra, who lives a poor life with her mother. Her mother is a dope fiend and goes off to get her fix sometimes without telling Sandra. There was this one day where Sandra did not know where her mother was so she went to look for her and this man was at the brink of raping her, until he thought about it. He lied to her telling her that he would help her find her mother, when in fact those were not his intentions. When they started talking and he realized she was just a poor girl, he couldn’t go through with raping her. Later on in the story she falls in love with Chink who is a friend at school who is also poor, and they sell drugs together. The teachers started to question how the two went from dressing “poorly” to dressing with clothes it seemed they could not afford, so they brought the police in. Chink was caught and put in jail. While in jail, Sandra was approached and beat by two men involved with another drug dealer, which infuriated Chink so he planned to escape. When he did escape, he shot the two men and one shot him, leading to his death in the arms of Sandra. I could not find too much to relate to in this book, but I did come to admire Sandra’s character. Sandra was a young girl who had a hard life, and did what she did to make ends meet. She took the risk of selling drugs and getting caught. But her newfound love for a boy who was in the same situation as her, seemed to have not shaken her. She did feel as though her living conditions were unfair so she decided to take a route which would help her. And perhaps it was selling drugs because she could make a distant connection to her mother, who she was not really close to. This book helped me understand why it is that people get involved in the things they do. And thanks to Goines’ writing, I feel as though I can look at things in a different way.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Hmmmmm. I have never read this author before. From what I have gleaned from google, he was a street hustler back in the 70's and then became a best selling author by writing stories about what what he knew and what he saw around him. So...this isn't light reading, but the fact he lived on the streets in the 70's is maybe why I thought the dialog sounded like HuggyBear. This is a story that brings about awareness. This felt more real than fiction because of the tragic circumstances that exist forc Hmmmmm. I have never read this author before. From what I have gleaned from google, he was a street hustler back in the 70's and then became a best selling author by writing stories about what what he knew and what he saw around him. So...this isn't light reading, but the fact he lived on the streets in the 70's is maybe why I thought the dialog sounded like HuggyBear. This is a story that brings about awareness. This felt more real than fiction because of the tragic circumstances that exist forcing others to navigate through them for survival's sake, often becoming victims and even perpetrators of the same crimes themselves. I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars. While I didn't think this was particularly well written, it certainly made me feel something. It is sad that this is life for so many, even in this day and age.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jerrika Rhone

    16% Done: One of my favorite things about Goines is the reflection of era he adds to his stories. Sandra is always in a skirt, etc. As far as the story goes, it's one of those timeless stories that sadly still exists. 53% Done: In all it's 70's glory....sheesh 3.5 solid stars for this hood classic <3 16% Done: One of my favorite things about Goines is the reflection of era he adds to his stories. Sandra is always in a skirt, etc. As far as the story goes, it's one of those timeless stories that sadly still exists. 53% Done: In all it's 70's glory....sheesh 3.5 solid stars for this hood classic <3

  10. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    I read this book over a dozen times. I doubt it'll mean to me at 3? (A lady keeps her secrets close!) what it meant to me at 16--when you would've had to pry it from my cold dead hands to separate me from it..... I read this book over a dozen times. I doubt it'll mean to me at 3? (A lady keeps her secrets close!) what it meant to me at 16--when you would've had to pry it from my cold dead hands to separate me from it.....

  11. 5 out of 5

    MeMe

    I pick a good book for my first read by the author and my gosh this was a quick, fast-paced read. Filled with lots of heartaches, I felt for Sandra all the way when chink came into Sandra's life; they were unstoppable. The things chink would do for Sandra and the things Sandra would do for chink. A young Bonnie and Clyde the loyalty they had for one another they rode tell they couldn't ride anymore. Sandra stood by his side no matter what the ending I wanted more. I love to read books centered i I pick a good book for my first read by the author and my gosh this was a quick, fast-paced read. Filled with lots of heartaches, I felt for Sandra all the way when chink came into Sandra's life; they were unstoppable. The things chink would do for Sandra and the things Sandra would do for chink. A young Bonnie and Clyde the loyalty they had for one another they rode tell they couldn't ride anymore. Sandra stood by his side no matter what the ending I wanted more. I love to read books centered in Los Angeles, California, this story any person can relate to because sometimes this the way it is survival instincts come in, and you have to do what you have to do to survive. You don't ask for the parents you're born to—your just born to them. Sometimes we get landed in the fuck up situations. We become the breadwinner at a very young age.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brian Sims

    Just read Black Girl Lost by Donald Goines - AKA Def Hood Ghetto Realism - this mofo can write, for real. About a young girl raised on the streets; shoplifter to quazi mastermind of her first-love, tough-as-nails, high school pusher. He gets some time in the joint, she gets beat up by some dopefiends, he breaks out and gets his revenge.. Happily ever after.

  13. 5 out of 5

    kisha

    Im not the biggest donald goines fan. Yes, I've read all his books. All of his books are basically the same and thats what I dont like. However, this one stood out. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the relationship between the two characters. It's like an urban cross between Romeo and Juliet and Bonnie and Clyde. Im not the biggest donald goines fan. Yes, I've read all his books. All of his books are basically the same and thats what I dont like. However, this one stood out. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the relationship between the two characters. It's like an urban cross between Romeo and Juliet and Bonnie and Clyde.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lulu

    A quick read, but definitely not an easy one. You are pulled into this story, heart and soul, and it just holds on to you. This story is raw and real. Despite it being written 30 years ago, there are young black girls still lost and going through these same situations today. My heart breaks for “Sandra” and the world she’s forced to adapt to survive in.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    My full review can be found at Melaninated Bookshelf 4.5 Stars A tragic love story set in 1970s Los Angeles. Sandra learned at an early age that the only person that she could depend on is herself. until her path crosses with Chink. Their struggle to survive and forge a future for themselves is told beautifully through Donald Goines writing. Goines simple prose effectively translates the teens love for each other, hope for the future, and struggle to survive. This is remains one of my faves. My full review can be found at Melaninated Bookshelf 4.5 Stars A tragic love story set in 1970s Los Angeles. Sandra learned at an early age that the only person that she could depend on is herself. until her path crosses with Chink. Their struggle to survive and forge a future for themselves is told beautifully through Donald Goines writing. Goines simple prose effectively translates the teens love for each other, hope for the future, and struggle to survive. This is remains one of my faves.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Keli R

    Wow! I’m nearly speechless. I’ve heard of Donald Goines, have even purchased and shared his books, but this is the first one I’ve actually read. I really enjoyed LISTENING to it via Bahni Turpin! She’s the best narrator...hands down! The book is a lot of things but my favorite part was the spin on Bonnie & Clyde. To be clear, there were several things happening in the tale that others might seem inappropriate, but I was down for the whole ride.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lois

    Listening to this I kinda had the same emotions I felt watching 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete'. Right from the beginning there is a young child in danger and it's just this slow creeping dread and heartbreak for what you know is, well, inevitable. This is my first Goines book and it is so raw and real. Won't be my last book by Goines. Listening to this I kinda had the same emotions I felt watching 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete'. Right from the beginning there is a young child in danger and it's just this slow creeping dread and heartbreak for what you know is, well, inevitable. This is my first Goines book and it is so raw and real. Won't be my last book by Goines.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Breanna

    My first Donald Goines read and it was amaze-balls! This was such a sad story but that ending though. Donald's storytelling is fantastic and I can't wait to read his other stories. The reviews about his writing made me want to check him out and I'm glad that I did! My first Donald Goines read and it was amaze-balls! This was such a sad story but that ending though. Donald's storytelling is fantastic and I can't wait to read his other stories. The reviews about his writing made me want to check him out and I'm glad that I did!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Richard Birnie

    Amazing book. So compelling, suspenseful and heartbreaking. The pace of the book has a lot of forward momentum. You really care deeply about the characters. Though some of it is really unpleasant and pretty tough to read. So glad I found out about this author, need to read much more of his books.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dee Cherry

    2nd read for this classic and it was just as great this time as the first.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine Williams

    It was a good story until the ending, which felt rushed to me. But I look forward to reading the author’s other books!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    This story was so raw and gritty. I loved Sandra's survival instinct, drive and heart. She did her best with the little she had. She probably could have made better decisions and had a different outcome but she probably didn't know any other way and she seemed to be working in the here and now, no time to put in for an result that wouldn't come right away. Chink and her were sweet together, his love for her ran deep and hers for him. It was crazy they were so young and faced so much. This was my This story was so raw and gritty. I loved Sandra's survival instinct, drive and heart. She did her best with the little she had. She probably could have made better decisions and had a different outcome but she probably didn't know any other way and she seemed to be working in the here and now, no time to put in for an result that wouldn't come right away. Chink and her were sweet together, his love for her ran deep and hers for him. It was crazy they were so young and faced so much. This was my first book by the late Donald Goines and it was a page turner! Not sure if there's any more to Sandra's story but I'd read it if it's out there. But I plan to read other work by Mr. Goines.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie Winns

    Black girl lost was an outstanding book, I pretty much love all of Donald Goines Books and have read almost all of them years ago, But "Black girl lost" was one of my favorites so I had to re-read it...And again I felt all the same emotions I felt the same time around....This little girl goes thru so much in her short time, from her living with a Drunk as a mother to almost being molested by many of the men her mom kept around to watching as her boyfriend takes his last breath. Bravo to a book w Black girl lost was an outstanding book, I pretty much love all of Donald Goines Books and have read almost all of them years ago, But "Black girl lost" was one of my favorites so I had to re-read it...And again I felt all the same emotions I felt the same time around....This little girl goes thru so much in her short time, from her living with a Drunk as a mother to almost being molested by many of the men her mom kept around to watching as her boyfriend takes his last breath. Bravo to a book well written and to Donald Goines a great Author.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angela Wilson

    This book was decent. It kept my interest and reminded me of some of my students. Sometimes it's difficult to imagine how life can be completely different through another persons eyes based on their life experience. One thing about this book that I really appreciated was that Goines gave a raw, gritty, unfiltered view into 1970s low socioeconomic urban life. The ending seemed a bit far-fetched, but it left room for a part two. I would recommend the book. This book was decent. It kept my interest and reminded me of some of my students. Sometimes it's difficult to imagine how life can be completely different through another persons eyes based on their life experience. One thing about this book that I really appreciated was that Goines gave a raw, gritty, unfiltered view into 1970s low socioeconomic urban life. The ending seemed a bit far-fetched, but it left room for a part two. I would recommend the book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Destiny

    One of the best books I've ever read. I loved it! Donald Goines was a beast. Sandra and Chink were a old school version of Bonnie & Clyde. Their relationship was one of a kind. Wish there was a sequel so I could see what happened after the end of the book. Will definitely have to read more from this author. One of the best books I've ever read. I loved it! Donald Goines was a beast. Sandra and Chink were a old school version of Bonnie & Clyde. Their relationship was one of a kind. Wish there was a sequel so I could see what happened after the end of the book. Will definitely have to read more from this author.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    Donald Goines is who introduce me to a whole new category of books, when I was 12 years old I would go to the library and check out his books, and read them late at night. He is the father of Urban literacy.

  27. 4 out of 5

    SlimmGoodie

    This was a great book. His descriptions pulled you into the book. I felt so closely connected to the characters. The ending is heart- wrenching. I've never cried or had so much emotion flowing through me reading any book. I loved this!!! One of my favorite authors!!! This was a great book. His descriptions pulled you into the book. I felt so closely connected to the characters. The ending is heart- wrenching. I've never cried or had so much emotion flowing through me reading any book. I loved this!!! One of my favorite authors!!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lenlyn01

    This is where it kind of started for me with the reading with sex in it that is.. This book was dark in a sense a put some light on certain issues I had no clue about. However, this author was amazing to me and I've read several of his books. This is where it kind of started for me with the reading with sex in it that is.. This book was dark in a sense a put some light on certain issues I had no clue about. However, this author was amazing to me and I've read several of his books.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    I do not know if this type of situation pushes forward stealing and drug pushing in most cases but it is a eye opener for survival, loyalty and love.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Latrisha Clark

    This was a good book, young couple in love trying to make it through all obstacles. Young black Romeo and Juliette, I really enjoyed it.

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