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Maiya’s mother is a physically abusive alcoholic with little patience for her daughter (one of seven children fathered by several different men). Bad things happen, which leads to unimaginable and awful secrets far too heavy for a young girl to be forced to bear.
Maiya does have allies in her corner: a godmother who helps the girl deal with the consequences of abuse; a best friend, Charlotte, who wants to shield Maiya from the horrible realities in her corner of the world; loving grandparents who try to do what they feel is right by their granddaughter; and others who drift into her life at various times. But this story is about Maiya, about her struggle for a normal life, about one girl who seeks triumph in the face of certain defeat.
Nonnie Jules has proven herself a skilled storyteller of the first order. As far as debut novels go, this one ranks high on my list. There are some sexually explicit scenes, so this is not a novel for the youngsters. But for those who enjoy a good, solid story, Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend is one you’ll want to read.
This book shows what it’s like to start off your life with everything stacked against you. The story of a child unloved, and put in the way of the worst kind of harm by those who should be keeping harm away. It also shows that the law isn’t always just, and that love and protection can come from those who society have thrown away. I loved that Maiya never gave up no matter how terrifying or painful her life got, and that she remained “real” and relatable, right the way through to the nail-biting, beautiful finish. Now I find myself wanting to know if Marisa will stay, or Maiya return instead, and what will happen next.
I’m sure it’s not normal to add a book’s acknowledgements in a review, but I must add that the time this author took to thank so many people, and the warmth and affection that flow from her words are something I’ve never seen before. Her thanking of the real “Dea” really brought a smile. This book had me on the edge of my seat all the way, and I thoroughly recommend it
This little girl Maiya was the child chosen by her mother for victimization. Why? And for what reason?
Who can understand the mind of a callous perpetrator?
It is typical for one child of many to be singled out as a scapegoat by a narcissist parent, and in this case, Maiya was the one.
The story is sad. It is also extremely unfair, and yet in life, these are the experiences which mould one into a caring, compassionate person.
All the characters in this story are believable, well developed and adequately described.
The subject of child abuse and molestation is a difficult one that often causes uncomfortable feelings and reactions from people. I commend Nonnie Jules for having the courage to write this story. She gave a voice to the countless victims who ran out of time before having the chance to speak up, or simply don't have the courage to utter those horrific details out loud. Great job, Nonnie!
Nonnie Jules does an amazing job drawing readers in and allowing them to truly connect with not only Maiya but the amazing cast of characters throughout the book. A must read.