Nowhere Girls Kindle Edition
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"This book definitely gives you all the feels and keeps you immersed, wanting to get to the end to find out where these friends end up. All I will say is.....be prepared for a full rollercoaster of emotions!" -- completelychelle.co.uk , 4 stars
"This book really pulled at my heart with the way the author wrote about the struggles and hardships endured. I was constantly rooting for Sarah, hoping things would work out, that she would get a break and the respect she deserved. This book is no fairy-tale. It feels incredibly realistic in the sense that things aren't magically okay. The characters have to work for their lives and for some, things turn out better than others." --lizzumsliveslife.com
" 'Nowhere Girls' is an interesting look at the friendship between three very different women which is made all the more consuming by being set against the backdrop of a corrupt regime. The author writes well and her work as a journalist allows her to give a unique perspective and this certainly comes across in the way the story unfolds.I enjoy books which make me consider cultures other than my own, and reading of the lives of Alba, Sara and Ina, and of their individual struggles as they go about their daily lives made me appreciated everything I take for granted."
"There are some really powerful and significant emotions one can feel throughout the book and it doesn't come from the characters per se. It emanates from the author through her words. The feelings of anger, frustration at the injustice and the overall desire for change. Forget the side stories or the fictional aspect even. The book and publishing world is all about women's empowerment at the moment. It's a story about loyalty, friendship and strength in a world of gender inequality, abuse and harassment. It questions the boundaries of female friendships and what constitutes a real friendship." -- Cheryl M-M's Book Blog
"'Nowhere Girls' is a thrilling tale of love, lies and the lengths a woman will go to for freedom. The title of the book says it all, they feel they belong to no country because they are not recognized as they are women, but if they don't belong in Albania, where do they call home? This reminds me of the famous quote by Millicent Fawcett,Courage calls to courage everywhere and I would have to say that bravery in the face of over whelming odds is the central motif of 'Nowhere Girls.' " - rachelreadit.co.uk
"I was intrigued by the synopsis for this book, and was genuinely interested in finding out more about the lives of women from a country I knew very little about. Teuta Metra has created three female characters, who were friends when growing up in Albania, but whose lives have now taken very different paths. At times, I found the behaviour of the characters confusing and erratic - but that is coming from someone who has (almost) always lived in the EU!" -- emmazbookblog.wordpress.com, 3 stars
"This book offers a great selection and combination of characters, timezone and countries that add to its plot and structure. The author has a very good ability to describe her characters and their feelings even when dealing with them in different cultures and mentalities. The combination of her characters situations reflects courage in analyzing phenomena and describing the social and cultural issues in her country so good, it almost feels as if she experiences them herself. Judging by the interesting topic and skillful way of presenting it to the reader, I would say this book is a must read for the confrontation with important issues of our society but also the realistic description of its time." -- Saimira Tola Khouw, Goodreads, 5 stars
"A page turner and heartbreaking story. Three women struggling for a better life while living in a country where it is so difficult to survive when you want to stay out of trouble. Little, or no perspective of a future where you can live with your family in peace without worries. I do not think people in Europe know what is like to live in this small Balkan country. The corruption of the politicians, the bad working conditions and no work for the young people after they finished school. I did not realize it was that bad. " -- Trudy Schipper, Albeda bookclub
- File Size : 2147 KB
- Publication Date : February 8, 2019
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 408 pages
- ASIN : B07NCY2Q26
- Language: : English
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 179760483X
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,215,885 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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The book made me think, what can I do? I live in a wonderful democracy in New Zealand. I am so fortunate that I can speak and protest and be heard. How can someone like me impact on the terrible things that happen to so many women worldwide? So in this way, the book made me reflect on my own life. Thank you for this insight.
The reason I gave four rather than five stars is because stylistically, I prefer to read character stories that tunnel in great depth into the character's minds. I guess that's just a preference. Maybe because the author wrote in her native language and something was lost in translation, or maybe it's just the way she writes. There was a lot of action in the book so it's a bit like a thriller in some places, but in other places it deals with effects on families and relationships - it's hard to put everything into one genre.
I commend the author for her choice of subject and hope it leads to positive change for women around the world who have limited life choices through poverty, politics or religious oppression.
While they all share the same goal of leaving behind a life of corruption in Albania, the three friends have very different methods of escaping. Alba will do whatever she can to get away - lie, cheat, steal – even use her loved ones. Ina’s top priority is keeping her kids safe, even if it means putting herself at risk. She’s forced to make decisions she’d otherwise never consider to ensure that her kids will have a better life than she did.
And then there is Sara, who I choose as the hero of this book. She's someone that any woman would be lucky to have as a friend. Driven by ambition and a desire to never stop learning, she plans to achieve her own dreams while paving a better future for her husband and son at the same time. She also remains loyal to Alba and Ina, constantly checking in to make sure they’re okay. The strength of their friendship is tested when Ina gets in over her head, forcing Alba and Sara to set aside their differences and work together to save her son.
Metra creates a fantastic dynamic between these three ladies that makes you instantly love all of them in different ways. Alba will give you headaches along the way but she’s worth it!
As soon as I discovered Nowhere Girls, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I loved being let in to the lives of Sara, Alba and Ina. I don’t know if there is a sequel planned for this book or not, but I would love to catch up with the ladies and their children. I also want to know what Antoneta is up to!!
The book gave me a good overview of how society works in Albania and it’s many flaws (not that all countries don’t have room for improvement). It brings awareness to the plight of women who are still struggling to find equality in their country and oftentimes in their own homes.
Top reviews from other countries
I liked it so much that after reading the e-book I bought the paper edition to give it to a friend as a gift. I wish people gave books of new talented and promising writers as presents rather than other types of gifts in order to encourage them in their career.