HARLEM GIRL LOST by Treasure E. Blue
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Blue’s self-published sensation—it has reportedly sold 65,000 copies—shows a bright young woman fighting her way out of New York’s meanest streets, only to return and try to save the man she loves.

With an unknown father and a junkie prostitute mother, hazel-eyed Silver Jones learns at an early age to defend herself and look after her friends. These include Chance Haze, a soulful but troubled boy shuffled from one abusive foster home to another. The two kids are inseparable until Chance is carted off to juvenile detention after killing another boy in a street fight. When her mother is brutally murdered by a serial killer, Silver is forced to live with her grandmother, a vicious woman who beats her and drinks. She escapes to stay with her mother’s old friend Birdie, a transsexual ex-hooker, but flees when Birdie’s rough-trade boyfriend tries to assault her. Out in the streets, she runs into Chance, now a low-level gangster. They fall in love, but he breaks up with her after he finds out she has won a scholarship to Spellman, believing that his lifestyle would hinder her. Heartbroken, Silver nevertheless excels in college and returns to New York to attend NYU Medical School. She reunites with Chance, who is now a high-powered drug lord, but in her eyes will always be the same sweet boy she befriended at age 11. They get engaged, and Chance vows to go straight. But he quickly finds out it’s not so easy. Longtime partner Hollis, a hotheaded psycho who wants to take over the business, sets Chance up, getting him nearly killed and then arrested. Silver assembles a crew of old Harlem friends and executes an intricate plot to take down Hollis and free her man. Blue’s clunky dialogue runs the gamut from corny and sentimental to wickedly profane, but it’s hard not to root for his feisty heroine, who never once plays the victim.

A lurid, gripping debut.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-345-49264-1
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: One World/Random House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2006