Daydream's Daughter, Nightmare's Friend: One Woman's Journey Through Two Hells

Daydream s Daughter Nightmare s Friend One Woman s Journey Through Two Hells THIS BOOK IS FOR AUDIENCES YEARS AND OLDER NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN She was one horrible mess Always looking over her shoulder and avoiding becoming too friendly with the neighbors That anxiety st

  • Title: Daydream's Daughter, Nightmare's Friend: One Woman's Journey Through Two Hells
  • Author: Nonnie Jules
  • ISBN: 9781491254448
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Paperback
  • THIS BOOK IS FOR AUDIENCES 18 YEARS AND OLDER NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN She was one horrible mess Always looking over her shoulder and avoiding becoming too friendly with the neighbors That anxiety stemmed from a horrible place Always fearing that someone would recognize her face, she kept to herself and didn t go out much When she did, no matter the season, she wo THIS BOOK IS FOR AUDIENCES 18 YEARS AND OLDER NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN She was one horrible mess Always looking over her shoulder and avoiding becoming too friendly with the neighbors That anxiety stemmed from a horrible place Always fearing that someone would recognize her face, she kept to herself and didn t go out much When she did, no matter the season, she wore some kind of hat or covering on her head, enough to shield her face Walter never understood why she was such a loner, avoiding people at all cost and just being very anti social outside of the house Houston was originally her home, not his, yet she didn t even want her own family and friends to know that she had returned The only person she found herself being able to really open up with was Walter And although she tried to make him feel otherwise, he knew that there was still a huge wall up that even he would never be able to see over or climb Marisa had a secret and if it was ever revealed, it could cost her her life and her freedom.

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    1. This is a gripping story about a poor girl called Maiya, abused by her Stepfather from a young age, who her alcoholic mother disowns when she finds her being raped, blaming the teenage child for leading her partner astray! I don't want to give plot elements away but suffice to say her being abused is only the start of her problems.Fortunately Maiya has a kind and loving godmother she can turn to for help and loving grandparents who help her through the worst of times, which provides us with hope [...]

    2. “DAYDREAMS’ DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND” was the true story OF the “character” Maiya James. Let’s clarify here MAIYA JAMES IS ONLY A CHARACTER IN THE MIND OF THE AUTHOR. This story, from page one had us sitting on the edge of our seats, prepped for the roller-coaster ride it promised to be. This is the journey of one young girl who suffers abuse after abuse, repeatedly, at the hands of those who are supposed to protect her. Because of her abuse, she is sent spiraling down a very [...]

    3. Daydream's Daughter, Nightmare's Friend introduces readers to the complex, and dare I say unfair, life of Maiya James. As parents, we are to protect and shelter our children. We are to keep them from harm. We are to stand in the face of danger and challenge it ever stage of the way. Sadly, that's not what happened for Maiya James. Author Jules does a remarkable job of drawing out an array of deep emotions, as she takes readers on an unforgettable journey. Just when you think that things were loo [...]

    4. DDNF is not for anyone under the age of eighteen even though it involves the young. Unfortunately, it deals with a subject that has and still continues to occur, sexual abuse of a child, which is terrible. Maiya is a young woman that not only had to deal with poverty growing up, but she had to deal with the lack of affection from her alcoholic, mother to her step-father who showed her too much affection by sexually abusing her. This book delves into that cruel reality of abuse and its consequenc [...]

    5. Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend by Nonnie Jules was not an easy read, and yet I finished it in record time. And I think I know why. I wanted it to end so badly because I didn’t know how much more of Maiya’s suffering I could take. I agonized at her helplessness and I was tormented by the vicious cycle of sexual abuse and violence that she had to endure. Part of me was saying, 'if you’re not gonna kill this monster of a stepfather, I would!'Such is the effect of a well-written d [...]

    6. Nonnie Jules has done an incredible job on taking you into the dark, twisted world of abuse from the eyes of a young woman named Maiya James. She did an excellent job in taking the reader on the powerful, emotional roller coaster through the life of this girl, and addressing the real cycles of poverty among all sorts of abuse. The tale of Maiya's fears, pains, hopes, sadness, and joys created much suspense while the story constantly tugs at your emotional heart strings. Maiya was definitely a ch [...]

    7. Twists, Turns, Gripping, Spellbinding, Heartbreaking, Dark, Intense Page Turned! A Powerful Read! I Loved It!

    8. There’s a paragraph written by Nonnie Jules in the front of this book, before the first chapter, before the title page, that made me think that it should be printed out, and handed to every parent on the day that they first hold their child. Maiya’s story drew me in immediately. At so many points I personally wanted to hurt those who hurt her so badly. Her mother most of all. I don’t want to include any spoilers, because at no point in Maiya’s journey do you know what will happen next. T [...]

    9. Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend is the story of Maiya James, a young African-American woman born into an impoverished Houston family. She is the daughter of Aurelia “Daydream” James, a woman who is both emotionally and physically abusive to Maiya. But Daydream’s biggest crime is emotional neglect - turning a blind eye to the sexual abuse being doled out by Maiya’s stepfather, Duran Lee.As a writer, who is also a psychologist, I was very interested to have the opportunity to r [...]

    10. Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend by Nonnie Jules opens with a shooting. A teenage girl appears to have pulled the trigger. What would lead an outwardly normal, well-adjusted girl to shoot the primary breadwinner in a home stricken with poverty? Author Jules lures the reader in, sparing few details in this dark read. Think Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison for these modern times.Maiya’s mother is a physically abusive alcoholic with little patience for her daughter (one of se [...]

    11. Wow. Just wow. This was an incredibly difficult book to read, but one I couldn't put down. A conundrum, for sure.First, I have to say that Maiya's story could have been my own, in many ways. I wrote my own first novel to deal with abuse issues in my past and I'm wondering if Ms. Jules has done the same, as the book is so descriptive and thought-provoking, the story had to have come from the depths of her soul. The pain, terror, horror and frank disregard that poor Maiya suffered through as a chi [...]

    12. Maiya is abused by her stepfather, routinely. Events quickly get out of hand. What follows is an evocative account of her life, and the many trials and tribulations she goes through.I felt that the character development was very well done, so much so that I was moved to tears at times. There were points at which the main character came across as a bit numb, but really this is so realistic to how she WOULD be reacting in real life. The biggest defence is to close off . . . that, or go crazy. The [...]

    13. This is a fairly well written but disturbing story about an abused girl who kills her step-father one day while in a daze.The description of her internal thoughts in the first part of the story is so realistic that it's easy for the reader to feel her absolute despair and the helplessness that has pushed her over the edge. The narrative then goes back to explain what led her to the act and how the events have escalated over several years until she reached the point where she could not take anymo [...]

    14. This book is definitely not for the faint in heart. If you are a fan of Sapphire, author of Precious, you may like this book. My issues with this book was the explicit details that described the abuse of a child. Yes, this issue needs to be discussed. I totally agree with that, but most readers do not appreciate such harsh realism while reading UNLESS they specifically chosen a book for this purpose. In defense of the author, I did not read any excerpts before buying. This is my fault. Overall, [...]

    15. When the protectors turn oppressors, life for children can be nothing less than nightmare. Maiya, a nice girl, had to face such humiliation, torture and abuse at the hands of her step-father and mother nicknamed ‘Daydream’, that her life became a burden on her. One day, the anger built up inside her caused her to take the life of her step-father, thus she landed in jail. In jail also, she found no peace, she was physically assaulted twice and landed in hospital. With help from her grandfathe [...]

    16. Daydream's Daughter, Nightmare's Friend starts with a bang, and continues, relentless in its pacing. The first third is particularly heart-wrenching agony that caused a turmoil of emotions within me. I felt sick at the abuse the hero suffered, and couldn't put the book down until the resolution of the various crises. This, of course, is a testament to Jules' writing skills, the immediacy of her descriptions and the punch her word carry.Most characters, with the nuanced exception of the heroine, [...]

    17. Daydream's Daughter, is a tale of the misfortune and tragedy of young Maiya James. Maiya is abused, neglected and misled yet she manages to keep pushing forward. This book is intense all the way through and Nonnie manages to weave the reader into Maiya's world and shares all of the pain this young lady endures. Even when we think Maiya has found some semblance of normalcy and peace, trouble finds its way into her life over and over again. I was drawn into Maiya's life and ached for this young la [...]

    18. Young, powerless and vulnerable, I was shocked at the abuse poor Maiya had to endure at the hands of the people who should have been protecting her. I am in awe of what this young lady has gone through. The saying is true that 'whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger', and Maiya must now be a very strong woman indeed and well-prepared to take whatever else life has to throw at her.There were a few editorial errors, but the narrative flowed well and had me reading right until the end.There's [...]

    19. I found this book to be a page turner. Author Nonnie Jules, does a wonderful job drawing in her readers with descriptions that allow them to feel the pain and fear of Maiya James (the main character). The topic of abuse is all too familiar and Daydream's Daughter, Nightmare's Friend draws attention to this sad but true occurrence.This is a must read.

    20. This book is spellbinding while you read the tragic life of a young girl and cheer her on as she makes new life choices. The books speaks to the important roles of trusting and loving family member; how total strangers can minister to any one of us; and the gift of unconditional love. It is a book I highly recommend.

    21. Nonnie is an amazing writer. Her main character Maiya went through hell most of her young life being abused at the hands of her stepfather. She finds her way out of the nightmare but not without paying a terrible price. You could feel her pain as Nonnie takes you on a wild ride from insanity to redemption. This is a good book to read and I recommend it.

    22. A story that breaks your heart and then lifts you back up. The tragedy of child abuse, neglect, and a young woman's fight to rise above it. Highly recommend this book.

    23. Intriguing. Shocking. Gripping. This book is a compelling read! You'll feel as if you are there - and then wish you weren't! Excellent!

    24. Plays Havoc with your EmotionsWhen reviewing a book, it is necessary for the reviewer to step back after reading it and ask himself one essential question. What is that sets this book apart? What is it that gives it that essential individuality that sets it above the ordinary? Invariably the usual answers tend to obtrude. Perhaps it’s the writing? The characters? The storyline? Certainly the storyline of Daydream’s Child, Nightmare’s Friend by Nonnie Jules is unusual and dark and plays hav [...]

    25. I found the abuse in this story quite believable, accurate and heartbreaking. This book is a peek into a world that unfortunately many children grow up in today. It is not common that a mother would have no love or affection for one of her offspring, but in cases involving substance abuse it is possible.The title character is Maiya who is sexually abused repeatedly and because of her fear never reports her abuse. She has a support system in place but never uses it until she needs money. She turn [...]

    26. This highly charged emotional story is one of tragedies that can only be imagined by most. When young Maiya James finds herself in a situation of being repeatedly abused, sexually by her stepfather and verbally as well as physically by her mother, she feels only shame. As I was reading, being a former employee of Child Protective Services, I cried out to her to ‘please just tell someone…anyone.’But, Maiya couldn’t bring herself to reveal this horrible secret and so the abuse continued. T [...]

    27. Potential NY Times BestsellerMaiya James is a phenomenal lead character in a powerfully told story. Growing up poor in a dysfunctional home with an alcoholic mother, Daydream, and a sexually abusive stepfather, Duran Lee, plus five brothers and sisters in the projects of Houston, TX, she has one friend her own age, Charlotte, and is close to her grandparents, Dea and Papa J, and her god-mother G-Anne. After two pregnancies by her stepfather followed by abortions, her mother, in a drunken state, [...]

    28. "Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend" by Nonnie Jules is a page turner! What makes me want to read fiction is simple. Did the author create believable characters I can care about and does the plot draw me in so that I want to know what happens next? "Daydream's Daughter…" scores a big YES on both counts. And I must admit that being drawn into this story as much as I was caught me by surprise. Why? Well, I don’t usually read stories set in the criminal justice system. When the book wa [...]

    29. Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend starts with a proverbial bang and doesn’t let up. The saga of the main character Maiya James is a gut-wrenching punch from beginning to end. It makes the reader want to rail against the hypocrisy of our so-called justice system, and against dysfunctional parents. However, Author Nonnie Jules balances all things. She presents us with starkly good and evil characters. For example, evil parents are juxtaposed with saintly grandparents. The same goes for [...]

    30. Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend is a tear-jerking read that gives plenty of food for thought. Sexual abuse of children is always a difficult subject to handle, particularly when parents who are supposed to protect them are in the picture, but do nothing. Maiya’s journey to disaster begins in this way and picks up speed when she acts against her abuser. It is ironic that her life is destroyed because she took the only route she thought was open to her.The relationship between mother [...]

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