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Nightcrawling
Nightcrawling: A novel | Leila Mottley
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A dazzling, unforgettable novel about a young black woman who walks the streets of Oakland and stumbles headlong into the failure of its justice systema debut that announces a blazingly original voice. Kiara and her brother Marcus are barely scraping by in a squalid East Oakland apartment complex optimistically called the Royal-Hi. Both have dropped out of high school, their family fractured by death and prison. But while Marcus clings to his dream of rap stardom, Kiara hunts for work to pay their rentwhich has more than doubledand to keep the nine-year-old boy next door, abandoned by his mother, safe and fed. One night, what begins as a drunken misunderstanding with a stranger turns into the job Kiara never imagined wanting but now desperately needs: nightcrawling. And her world breaks open even further when her name surfaces in an investigation that exposes her as a key witness in a massive scandal within the Oakland police department. Full of edge, raw beauty, electrifying intensity, and piercing vulnerability, Nightcrawling marks the stunning arrival of a voice unlike any we have heard before.
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Elemar71
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Deblovestoread
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#12DaysofChristmas September #12booksof2022

A book about a young black teenager‘s struggle to survive when all the odds are against her. It is sad and brutal but there are moments of sweetness and hope. A very fine debut novel.

Andrew65 Looks a good debut novel. 1mo
5feet.of.fury So good! 1mo
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rmaclean4
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Last book of 2022. For a short novel this took me a long time to read. This book about a difficult subject was written well. Just not my cup of tea.

Suet624 I was so-so about this one. Although I gave it a 'pick' it was mostly because I was impressed by the age of the author. 1mo
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StellaB
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A devastating story of a teenage girl who is let down by everyone in her family and then forced by poverty to become a sex worker. The way she is used and abused is harrowing, and while she does experience love, too, her life as a whole is full of pain and loneliness. Like others have said, it‘s not a perfect novel but one that stays with you.

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ImperfectCJ
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I'm torn about this novel. It addresses some big problems that aren't often addressed, at least not in a way that retains the humanity of the women involved, but it feels...young. It lacks the perspective and emotional complexity that comes (hopefully) with age. (Continued in comments)

ImperfectCJ In the author's note, Mottley says that she wanted to demonstrate how a person can go through tremendous hardship and still retain her joy, but that comes through only very superficially in this novel, with the majority of the emotional attention placed on Kiara feeling trapped and hopeless. The novel is good and important, but I feel like it's missing something. #tob2023 2mo
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Addison_Reads
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While this book isn't perfect in its construction, it is a deeply moving story of one girl's survival and fight to do more, for herself and for those still in her life she cares about it.

I'm still blown away that this was written by a 17 year old and I can't wait to see what she writes in the future.

#adventrecommends @emilyrose_x

AmyG I, too, couldn‘t believe a 17 year old wrote this. 2mo
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Jas16
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Kiara is a 17 year old dropout who lives alone with her dropout brother and keeps an eye on the 9 yr old living next door with his drug addicted mother. Their rent doubles when they are already behind. Her brother refuses to work hoping for a rap career instead leaving Kiara to keep a roof over their heads. The option she finds leads her to be taken advantage of and abused. A harrowing story I had to put down often to calm my nerves. Fantastic.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty cover 🧡💜 2mo
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5feet.of.fury
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Finished this in 2 days. It‘s beautiful & awful, poetic & gritty, horrific, believable, sad but hopeful.

Based on real events, in 2015 Oakland PD made the news for exploiting teenage girls and then disappeared from the news cycle. A fictionalize account of a Black teenager who turns to the streets while trying to hold what‘s left of her family together.

Truly worth all the hype.

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11-7-22: My 111th finished book of 2022! Exceptional story about Kiara, an almost 18 year old girl, trying to make a life for herself, her brother Marcus, and the boy next door, Trevor. Without her parents support, both gone for various reasons, Kiara tries to find a job but winds up nightcrawling. The Oakland police do not protect but take advantage of her age and use her for their own enjoyment. Based on real girls suffering this abuse of power.

GidgetsTreasures75 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️📖#️⃣1️⃣1️⃣1️⃣ 3mo
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^^p 107, confessing to a friend, “letting the streets have you.”

P 170 “now we‘re sitting in a car running from things you can‘t run from and trying to forget that we are just babies who wanted to skate and walk around without no shoes.”

P 33 “Mama used to tell me that blood is everything, but I think we‘re all out here unlearning that sentiment, scraping our knees and asking strangers to patch us back up.”

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Pinta
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First-person POV of 17-yr-old Kiara fending for herself and her 9-yr-old neighbor Trevor in East Oakland. Wholly familiar yet unique character, other characters underdeveloped. Tender scenes of ear piercing, sudden swim. Second half w/ legal, social services feels less focused, less lived in. Who has the “luxury of f*ing up?” Teen forced to “give up comfort for something stable and harsh” (p 120). Strong, confident debut by 19-yr-old author. 2022

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17-year-old Kiara and her brother are barely surviving, and she is trying to shelter a young neighbor boy as well. All three are without parents, without help, without options. And as the situation becomes more dire, the siblings both slip into dangers that cannot be easily escaped. It is an impressive debut. The audiobook narrator was fantastic. Some of the prose at times is poetic, almost musical and listening really enhanced the experience.

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Lindy
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I have more to say about the tagged book in my most recent video —

https://youtu.be/u39qpjpCVXU

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Lindy
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Inspired by a true scandal about Oakland police officers having sex with underage teens, Nightcrawling is a gritty tale of poverty, drugs & sex work. It reminded me of books in the street lit genre that I used to read (Sistah Souljah; Omar Tyree etc). The voice of 17-year-old Kiara kept me listening to this audiobook, together with Joniece Abbott-Pratt‘s expert narration. Kiara is a memorable character, doing her best to hold her family together.

Graywacke Glad you enjoyed. I thought the audio was very well done. 3mo
Lindy @Graywacke 👍 3mo
HeatherBookNerd Fantastic audiobook 3mo
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Lindy
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I listened to Nightcrawling while walking through a temperate rain forest yesterday.
Highlights from a three-hour walk through Stanley Park, Vancouver are linked below, but no talking about the book, just 3 minutes of ambient sounds together with images.
https://youtu.be/p2_8q759D80

squirrelbrain I loved Stanley Park when we visited… but that‘s such a long time ago now, 1998 and 2003. On our first visit we stayed out near Lighthouse Park, which was beautiful. 3mo
Hooked_on_books Lovely video! Stanley Park is a treasure. 3mo
Simona I just watched your video and it is really beautiful, serene place. 3mo
Lindy @squirrelbrain @Hooked_on_books @simona Thanks Helen, Holly and Simona! 😘😘😘 3mo
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Graywacke
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The 4th I‘ve finished on the #booker2022 longlist, all on audio so far. I was into this the whole way.

Mottley is a little famous for being the youngest Booker nominee, at age 20, and for being really charming in televised interviews. She reimagines Oakland underlife from the perspective of a 17-yr-old prostitute. (Based on a nonfictional unprosecuted Oakland police-run prostitution ring).

TheBookHippie Sold. I‘ve stacked it! 4mo
Graywacke @TheBookHippie 😍☺️👍 4mo
Hooked_on_books This book is so good. She‘s an extraordinary talent! 4mo
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ncsufoxes
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Motley based this story off of a true case in Oakland, CA of cops taking advantage of underage call girls. She addresses the dangers that young girls & members of the trans community face. The main character, Kiara, turns to becoming a call girl at 17 since she could not find a job because she was a high school dropout. The story highlights the difficulties that unfortunately many young kids face: poverty, family incarceration, loss of a parent,

ncsufoxes lack of family support, failure of social & community supports. The story is definitely a mix of difficult subjects but such an important story to be read to understand what unfortunately happens across many cities in the US. Looking forward to Motley‘s next book. #bookspin book. #litsylovereads 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review! The cover is awesome! 4mo
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Deblovestoread
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Best of September:

Nightcrawling: I was blown away by this book. To be so young and write a book that has hope in despair and moments of joy in hard living. It was hard and gritty and lyrical. One to watch for sure.

I‘m Glad my Mom Died: I had never heard of McCurdy before this book and can‘t imagine growing up as she did.

Meshell1313 Love the idea of having one for fiction and one for non fiction! So smart! 4mo
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Graywacke
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My next audiobook, based partly on a true story. I‘ll start tomorrow.

Mottley is 20 and made the #Booker2022 longlist. I enjoyed her interview by Trevor Noah in July: https://youtu.be/eHg9M80GThA

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MysticFaerie
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5🌟/5🌟

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SonyaBeatty
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Looking forward to this one! Hoping to get to it this weekend. This was a #goodreadsgiveaway I just received! #beautifulcover And oh, yeah.... It's my 6th #litsyversary!

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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I should have known this book would be amazing before reading it based on Oprah's recommendation but I was still surprised. What really convinced me to originally read this book was the audiobook narrator. Joniece Abbott-Pratt is far and away my favorite audiobook narrator so I came for her. I stayed for both her excellent narration and the touching story of Kiara, and the many other women of color who suffer but fight, just like she does.

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MsLeah8417
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Deblovestoread
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I think I‘m over my little reading blip. Nightcrawling was hard but not bleak. The writing was excellent as was the audio. 4.5🌟 I enjoyed The Vanishing Half for #LMPBC 4 🌟 The JA mystery was better than the first and I was glad to be reunited with Quan & Justyce. Secret Sisterhood was meh. I think this is my plan for the upcoming week but who knows if that‘s what will stick.

Cinfhen Pumpkins! 5mo
Cinfhen Glad you‘re over the slump!!!!! 5mo
AmyG Very prety! 5mo
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RebelReader
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The Seed Keeper
Dovetails in Tall Grass
Take My Hand
Mercury Pictures Presents
The Night Always Comes
The Unsinkable Life of Greta James
#littenswanttoknow

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 5mo
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DHill
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Given the complex themes and heavy subject matter the narration felt a little one-note at times. This book, though, is so layered, nuanced and compelling with such masterful prose that the unwavering narration made it easier for me to process.

At 20-years-old this is Mottley‘s debut novel. I can‘t wait to see where she goes from here.

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mjtwo
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#Bookerlonglist 4
An impressive debut with interesting, albeit frustrating, characters and strong writing.
Kiara and her brother are struggling to keep afloat having lost both parents (one to prison) and dropped out of school. With her brother increasingly absent, Kiara stumbles into streetwalking and sexually exploited by the Oakland police department.
Uncomfortable to read and a bit uneven, this nonetheless leaves an impression.

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Abailliekaras
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A tough read at times & took me a few pages to get into but so rewarding. This more than lived up to the hype. The writing is strong, the perspective is fresh and the characters feel real. I was cringing at some of her decisions but that‘s a sign of being invested in the story & characters. It felt authentic & highlighted the barriers faced by the poor, but kept focus on the story. Uneven but brilliant debut.

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ClairesReads
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Nightcrawling is a remarkably affecting debut from a particularly young author; a novel which promises that there are great things to come. Mottley's narrative is authentically voiced, in a way that sometimes reflects the messy complication of difficult decisions in an unforgiving world. I felt that Mottley wasn't quite sure how to wrap up story and so while the narrative built in the first 2/3s of the novel, the final third felt a less purposeful

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DHill
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And hold #3 has come in the space of a day.

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shawnmooney
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https://youtu.be/Kuh1uccs6to

#kenyanreadathon

A playlist of all episodes in the Bite-sized Book Chat series: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU-61cZp1pQdBH5V0Zb9q-2ujl4PY8nhf

Chat #1: with Alex from Hamilton, Ontario

Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley

Chat #2: with Leah from New South Wales

All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews

shawnmooney Chat #3: with Samuel, a Syrian in Turkey

Someone by Alice McDermott

Chat #4: with Bill from Nairobi

And This Is How to Stay Alive by Shingai Njeri Kagunda

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
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jlhammar
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Another debut from the #Booker2022 longlist that I liked (or maybe appreciated is more apt?), but didn‘t love. I was hesitant to read this because of the difficult subject matter, but I‘m glad I did. Mottley tells an important story with skill and sensitivity.

Not sure that reading this right after a novel about a woman dying of cancer (Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies) was a smart choice. My heart is heavy. Booth is up next.

Ruthiella It‘s hard to “enjoy” a book with such a sad and also anger inducing storyline. I‘m not sure however that I will like the actual writing here. 5mo
jlhammar @Ruthiella Yeah, the writing didn't really blow me away. I mean, impressive for a teenager, but not really the style I'm drawn to. I'm generally a “less is more“ kind of gal when it comes to writing. Mottley is more poetic and really likes her similes. 5mo
Ruthiella @jlhammar Yeah, that‘s what I heard. I‘m also typically more appreciative of plainer writing. 5mo
squirrelbrain You definitely read two rather stressful books in a row…great review though! 5mo
Cinfhen I had some problems with the writing and style @Ruthiella but agree it‘s impressive for a teenager - and the subject matter was rough 5mo
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Soubhiville
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I‘m a bit speechless. This book is excellent and heartbreaking. I didn‘t realize it was based on a true story until I heard the author‘s note.

It‘s no surprise lots of people don‘t trust the police when things like this happen. 💔

Hooked_on_books Isn‘t this book incredible? Mottley is a serious talent. It broke my heart, too. 5mo
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books it was so good. I‘m so impressed that she accomplished this book so young. I hope she has a long career, I‘ll read whatever she writes next. 5mo
Hooked_on_books Oh me too, for sure! Before I had the book, I heard her on a podcast and she‘s remarkably poised. There‘s no way I would have come across even half as well at 20! 5mo
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Cazxxx
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Raw and powerful, it‘s astounding that this was written by a teenager. Based on a true story, this deals with some dark subjects and the author really draws you in to the story. Number 5 from the Booker prize longlist that I‘ve read so far

charl08 Looking forward to reading this one. #Booker2022 5mo
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Suet624
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Audio fiction tends to bore me & I find myself thinking of other things. It‘s a rare book/narrator that can hold my attention. This story succeeded in all ways. As others have mentioned, it‘s written by a teenager but I didn‘t know that going in & never would have guessed. The central drama is based on a true story & sadly I was not surprised by that at all. Teenager Kiera trying to navigate some terrifying situations & my ❤️ was with her 100%.

BarbaraBB I have the same issue with audiobooks. Restless minds! Glad this one worked for you. I enjoyed this one too although “enjoyed” might be not the right word for the book. 5mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I‘ve probably mentioned this already, but I enjoy listening to nonfiction. That seems to settle nicely in my brain. I read this book specifically because of your review. ❤️ 5mo
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Erynecki
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An extraordinary novel with writing that‘s really powerful, beautiful, incredible. The storyline is distressing - inspired by the Oakland Police Department‘s sexual exploitation of young women - but the writing makes you want to read all of it. The tempo, dialogue, it‘s raw and eloquent. Can‘t wait to see what Leila Mottley does next.

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Hooked_on_books
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Ho. Ly. Crap. How was this book written by a teenager? Teenagers should not be able to write this well and should never have to know about these things. I‘m absolutely shaken. This book is extraordinary, and would have been regardless of the author‘s age.

#bookspin

squirrelbrain Great review - she is amazing isn‘t she? 6mo
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain Absolutely incredible! What a talent. And I‘ve heard her on a podcast. No way was I that articulate at 20! 6mo
Soubhiville Oooo, can‘t wait for my hold to come in! 6mo
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MicheleinPhilly Yep. I‘m in awe. 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 6mo
BarbaraBB It had that effect on me too! 6mo
Megabooks 💯💯💯 6mo
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This is one of those books that puts me right in the shoes of the main character. I could visualize her environment, feel her desperation, and yearned for some relief from it all. Experiencing these horrible circumstances on the page is of course nothing like the realities faced by, in this case a character who‘s based on a young woman who experienced these actual events. Underage sex, poverty, corrupt law enforcement, child neglect.

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For a first book, this is well done. At times the story seemed to have random elements, but the overall plot line is compelling and the characters are well developed. Everything is stacked against Kiara who never is given the chance to be a child. She has to not only be responsible for herself, but takes on others when the adults in her life let her down. She quickly gets in over her head while simply trying to survive.

charl08 Looking forward to reading this #Booker22 6mo
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Thankfully it is a slow Monday and I could shut my office door because I had to finish the last 50 pages of this! A gritty, fast-paced story. The relationships stood out. How could you not love Trevor? There was a bit of emotion missing for me until the last bit. Not sure if this will make it to the shortlist, but glad I read it. 1/13 complete for #Booker2022 Longlist

JamieArc Whoops! Blurbed it instead of reviewed it. It gets a pick from me. 6mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I agree with the lack of emotion though it fits the style and Kiara‘s character. And yes, Trevor 🤍 6mo
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BookwormM
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#BookerLonglist2022 - Book 5

This is the kind of book I totally expect the Booker judges to choice bleak, dark and with an ending that promises little hope for the future. That said this is loosely based upon a real case the author has taken a news article and imagined a life for the girl in that news article, how did she end up Nightcrawling and what is likely to happen once events inevitably unfold

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BarbaraBB
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#BookReport 31/22

Just two books this week, I have been insanely busy at work. Good ones though!

TrishB That work thing, always getting in the way! 6mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB Such a nuisance! 6mo
KarenUK I know, pesky work, cramping our reading! 6mo
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Chelsea.Poole I just finished Nightcrawling also! 6mo
TrishB @KarenUK exactly 😁 6mo
BarbaraBB @Chelsea.Poole I will be waiting for your review. What did you think? 6mo
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BarbaraBB
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I can‘t believe this story is based on a true one. Call me naive or maybe things are different across the ocean but I was shocked to find out. Kiara‘s story is so bleak. All alone she fights like a lioness to protect the people she loves. Fighting against the system, against a police force that‘s supposed to protect her, against racism. Leila Mottley presents us a girl who should be a hero instead of a victim. #BookerPrize2022

(Pic: Me & my girl)

Cathythoughts Lovely pic of you and your girl. ♥️ 6mo
charl08 Looking forward to reading this one, sounds compelling. 6mo
Ruthiella Unbelievable that this book is based on true events. 😡 6mo
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batsy Great review and I love the photo ❤️ 6mo
squirrelbrain Great review and I love your Sunday morning pic! 6mo
rmaclean4 This is the book that scares me on the list. Waiting for my copy at the library. What was the writing style? 6mo
BarbaraBB @rmaclean4 it‘s fast paced and easy to read. (edited) 6mo
jlhammar @rmaclean4 This one scares me too. I‘m reading some others from the longlist first, but might give this a try eventually. 6mo
merelybookish The shit pool. An apt symbol for the rest of the story. 😣 6mo
merelybookish I mean what happens in the story not the book or the writing. 6mo
Megabooks Great review! 6mo
BarbaraBB @merelybookish That shit pool indeed, mentioned in the first sentence 😨 6mo
Graywacke Well, taking note. Love the picture. 6mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts @batsy @squirrelbrain @Graywacke Thank you! Our last ordinary Sunday together, she‘ll be moving out next week and start uni 🥹❤️ 6mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I was shocked, the whole story sounded so unrealistic I was a bit annoyed and then I read somewhere it was based on true events 😨 6mo
Cinfhen Great photo 💕💕and yeah, very upsetting when u read it‘s based around truth 6mo
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 31/22

It‘s my turn to host #CampLitsy so I‘m reading this month‘s first book, Either/Or. I also want to read as much nominated books for the #BookerPrize2022 as I can get my hands on! I already had a copy of the tagged book. And I want to read the little Kawakami that @Megabooks sent me ❤️

diovival Pretty cover spread! 6mo
Megabooks I hope love the Kawakami too! 😘 6mo
Cinfhen Wow, those covers look gorgeous all together!!! I can‘t wait to hear what you think about 6mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen me too. I had high hopes but when I read your review I could imagine feeling the same. We‘ll see! 6mo
batsy Gonna try to read as much of the Booker list, too 🤞🏾 It's an interesting one this year! 6mo
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Cinfhen
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#UnpopularOpinion
A truly sad, poignant and timely novel. I have much respect & admiration for Leila Mottley for shining a spotlight on how brutal life can be for young brown & black women. Reading about their daily struggles was heartbreaking but this book had some rough spots. A worthwhile read yet left me slightly disappointed after seeing and hearing all the stellar reviews.

squirrelbrain Great review Cindy! I have to admit, while I loved it, it‘s sliding down my list the more that I read from #booker2022. 6mo
Cinfhen Thanks @squirrelbrain I think everyone is so hung up on the fact that Leila Mottley was only 17 when she wrote this book that they are handing out five stars based on her age not on the book‘s merit. 6mo
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vivastory Thanks for the honest review. I haven't read this one yet & I still plan on it but I was wondering if part of the praise for this one was bc of her age. 6mo
Cinfhen Thanks @vivastory i mean it IS incredible what Leila Mottley accomplished but if this was a 27 year old debut novel, im not sure it would have gotten the same accolades. I‘ll be curious to hear your thoughts when you do pick it up. 6mo
vivastory I will definitely let you know 👍 6mo
Megabooks Good point re: her age. 6mo
Cinfhen Just trying to keep it real @Megabooks 🤷🏼‍♀️ 6mo
Addison_Reads I'll admit that part of my admiration and praise is because of her age. I'm beyond excited to see what she writes next. 6mo
Cinfhen Yes @Addison_Reads I am too! She shows extreme maturity and empathy in her storytelling. And like all writers, most improve their craft over time. 6mo
Centique Debut novels have a special spot in my heart because even if they‘re a bit messy or overdone, when you see a new talent it‘s always exciting. I will get to this eventually 🤞 and I will have tamped down the expectations a bit! 😘 6mo
Cinfhen I think if you just treat it like a debut and go in with no expectations than it‘s really surprisingly good @Centique PLUS the author really was 17 when she wrote it and that‘s pretty freakin awesome 😎 6mo
peaknit I started it but am struggling a little because I‘m not sure I have the energy for the bleakness… 6mo
Cinfhen It‘s VERRY BLEAK @peaknit and it doesn‘t let up 😣 6mo
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Holy shit, this is extraordinary. Leila Mottley is a preternaturally gifted author who has shown wisdom and maturity FAR beyond her years. My heart is broken for these girls and I so appreciate the tenderness and care Mottley has shown them. Just phenomenal.

Cathythoughts Great review. I hope to get to it 👍🏻❤️ 6mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 6mo
squirrelbrain Fab review - I‘m so glad this made the Booker long list. 6mo
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MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain I‘m actually someone who doesn‘t think Americans should be eligible for the Booker 😬 but I‘d be thrilled if she won. Of course, it‘s the only one I‘ve read so far. 😂 6mo
BarbaraBB Fab review. I want to read this one right now! 6mo
rockpools Wow! 6mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain me too! I think you‘d love it @BarbaraBB ! 6mo
Megabooks Great review, Michele! I 💯 agree! 6mo
Suet624 @MicheleinPhilly I‘m with you on the idea Americans shouldn‘t be on the Booker list. 5mo
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perfectlywinged
Nightcrawling: A novel | Leila Mottley
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Based on a true case of an exploited teen sex worker in 2005 the prose and characterization are so well done!

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nathandrake1997
Nightcrawling: A novel | Leila Mottley
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Usually I write my thoughts on a book. But this time, it is going to be a bit different. I will express thoughts, but not on a tangent I usually ponder. After reading Leila Mottley's phenomenal debut novel NIGHTCRAWLING, the first thing that came to my mind is privilege.....(continued in comments)

nathandrake1997 .....Yes, we are reading about a traumatic narrative inspired by a horrific true incident, but the key is we are "reading" it, which is completely different from experiencing it..... 7mo
nathandrake1997 ....While the protagonist of the novel Kiara is forced to take up sex work after an unfortunate chain of events, we readers on the other hand can close the book and brew or pour ourselves a cup of our favourite drink instead.... 7mo
nathandrake1997 ....The reason I am mentioning this is because most "negative" reviews of this book mention that they dnf'd the book in the first 100 pages because how it was about nothing but trauma..... 7mo
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nathandrake1997 .....Nothing but trauma", "too much trauma" and phrases of the ilk are commonplace in reviews dismissing this book. But, do the people victim to the ghastly events on which this book is inspired by have this option? 7mo
nathandrake1997 .....In some way, I feel Leila Mottley might have anticipated such a response. Because that is something which is evident in the rather understatedly innovative structure of the narrative.... 7mo
nathandrake1997 ....Mottley spends the first 100 pages to list out everything that is going wrong with Kiara, from being forced to work as a sex worker in order to avoid potential homelessness to becoming a victim of a ghastly crime of sexual exploitation by the Oakland police department to the gradually withering ties of her relationship with her mother, brother, bestfriend and nephew, Kiara's story is not about "hope" or "resilience", 7mo
nathandrake1997 ....but rather a heartbreaking chronicle of a descent into hopelessness due to the world around her failing her one facet at a time. It takes a while until the main culprit, systemic racism, comes into picture..... 7mo
nathandrake1997 ....Mottley saves that bit only for readers who are ready to be with Kiara even after the heart wrenching first 100 pages, because while there have been numerous instances of "systemic racism" gaining prominence in pop culture, has anything existentially changed in that regard? 7mo
nathandrake1997 .....The politician who talks about systemic racism gets elected, the actors playing roles in films about systemic racism end up winning awards and open a bottle of champagne, the white cis-hetero authors writing about systemic racism end up winning awards and they too open a bottle of champagne, 7mo
nathandrake1997 ....but, does anything actually change for the people upon whom said systemic racism is being inflicted? 7mo
nathandrake1997 ....Mottley echoes this aforementioned existential hopelessness magnificently in her narrative structure. Usually, there is a set up followed by a catalyst for conflict followed by the conflict itself followed by either a resolution or an end at a note of ambiguity.... 7mo
nathandrake1997 ....What Mottley instead chooses to do is use the first 100 pages to chronicle the aforementioned catalysts, catalysts that find an echo later in the novel. For example, in the first 100 pages we learn that Kiara's father suddenly started pissing blood and his health deteriorated and he eventually passed away.... 7mo
nathandrake1997 ....Kiara's mother blames the time Kiara's father spent in the prison for this. Now this makes one contemplate that Kiara's father probably contracted a venereal disease due to facing abuse in the prison. But then, in the second half, we learn that Kiara's father actually passed away due to prostate cancer..... 7mo
nathandrake1997 ....Similarly, other facets of the novel are layered and developed upon using such echoes as well. The aforementioned example is also a formal way of commenting upon how one from a more privileged point of view is conditioned to perceive trauma in a generalised manner.... 7mo
nathandrake1997 ....There are other instances of formal brilliance as well. One of them being about Kiara reading Trevor the second HARRY POTTER book, a work of fiction by a white transphobic cis-hetero author, as a bedtime story.... 7mo
nathandrake1997 ....This in turn is an indirect comment on the fragmented nature of "solidarity" expressed by people from a position of privilege. How, people of privilege who otherwise claim to be in solidarity with marginalised communities eventually end up still supporting the very people perpetrating harmful stereotypes.... 7mo
nathandrake1997 ....This support in turn helps the aforementioned problematic people to rise back to prominence and before long, they are back to perpetrating harmful stereotypes again.... 7mo
nathandrake1997 ....Their work becomes so prominent that beyond a point, the most prominent and accessible means of something as "everyday" and comforting as a "bedtime story" is work infested with harmful stereotypes..... 7mo
nathandrake1997 ....Mottley's writing is angry, but there is an astounding amount of nuance in the anger that one can't help but be moved. This indeed is "the great debut novel of our times." 7mo
TrishB Great set of thoughts! 7mo
BarbaraBB Wow. I just finished the book and I am glad I reurned to your review. 6mo
Suet624 What a fantastic post. Thank you. This story is bleak but it‘s real. Sometimes I wonder why I always go for the books that hurt but then I wonder why people are so afraid to experience such a mild form of pain considering the fact that events like these happen so often to way too many people. You nailed it. It‘s privilege. 5mo
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peta86
Nightcrawling: A novel | Leila Mottley
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Kiara Johnson comes from a difficult background, an errant mother, no father in the picture and a brother who would rather spend time in the recording studio than help his family.
Life pretty much falls to Kiara including trying to help another local kid Trevor with a similar family situation.
With little options and job avenues open to her Kiara starts "Nightcrawling with disastrous consequences.
She attracts the notice of the police who use her.

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Lizzie69
Nightcrawling: A novel | Leila Mottley
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Kiara Johnson has never had the opportunity to actually be a child or a teen she has always had to be the responsible one in the family.
Now she is trying to help a local kid, Trevor in a similar situation with an absent mother.
In desperation she starts street walking but the day she gets picked up by the local police her life changes into one of being at their beck and call for obscene purposes.
Is she brave enough to escape this life?