Saving Nia by G.B. Jones

November 20, 2019

 

It's no secret that child abuse has been around for quite some time. You know, since the beginning of it, and all. But reading the books about it and one might think it is either an adequately new addition to the globe or that child abuse, in general, is so out of the common, so infrequent, that that's why only hardly any get mentioned. That is why I was so glad when I came upon this book. Saving Nia is a thoughtful, and emotionally honest read all wrapped up in a beautifully written novel by G.B. Jones.

 

Saving Nia is a novel based on real life events of children who have been placed in foster care due to a determination that they were being abused or neglected by their parent or caretaker. In this novel the impact of removing children from their homes is unreservedly viewed from the child's perspective. Nia, the main character, suffers severe emotional trauma following her sudden removal from the only mother she had known, her foster mother, who raised her since infancy. At the age of six, Nia is placed into the home of her biological family whose treatment of her is shockingly abusive. Nia builds a barrier around herself as a way of preserving memories of her mother. As she moves into adolescence and struggles with her sanity, she embarks on a dangerous journey to find and be reunited with her "mother."

 

It’s a well-written, easy to understand, that reads more like a real story than a conventional novel. The story itself is remarkable and deserves to be told. My heart broke while reading how difficult life must be for them given the difficult situations they’ve gone through. I think child abuse is an aspect of our lives that is too often glossed over or outright swept under the rug and I’m so glad I was able to find a book about this issue. I highly recommend this book to anyone and I just know that it will encourage readers to not give up through life’s biggest challenges.

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