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Nightcrawling
Nightcrawling: A novel | Leila Mottley
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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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! 3d
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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! 2w
Cinfhen Glad you‘re over the slump!!!!! 2w
AmyG Very prety! 2w
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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 📚 3w
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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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27 Aug-10 Sep 22
#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. 1mo
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. 1mo
Ruthiella @jlhammar Yeah, that‘s what I heard. I‘m also typically more appreciative of plainer writing. 1mo
squirrelbrain You definitely read two rather stressful books in a row…great review though! 1mo
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 1mo
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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. 1mo
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. 1mo
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! 1mo
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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 1mo
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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. 1mo
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. ❤️ 1mo
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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? 2mo
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! 2mo
Soubhiville Oooo, can‘t wait for my hold to come in! 2mo
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MicheleinPhilly Yep. I‘m in awe. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2mo
BarbaraBB It had that effect on me too! 2mo
Megabooks 💯💯💯 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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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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NovelNancyM
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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 2mo
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JamieArc
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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. 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I agree with the lack of emotion though it fits the style and Kiara‘s character. And yes, Trevor 🤍 2mo
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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! 2mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB Such a nuisance! 2mo
KarenUK I know, pesky work, cramping our reading! 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole I just finished Nightcrawling also! 2mo
TrishB @KarenUK exactly 😁 2mo
BarbaraBB @Chelsea.Poole I will be waiting for your review. What did you think? 2mo
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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. ♥️ 2mo
charl08 Looking forward to reading this one, sounds compelling. 2mo
Ruthiella Unbelievable that this book is based on true events. 😡 2mo
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batsy Great review and I love the photo ❤️ 2mo
squirrelbrain Great review and I love your Sunday morning pic! 2mo
rmaclean4 This is the book that scares me on the list. Waiting for my copy at the library. What was the writing style? 2mo
BarbaraBB @rmaclean4 it‘s fast paced and easy to read. (edited) 2mo
jlhammar @rmaclean4 This one scares me too. I‘m reading some others from the longlist first, but might give this a try eventually. 2mo
merelybookish The shit pool. An apt symbol for the rest of the story. 😣 2mo
merelybookish I mean what happens in the story not the book or the writing. 2mo
Megabooks Great review! 2mo
BarbaraBB @merelybookish That shit pool indeed, mentioned in the first sentence 😨 2mo
Graywacke Well, taking note. Love the picture. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts @batsy @squirrelbrain @Graywacke Thank you! Our last ordinary Sunday together, she‘ll be moving out next week and start uni 🥹❤️ 2mo
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 😨 2mo
Cinfhen Great photo 💕💕and yeah, very upsetting when u read it‘s based around truth 2mo
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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! 2mo
Megabooks I hope love the Kawakami too! 😘 2mo
Cinfhen Wow, those covers look gorgeous all together!!! I can‘t wait to hear what you think about 2mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen me too. I had high hopes but when I read your review I could imagine feeling the same. We‘ll see! 2mo
batsy Gonna try to read as much of the Booker list, too 🤞🏾 It's an interesting one this year! 2mo
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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. 2mo
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. 2mo
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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. 2mo
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. 2mo
vivastory I will definitely let you know 👍 2mo
Megabooks Good point re: her age. 2mo
Cinfhen Just trying to keep it real @Megabooks 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
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. 2mo
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. 2mo
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! 😘 2mo
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 😎 2mo
peaknit I started it but am struggling a little because I‘m not sure I have the energy for the bleakness… 2mo
Cinfhen It‘s VERRY BLEAK @peaknit and it doesn‘t let up 😣 2mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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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 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 2mo
squirrelbrain Fab review - I‘m so glad this made the Booker long list. 2mo
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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. 😂 2mo
BarbaraBB Fab review. I want to read this one right now! 2mo
rockpools Wow! 2mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain me too! I think you‘d love it @BarbaraBB ! 2mo
Megabooks Great review, Michele! I 💯 agree! 2mo
Suet624 @MicheleinPhilly I‘m with you on the idea Americans shouldn‘t be on the Booker list. 1mo
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perfectlywinged
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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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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..... 3mo
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.... 3mo
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..... 3mo
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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? 3mo
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.... 3mo
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", 3mo
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..... 3mo
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? 3mo
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, 3mo
nathandrake1997 ....but, does anything actually change for the people upon whom said systemic racism is being inflicted? 3mo
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.... 3mo
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.... 3mo
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..... 3mo
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.... 3mo
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.... 3mo
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.... 3mo
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.... 3mo
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..... 3mo
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." 3mo
TrishB Great set of thoughts! 3mo
BarbaraBB Wow. I just finished the book and I am glad I reurned to your review. 2mo
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. 1mo
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peta86
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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
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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?

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Megabooks
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Mottley climbed into the shoes of her MC with a maturity well beyond 17. It would‘ve been easy to turn this into a morality play, but she takes it into an interesting gray area.

Kiara‘s parents are out of reach, and she depends on her brother for support. When Marcus gets caught up trying to become a rapper, she is left to underage sex work to pay rent. When crooked cops trap her, she soon becomes the focus of a citywide investigation. ⬇️

Megabooks This is based on a true story from Oakland, CA. Also here is the interview with Seth Meyers where she talks about her process. https://youtu.be/PZav37VBUSg 3mo
squirrelbrain Great review Meg! 3mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain thank you!! 3mo
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BarbaraBB Did you love the whole book as much as the beginning? 3mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I did! It is a great book, and I‘m definitely on board for what she does next! 3mo
BarbaraBB Great! 3mo
Cinfhen Sounds like a rough read!!! 3mo
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abookishbutterfly
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I can see why this book has received so much acclaim; why Oprah would put her seal of approval on it. It‘s authentic and dark, which is typically my ideal combination, and it‘s clear that Mottley has a compassionate and profound mind. My feelings about this debut won‘t keep me away from whatever she writes in the future. She grappled with an important subject matter and I‘d love to see what else she addresses as she continues to hone her craft.

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EKonrad
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Absolutely stunned this was written by a teenager - such brilliance! So glad Oprah picked this for her book club so it might get a little more attention.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #arc

Full review on Goodreads

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This debut novel had me from the first chapter. This is an intense story about a 17 year old girl named Kiara who has had to deal with too much in her life. Her father has passed, her mother is in a halfway house, and her brother Marcus is an aspiring rap star who has focused only on his career, not on their mutual survival in Oakland. Kiara thinks she has found a solution in the world of sex work but the consequences of this are far reaching.

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I‘m so glad I have this book on the way because I‘m just finishing up the episode of Leila Mottley on Poured Over and HOLY CRAP! She‘s 19! She finished the first draft of this book at 17! She‘s a very impressive young woman, and this is a great episode (of a great podcast). On Apple podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/poured-over/id1567969228?i=1000565761534

vivastory Just subscribed! Thanks for posting! For #camplitsy campers, Sara Novic is featured on the 4/12 episode 4mo
Hooked_on_books @vivastory I think you‘ll enjoy it. The host, Miwa, is so good. She asks great questions and clearly reads the books thoughtfully. 4mo
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squirrelbrain
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I can‘t believe that the author wrote this book when she was just 17. Kiara is a young girl left alone with her older brother, whilst trying to find money to pay the rent, as well as look after a young boy whose mother keeps abandoning him.

Based on a true story of police corruption, it‘s a harrowing read but so beautifully written; I can‘t stop thinking about it.

Quite a few CW so shout if you want to know more before reading.

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Megabooks I‘m thinking hard about picking up the audiobook. Do you think it would work in that format? Great review! I feel like reading the whole camp litsy long list! 4mo
squirrelbrain I think the narrative would lend itself well to audio. @Megabooks - a reservation, though; I just listened to the Audible sample and I don‘t think that the narrator sounds ‘raw‘ enough. I too want to read the whole longlist…I have a few on #netgalley as I kept requesting them at the time! 4mo
BarbaraBB Greta review! I am tempted to read the whole longlist too haha @Megabooks ! 4mo
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Megabooks Just ordered from Amazon! 😁 4mo
squirrelbrain Hope you like it when it arrives @Megabooks ! 4mo
Cinfhen I think I might need to add this to my Amazon cart too @Megabooks 😱 4mo
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Gift card book haul!

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Mpcacher
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This dark and disturbing, yet beautifully written, novel will inhabit my thoughts for a long while. It will continue to remind me that not everyone begins at the same starting line in life and many people are just doing the best they can. The story is dark and somewhat depressing, but I still really enjoyed it and look forward to more form this very young author. I gave it 4.5/5 stars.

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Addison_Reads
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Leila Mottley was only 17 when she wrote this book and that completely blows my mind. This book was not an easy read at all but the maturity with which Mottley writes places her prose in the same category as the most seasoned authors of our time.

Nightcrawling follows Kiara as she does whatever she can just to survive another day. When she finds herself caught up in a cover-up with the police she once again must fight for her own survival.
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Addison_Reads This book destroyed me emotionally while reading it and yet, I couldn't put it down. The rawness of the text made everything so vivid that I caught myself overwhelmed at times with the difficult decisions Kiara had to make. Although this book will not be for everyone, this young author has a talent with words and she deserves all the praise. #NetGalley 4mo
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#CampToB22 #summercampsuggestions

I've read several great 2022 releases already that I'd love to see in the ToB, but these six are ones I am looking forward to reading. Most are upcoming releases that cover the wide range of genres/subjects I enjoy reading.

Chelsea.Poole I nearly added Nightcrawling and Rogues to my list! 😊 5mo
Addison_Reads @Chelsea.Poole there were two on your list I had written down as well, Elsewhere and Here Goes Nothing. Great minds think alike. 😉 5mo
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Chelsea.Poole lol indeed! Did you read this one? 5mo
Addison_Reads @Chelsea.Poole Yes, I enjoyed Saint X a lot unlike many other readers. 5mo
squirrelbrain I nearly added Nightcrawling to my list too, as I have a #netgalley ARC! @Chelsea.Poole Oh, and I also enjoyed Saint X. 5mo
BarbaraBB I am screenshotting again! I am so delighted about all suggestions!
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Cinfhen Ohhhh, 5 new to me titles!!!! Need to go check them out and I loved Saint X- the audio was fabulous 5mo
Chelsea.Poole @Addison_Reads me too!! I do remember seeing lots of “meh” about Saint X but it‘s stayed with me since reading it. @squirrelbrain @cinfhen guess we are united in our thumbs up for Saint X. That‘s why Elsewhere made my list, plus the description! 5mo
vivastory If I had included NF, Rogues would have been on my list. I was completely unaware of the Heltzel & I think it sounds great. The tob has definitely blurred genre boundaries the past few years with nominees like My Sister the Serial Killer and Echo Wife, so it'd be great to see a horror/thriller on a summer list. 5mo
Ruthiella Fantastic list! Every single title is new to me! What I love about the TOB and this adjacent Litsy thread is the discovery of new to me books and authors! 5mo
Cinfhen Same @Ruthiella 🤩💜 5mo
thebluestocking I love this! I haven‘t heard of any of them, but I‘m going to check them out. 💙 5mo
kwmg40 I loved Riot Baby and hadn't realized there's a new book by Tochi Onyebuchi. I look forward to reading this one. 5mo
Addison_Reads @kwmg40 I loved Riot Baby too. I've been waiting on my local library to get Goliath but I might give in and buy it for myself. 😁 5mo
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AuthorAnnaBella
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Pickpick

Hold onto your edges because Nightcrawling will have you clutching your pearls and biting your fingernails. Raw & heartbreaking, filled with generational trauma, family and community dysfunction. Leila Mottley penned a hell of a debut novel ~ Nightcrawling. Although this is listed under the Literary Fiction - Urban Life genre, there is absolutely nothing in this story that's fictional. Kiara, the main character is a young, vulnerable & invincible

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This astonishingly intense debut novel from Leila Mottley (who wrote the book at age SEVENTEEN) follows the story of Kiara, an Oakland teenager whose difficult life circumstances land her in a nightmare of abuse & scandal at the hands of a group of Oakland police officers. Inspired by a real case, Mottley puts her dazzling poetic skills to work (she was the 2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate) telling a story as powerful & tender as it is disturbing.