Little Black Girl Lost Reviews

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Book Description

Johnnie Wise was just fifteen years old when her mother sold her virginity to an unscrupulous white insurance man named Earl Shamus. Stunningly beautiful, with long naturally wavy black hair, she possessed the voluptuous body of a thirty-year-old woman. Her skin was the color of brown sugar. Johnnie had heard about Earl Shamus and his escapades among the poor black women in New Orleans. But what she didn't know was that Shamus had quietly made several of the girls in their neighborhood his reluctant concubines when their youthful bodies ripened-she was next.

Enter 1950's New Orleans, a world of betrayal, envy, lust and murder, where everyone has ulterior motives. Take a peek at Johnnie Wise, a 15-year-old girl, being pursued by ruthless crime boss, Napoleon Bentley, who will stop at nothing to have this young beauty. Little Black Girl Lost will shock you right up to the very end with its revealing truths.



Reader Reviews

4 Star Rating
July 18, 2005
Lost

Reviewer: Louise from St. Louis

I read Fate's Redemption first not really knowing a lot about the author. A colleague of my suggested that I read his other books. I was not dissappointed.

Johnnie was sold her virginity at fifteen years old by her mother to an insurance salesman. (To this day I still believe that people are still doing this.) This book gives her struggles and triumphs along with racism in New Orleans. This book gives a good picture of how young girls can either accept and struggle with thier "fate," or use what they have to get what they want.


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4 Star Rating
July 17, 2005
Little Girl Lost

Reviewer: Alice Holman from The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers

How does a church-going, singing-in-the choir, piano-playing Christian end up as a prostitute? Her mother sells her to an eager white man, of course. Sixteen-year-old Johnnie Wise's life will be forever changed after the rainy Christmas Eve when her mother, Marguerite, decides to introduce her to the world of prostitution that Marguerite has inhabited since being sold by her own mother. Feeling soiled and dirty, Johnnie turns her forced prostitution into an advantage. Investing the money that Earl Shamus pays her, she uses her newly acquired bedroom skills to convince the man to buy her a home in an upscale black neighborhood. While all of this was taking place, she finds a man who truly loves her; she returns that love, promising him that the prostitution will eventually end. Then her new lover's gangster boss wants Johnnie and the true tension begins.

Marguerite, in a fit of jealousy and envy over her sixteen-year-old daughter's good luck, attempts to blackmail one of her own customers, who just happens to be head of the Ku Klux Klan, into buying her a home in the same neighborhood. Things rapidly begin to fall apart for everyone when the Grand Dragon takes his revenge.

Keith Lee Johnson has written a suspenseful novel filled with rage, revenge, sex and even genuine love. The picture he paints of Louisiana in the 1950s is fascinating and is something of a history lesson in itself. I do hope Mr. Johnson is writing a sequel so we can follow Johnnie Wise and witness the rest of her extraordinary life.


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5 Star Rating
July 14, 2005
A Must Read

Reviewer: Radiah Hubbert (Urban-Reviews) from Milwaukee, WI

What do you do when your virginity is sold to a white insurance man by your own mother? This is what Johnnie Wise has to deal with in Keith Lee Johnson's latest novel Little Black Girl Lost. Johnnie, 15, was sold off by her prostitute mother. Johnnie is reluctant at first due to her religious views but quickly overcomes this. She decides that if she is going to be in this business, she's going to have some material things to show for it unlike her mother. No boys in her town want anything to do with her but when she finds one that does; she has some hard choices to make. Will she abandon the seedy lifestyle of prostitution and become a normal young woman again? This book is filled with spellbinding drama and suspense. Keith Lee Johnson does a masterful job with this cautionary tale. There is also a huge cliffhanger that leaves room for a sequel. Hopefully, there will be one.


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4 Star Rating
July 13, 2005
Lost in Johnny's World

Reviewer: Nee-Nee from Baltimore, MD

This book make you feel every emotion - this is an interesting story about so thingd that took place during the era.


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4 Star Rating
June 27, 2005
Best Book Ever

Reviewer: Kissy

The last book I read was over 18 years ago. This book takes you on a journey. I could see myself being Johnnie. I wish there was part 2 of this book. I couldn't get enough of it. I want to know what happens to Johnnie and Lucas. I highly recommend this book. Keith really did his thing with this one. I have shared this book with my co-workers and they loved it.


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5 Star Rating
June 27, 2005
Gripping!!

Reviewer: Linda F. Salquero from Fairfax VA

Hats off to Mr.Johnson...This is my first time reading of his books and I must say that I was very pleased. It was very hard for me to put this book down and when I did I couldn't wait to pick it back up. I'm not going to tell the story because you can read that in the description but I will say that you will not be disappointed if you buy it.


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5 Star Rating
June 21, 2005
I Loved It!

Reviewer: Connie P.

I thought this novel was a very easy read, it kept my attention, I very much so enjoyed all of the players in the book, the ending lends me to belive that "Johnnie" will be back with more strength and maturity. I'm glad that she was not only beautiful, but unlike her mother she inherited a mind to think towards her own future, and using what she was taught unwilling to make a better change in her life. I started this book on a late Friday night and was done by Sunday evening. I enjoyed this book so much I went out and bought "Fate's Redemption". The author gives you a story. He makes you think, he captures you in his novel and you stay there, and I love a novel that holds more then 250 pages. Johnnie is a 16 year old girl, I'm pretty sure she has more to life to share with us then her stocks and her sex life. I hope that she does not repeat the cycle if she has a daughter herself. Good job Mr. Johnson, and may you continue to soar and God Bless You!


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5 Star Rating
June 20, 2005
A Must Read!!!!!

Reviewer: Samantha F. from Philadelphia, PA

This book was one of the best books that I have read in a long time. I really felt for Johnny. But the end left me with a big question mark. I'll be waiting for the sequal.


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5 Star Rating
June 14, 2005
Outstanding!!!!!

Reviewer: Vereen W.

I did not want this book to end! I was hooked in the first couple of pages! The author was smart to end the book the way that he did....he kept everybody wanting more. I will be on the lookout for the sequel!


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4 Star Rating
June 14, 2005
Very Good!!

Reviewer: Lila

The book starts out a little slow, but picks up rapidly!!...It kept my attention. As you follow Johnnie through her life, you actually will see things the way she does, even when she's wrong...we all make mistakes and try to justify them. I highly recommend this book, and I'm looking foward to reading more work from the author!


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5 Star Rating
June 05, 2005
Lost Into a World of Whoredom...

Reviewer: Venessia Young from Clarksdale, MS

Johnnie Wise, the daughter of a prostitute known as "the white man's whore", was a model child. She sang in the choir and played the piano every Sunday in Church as lived a true Christian life.

One rainy Christmas Eve changed her forever. Sold like a piece of chattel to a white insurance man named Earl Shamu, she lost her virginity because her mother said they needed food and Christmas presents. Forever gone was the churchgirl. After being paid for sex with the white man she saved her money and got him to buy her a house and help her invest her money. Johnnie, sixteen years old, vivacious and beautiful, tall with a body to die for, hair black and wavy, had a house in the renowned Ashland Estates and a stockbroker. The book takes a vicious turn when her mother attempted to blackmail her suitor into getting her a house like her young daughter and when Johnnie finds a guy that really loves her for who she is, she finds out what the price is for love when his ruthless Boss declared that she would be his no matter what he had to do...even kill. This book had twists and turns and I couldn't put it down and you wont' either. He ended the book like there is a sequel in the making so I am waiting...COP this book before they sell out!!


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4 Star Rating
May 27, 2005
Good

Reviewer: C. Craft from TN

This was a good book although it left me wondering why the author ended the book the way he did. I was left wondering what else happened... other than the ending, it was very good and i would actually recommend this book to others.


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4 Star Rating
May 23, 2005
Not Long Enough

Reviewer: The Best Black Books from Baltimore, MD

This book was too short. When I finished it (in 1 day) I was mad as hell. It was good, intense, and disappointing (at the end). Overall this book is worth the read and money. Johnnie will win your heart as you follow her along her "prostitution" journey. It needed some work on the editing, but you are still able to read and understand where the author is going with his story. If you're a Keith Johnson fan like I am, also try Sugar and Spice. Another great story from this author.


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5 Star Rating
May 20, 2005
Great Story

Reviewer: Locksie (ARC Book Club Inc.) from Coram, NY

Another Excellent book by Keith Lee Johnson. A slightly different read from his previous books (Pretenses and Sugar & Spice), but just as well written and entertaining. Keep up the good work Keith.


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5 Star Rating
May 13, 2005
Great!!!

Reviewer: Cocoa from Houston, TX

This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. I like the time it was in. Johnnie was a child who had to become a woman real fast. The fact that she was smart in so many ways really intrigued me. Keith needs to keep up the good work.


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5 Star Rating
May 11, 2005
This Title Does Not Fit!!

Reviewer: Angie from Camden, NJ

Ms. Johnnie was not lost at all. This story starts out with a little girl trusting in God with all her heart. Believing in the words of the Good Book follow and fear God and all else does not matter. Well Ms. Johnnie was stripped of her innocence and her faith. After being sold to an insurance man for Christmas money, she thought where was God when she needed him. With her questioning her faith she relied on what she knew, and that was how to milk the cow that milked her first. She finds one person she truly believes she loves and the story takes off. If she did learn anything it was to use what you got to get what you want! And that she did! Great Job, Mr. Johnson. I really loved this story.


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5 Star Rating
May 09, 2005
Very Good Book

Reviewer: B. Beaman from Wilmington, DE

This was far different from the Urban books I'm used to but it was good. Jonnie done set it off for the community. Being sold at the age of 15 she had to use what she got to get wat she wanted. The book was so good I just want to know what happen to all the character as of: Jonnie, Lucas, Napoleon, Bubbles, and of course Earl.


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4 Star Rating
May 16, 2005
A Book for Thought

Reviewer: Nellie

This book was something tht was so true of this time period. This shows that a mother will do anything to keep their family going or to better her own life. It shows that some people do not care about the feelings of others and put themselves ahead.


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4 Star Rating
May 09, 2005
A Great Read

Reviewer: Mrs. K

I really enjoyed this book! This is the second book that I have read from this Author and I enjoy his writing.


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4 Star Rating
May 04, 2005
Good Job

Reviewer: NeeNee

This book was good. I was into it from the beginning until the end.


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5 Star Rating
April 23, 2005
A Gem Found

Reviewer: Phillwrite from NJ

Keith Lee Johnson's latest, Little Black Girl Lost, a drama set in the 1950s that departs from the thriller genre for which he's previously written, still manages to combine all of the aspects that made Sugar & Spice and Pretenses such enjoyable reads. Taut. Suspenseful. A balance of funny one liners and serious social issues. And, a fully fleshed out female lead, in Johnnie Wise, for which to root. Johnnie is but fifteen years old when her own mother notices her voluptuous body and the dollar signs that thick frame can generate. Sadly, Johnnie's mother does a sex-for-cash exchange with a white insurance man, giving him Johnnie and her prized virginity for greenbacks. At first broken by the experience, Johnnie eventually, no pun intended, wises up to the posibilities of her situation. Already damaged, she decides to use her body, and the hypnotic effect it has over men, for her own gain. And gain she does. House. Car. Stocks, yes stocks. But material things can't compensate for love or self-respect, and when Johnnie finds herself struggling for a real relationship, while balancing this seedy lifestyle, she knows the ball is about to drop. How about plummet. Johnson introduces a surprise murder, a nasty gangster with a gaze set on Johnnie, and various other bumps in the road to the second half of this novel. All of which propels the tight plot to a breathtaking, and powerful, end. Johnson knows how to tell a compelling story. LBGL is just the latest proof. Also check out the aforementioned Sugar & Spice and Pretenses.


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4 Star Rating
April 19, 2005
Lost Little Black Girl

Reviewer: Blacdiamon

Reenter the 1950's and meet Johnnie Wise, a fifteen year old christen girl who others sold her virginity to a white insurance man, Earl Shamus. While dealing with her shame at school and church, Johnnie meets her true love in Lucas Mathews. Will he be able to understand or even wait until she can get out of her "situation"?

With a mind and body of a women will Johnnie be able to handle the lust from other "clients", lies, murder and betrayal, or will she end up like her mother and grandmother, just another (...)


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5 Star Rating
April 14, 2005
Black Girl Lost

Reviewer: D. Brown from Charlotte, NC

Awesome. This book was a easy, well-written and compelling read. Each character blew me away. I could envision each of them and I did not want the story to end. Hopefully, there will be a sequel to this book.


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5 Star Rating
April 02, 2005
Great Book

Reviewer: J. Jones from Miami, FL

I just finished this book and I have to say that I felt compelled to write about it. It is good to see a AA novelist write a profound but easily readable novel. I recommend this book to anyone that is into thought provoking material. Great job to the writer and I will make sure to pick up the rest of his novels.


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5 Star Rating
March 29, 2005
Touching

Reviewer: Supporter of Black Writers from Everywhere on the East Coast

R. Kelly once said "One man can make one woman hate all men". Johnny has a good reason for feeling this way to say the least. This story is filled with truth and betrayal. And even though, a tearjerker, Johnny Wise prevails in the end. This one is at the top of my list and will be there for a long, long time.


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4 Star Rating
March 24, 2005
Playing the Hand You are Dealt

Reviewer: Ms. Toni from Midwest

Young Johnnie Wise knew what she wanted to do with her future. With her love for God and church, becoming an evangelist only made sense. That is until all her dreams were shattered one fateful night when her mother sold her innocence to an unscrupulous insurance man. Never the same from that day, Johnnie struggles with an internal conflict - would she allow her circumstances to define her or would she make the best of her situation? Down but not out, young Johnnie rebounds and pushes forward. But will the actions of one man sway her view of men in general? Enter Johnnie's world as she jumps from childhood to adulthood seemingly overnight. As she comes to learn that everything is not as it seems. And that some are willing to stop at nothing to get what they want.

As I've come to expect, Keith Lee Johnson does a great job with making Johnnie Wise real for her readers. You feel for her trials and tribulations and wonder what you would do in similar circumstances. A definite recommended read.

Keith, went to college huh?


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4 Star Rating
March 18, 2005
Introspections

Reviewer: Nardsbaby from Westside Chi-town, IL

Early 1950's in New Orleans we have a budding beauty Little Miss Johnnie "Wise" her very name is golden, and no one has yet to realize that this little miss is more than a sight for sore eyes! With a heart pure as gold, and a voice filled with praise Miss Wise is a child of God, and all she wants is to live accordingly. God bless the children!

That is until that rainy Christmas Eve. Miss Johnnie Wise innocence is loss forever thanks to the lust of a well known child molester, and a devious mother. A mother who in her own sick mind thought that she was sparing her child's heart! Did the ends justify the means?

Was I not a good Christian? Miss Wise pondered why she'd been lead astray. It wasn't even her who initiated the sin, yet Miss Johnnie Wise would have to incur the ridicule and try to understand the way of the world with or without God.

As Miss Johnnie Wise realized that she held the note for the most delectable "brown sugar" in New Orleans she uses her senses to profit utilizing her astonishing gift.

As jealousy steals her mothers life Johnnie Wise realizes that maybe it's too much. Or is it? She's found a secure new love in young Lucas, while maintaining her stocks, balancing her insurance, and the protection of the mob Miss Wise will ultimately school the onlookers.

This is a very detailed book filled with painstaking truths, lust, betrayal, and more importantly greed! Will Little Miss Wise be triumphant in the end?


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5 Star Rating
March 12, 2005
Couldn't Put it Down

Reviewer: D. Rich from Brmuda

Excellent story writing. I couldn't put it down. I left it home at one point and made my husband take me back to get it, making myself late for an appointment. The ending was abrupt and left me wanting more. So much of the story was left unreconciled, but an otherwise great book. A sequel could definitely work.


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5 Star Rating
March 11, 2005
Good Good Good

Reviewer: A Reviewer

This book was very good, I highly recommend this book to everyone it's the first book I've read by this author and I think the book was excellent.


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5 Star Rating
February 22, 2005
I Can Hardly Wait...

Reviewer: Roshunda Slaton from Miami, FL

This book takes you on a roller coaster ride. And as you saw from the abrupt and unexpected ending...the ride is hardly over. So, I will sit, buckled up waiting for the remainder of the ride, the sequel. This book is phenomenal!


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5 Star Rating
February 21, 2005
A Must Read

Reviewer: Keona Ingram

I read Litle Black Girl Lost and loved it. Its hard for me to relate to a male author when his main character of a novel is a female but I felt you did a more than wonderful job. In fact I read it in one sitting.


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4 Star Rating
January 31, 2005
Very Good Book Until the End

Reviewer: C. Smith

Book is very well written.
I could not put it down.
The end was disappointing though.
It never concluded Johnnie's relationships.
Hopefully a sequel is in the making.


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5 Star Rating
January 23, 2005
Like Good and Plently, Good to the Last Drop...

Reviewer: Chocolate Girl

Little Black Girl Lost is a novel filled with drama, action, and suspense. It will have you glued to the oversized chair, with peppermints and a bottle of water. It takes you back to an era where things happened and were often over-looked unless you took matters into your own hands. This is what Ms. Johnni Wise did. She handled business as she dealt with the life that was given to her, not of her own choosing. Ms. Wise had to grow up very quickly as her mother sold her virginity on Christmas Eve, and from there the trails and tribulations unfold. Your emotions will want to reach out and hug Ms. Johnnie Wise but she is resilient, a characteristic she must have in order to survive. So, come take this journey with Keith Lee Johnson as he invites you into the world of secrets, lies, betrayal, sex, and drama that Ms. Johnni Wise will encounter.


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4 Star Rating
August 17, 2004
Life's Sour at Times

Reviewer: Ms. Book (ARC Book Club) USA

This book tells a story of a young girl who wanted to be wholesome, but life wouldn't let her. The people in this story depict what others have had to struggle with. Although this is fiction, for some in life - it's not. I recommend this book for all bookclubs.


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5 Star Rating
April 13, 2004
Looking For A Copy

Reviewer: chkyrkarma from USA

I have been on a mission for several months to find a copy of this book and have had no luck. Since it is no longer in print, this task has been extremely difficult. So if anyone has any suggestions please feel free to respond! Thanks a bunch!


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5 Star Rating
March 9, 2004
Kept My Interest

Reviewer: Keith Lee Johnson from Toledo, OH

I enjoyed writing Little Girl Lost. It deals with some very important themes. Buy it today. You'll love it.


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5 Star Rating
February 27, 2004
Drama, Drama, Drama

Reviewer: R.E.A.L. Reviewers from United States

Johnnie Wise was an innocent teen. Unfortunately, her mother destroyed her youth by selling her virginity to the insurance man. Prostitution was the only legacy that her mother, Marguerite, had to pass on to her. Johnnie, understanding that she had no real control over her fate decides to take matters into her hands and at least alter it some.

By using her "situation" with Earl, Johnnie acquires a home, car, and stocks. She has a plan to stop living the way she does and live the life that she desires. Johnny has found love and admiration in Lucas Matthews. His feelings for her spur her on to get out of the life that she is living and soon. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes Johnnie's family and she has to use her "professional" contacts to assist her.

Keith Lee Johnson is fabulous storyteller. He introduces, romance, suspense and action in his debut novel. Truly a page-turner. "Little Girl Lost" is definitely one to add to your reading list!

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5 Star Rating
January 29, 2005
Awesome Debut!!!

Reviewer: dnew100886 from Toledo, OH

This is a good book in many ways, excellent read, very exciting from the beginning page to the end, the character Johnie Wise is a sick and depraved individual who should have received a beat down a lot earlier in the book, and the Mother who made her Daughter give up her virginity is truly a crime, but in the long term this book is a must read because it's in the year 1950 and about a single black Mother raising her Daughter the best way she know how but the means of how she raised her is truly sad.


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5 Star Rating
January 28, 2004
Awesome Debut!!!!!!!!!!!

Reviewer: dnew100886 from Toledo, OH

This is a good book in many ways, excellent read, very exciting from the beginning page to the end, the character Johnie Wise is a sick and depraved individual who should have received a beat down a lot earlier in the book, and the Mother who made her Daughter give up her virginity is truly a crime, but in the long term this book is a must read because it's in the year 1950 and about a single black Mother raising her Daughter the best way she know how but the means of how she raised her is truly sad.


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5 Star Rating
December 17, 2003
Little Girl Lost

Reviewer: Cathern Morgan from Toledo, OH

I was impressed with the overall content of this book. I had been looking for a book that I could get totally absorbed in and Little Girl Lost was it. This young girl Johnnie Wise was betrayed by those who loved her and as a product of her enviornment she did what she had to do to surive regardless of what other thought or said. Clearly when we know better we do better and she did the best she could with what she had. I loved being taken from tears to laughter and from laughter to tears. From beginning to end I was captured and was not let go until the end. I hope there is a part two to this book because I would love to see how her future ends. Good job Mr. Johnson you are truly an inspiring writer.


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4 Star Rating
December 10, 2003
Little Girl Lost

Reviewer: Tricia Osby from USA

I found this particular book gripping, shocking and funny. Yet, it tugged at the heart strings as you saw in detail what was once an innocent 15 year old girl, turned into something she swore she would never become! This book would make a great gift or addition to anyones "Must Read" list. I must say, I lost a lot of sleep over this one because I could not put it down. I love the way the Writer of this book breaks down his chapters. For the "not so avid reader", it appears that you fly right through the book without slow moving sceens and undiscriptive thoughts.Can't wait for the MOVIE for any of this Writers works!


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5 Star Rating
December 8, 2003
Little Girl Lost Is Off The Chain

Reviewer: Keith Lee Johnson from Toledo, OH

Johnnie Wise became a woman way before she was ready, but she took the lemons that life had given her and made lemonade. If only more people thought this way...I particularly like the stuff about the mob. Chicago Sam, Vinnie Milano and Napoleon Bentley. I can't wait for the next book to see how they interact. Hopefully, there will be another book. While I did think the book ended sooner than I wanted it too, this book is still a 5 star book! Mr. Johnson, next time give us men who love your writing more of the gangster stuff, okay?


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5 Star Rating
December 5, 2003
Praise! Praise! Praise!

Reviewer: cushin4pushin from Dallas, TX

Little Girl Lost is a very intense novel that anyone can relate to.It sucks you in and takes you places you are probably not even aware of!!!!!!!!!!!


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3 Star Rating
November 13, 2003
Simple and Absorbing but Disappointing in the End

Reviewer: A reader from Richmond, VA

Written in a simple yet compelling style, Keith Lee Johnson's telling of young Johnnie Wise's introduction to prostitution sucked me in right from the beginning. This story isn't a coming-of-age tale by any means. From the moment, Johnnie's mother sold her to the white insurance man, this 15 year old grew up quickly. Johnnie's candid and calculating view of her new occupation had me shaking my head at Johnnie's every scheme and ploy. This book was filled with just enough sex to keep you blushing. Little Girl Lost lost me with it's horrible ending. I felt as if I had been left hanging, as if Mr. Johnson threw some words down on the last ten pages because he got tired of writing. My sister finished it first and she agreed that although it was an interesting book, the ending left a lot to be desired.


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5 Star Rating
October 28, 2003
Outstanding

Reviewer: Sharon, An Avid Reader

Am I the only one that gets emotional over books? I can think of very few books that have evoked the type of emotion that Little Girl Lost has caused in me and I couldn't put the book down until I had turned the last page. I was angry throughout the book for the most part and that was a strange emotion for me to while reading. I was angry that the 15-year-old protagonist, Johnnie Wise suffered greatly at the hands of the one person we learn to trust early in our life, our mother. Her mother sold her virginity to the insurance man, Earl Shamus on Christmas Eve in exchange for Christmas presents and Christmas dinner. Propagating the sins her mother grievously committed against her, Johnnie's mother was sold off as a young girl as well. It angered me to see that these two women could sit around and discuss prostitution as if this is normal behavior. Johnnie had the ability to make men wish for younger days and fancier ways. Although 15, she was built up like a 30 year old woman and surprisingly had the fit and finish of a much older woman. Well versed in the fact that she was robbed of a childhood, I admired her courage to make lemonade from the lemons. Her many benefactors each granted her something other than money that she could grow from. She learned quickly that she had something worth cherishing and that same something would afford her a better lifestyle. In spite of her situation, Johnnie extruded grace and poise in spite of. She walked an amazing line between adolescence and adulthood, still wanting to pursue relationships more age appropriate while fulfilling her perceived lot in life. Little Girl Lost wasn't just about Johnnie, really. It showcased a mindset of the era. Set in New Orleans in the 1950's, there are racial overtones throughout that angered me as well. How black people were supposed to act, and the atrocities that happened, even the nuances of, were wonderfully displayed in this book. Mr. Johnson touched on topics that are difficult to discuss, and accept, and his mastery of it makes his writing a high priority on my list. I found that though I was angry, which seems like such a negative emotion, I wasn't negative about the book. I found that the writing provided a catalyst of change within me to affirm the fact that we shouldn't judge a book by its cover or in this case a person by their profession. Great job Mr. Johnson!


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5 Star Rating
October 16, 2003
Wow...I Was Angry And I Loved It!

Reviewer: Sharon Hudson from Tucker, GA USA

Am I the only one that gets emotional over books? I can think of very few books that have evoked the type of emotion that Little Girl Lost has caused in me and I couldn't put the book down until I had turned the last page. I was angry throughout the book for the most part and that was a strange emotion for me to while reading. I was angry that the 15 -year-old protagonist, Johnnie Wise suffered greatly at the hands of the one person we learn to trust early in our life, our mother. Her mother sold her virginity to the insurance man, Earl Shamus on Christmas Eve in exchange for Christmas presents and Christmas dinner. Propagating the sins her mother grievously committed against her, Johnnie's mother was sold off as a young girl as well. It angered me to see that these two women could sit around and discuss prostitution as if this is normal behavior.

Johnnie had the ability to make men wish for younger days and fancier ways. Although 15, she was built up like a 30 year old woman and surprisingly had the fit and finish of a much older woman. Well versed in the fact that she was robbed of a childhood, I admired her courage to make lemonade from the lemons. Her many benefactors each granted her something other than money that she could grow from. She learned quickly that she had something worth cherishing and that same something would afford her a better lifestyle. In spite of her situation, Johnnie extruded grace and poise in spite of. She walked an amazing line between adolescence and adulthood, still wanting to pursue relationships more age appropriate while fulfilling her perceived lot in life.

Little Girl Lost wasn't just about Johnnie, really. It showcased a mindset of the era. Set in New Orleans in the 1950's, there are racial overtones throughout that angered me as well. How black people were supposed to act, and the atrocities that happened, even the nuances of, were wonderfully displayed in this book. Mr. Johnson touched on topics that are difficult to discuss, and accept, and his mastery of it makes his writing a high priority on my list. I found that though I was angry, which seems like such a negative emotion, I wasn't negative about the book. I found that the writing provided a catalyst of change within me to affirm the fact that we shouldn't judge a book by its cover or in this case a person by their profession. Great job Mr. Johnson!


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5 Star Rating
September 01, 2003
Whoaaaa What A Book

Reviewer: Tracey Battle from Atlanta, GA

I am not a avid reader but when I got this book I couldn't sit it down... It had so many twist and turns and it always kept you on the edge .. I would recommend this book to everyone young and old male and female.


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4 Star Rating
August 27, 2003
You Give I Take

Reviewer: jnettefrommi from Detroit, MI

In Keith Lee Johnson's Little Girl Lost the protagonist, fifteen-year-old Johnnie Wise, has to grow up very fast. On Christmas Eve, her life drastically changes as she is introduced to the lifestyle of her mother, grandmother and many of black women in New Orleans. Johnnie did not want a part of this life, she dreamt of being an evangelist, but money was tight and Mr. Shamus? price was right. Johnnie resigns herself to this fate and makes the best out of this bad situation. She finds that she likes sex and learns to use what is between her legs to her advantage. She becomes a very shrewd businesswoman. She begins to use not only Mr. Shamus but also other men who she thinks can be helpful to her. As a result, this sixteen-year- old owns her own home, has money invested in the stock market, drives her own car and wears brand new fashionable clothing. However, Johnnie is in love with Lucas Matthews, a poor boy from her school. She is willing to give up the life if he can just be patient while she gets all she can from the men. Lucas tries to accept Johnnie?s lifestyle, but his manhood is threatened by her riches and in his efforts to become financially equal, gets involved with some unscrupulous characters.

While there are a few problems with editing, this quick read provides an interesting look at the ?kept? women and the dynamics of race relations, especially where sex is involved. Myths and stereotypes about men and sex are aplenty. Secret lives are exposed. A suspenseful storyline about whether or not a murderer will be brought to justice are the things that will keep the reader riveted to the pages of this book.

Jeanette
APOOO BookClub


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5 Star Rating
July 8, 2003
Couldn't Stop Turning The Pages!!!

Reviewer: Nichole Colombo from Portland, Oregon

This book grabbed my attention and kept hold of it until the very last pages. After being thrown to the "wolves",by her own mother, I read eagerly to see how Johnnie was going to survive. She started learning how the world really works. It was interesting to see her thoughts and actions evolved from being a ?good Christian girl' to an ?entrepreneur?. That is how the world works and she definitely was learning how to work it! I like how the majority of the characters all had something to do with each other. Also, I enjoyed trying to figure out how each one was going to affect the other one. Finally, the only disappointment of book is that there was not a sequel for me to start reading immediately after I finished the last page of this book.


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5 Star Rating
June 16, 2003
Wonderful

Reviewer: trenabell from Dallas, TX

This is a great book! It was diffidently a page-turner. When Johnnie's mother sold her virginity to Earl Shamus, I thought, "what can this child do". However, Johnnie turns the table on everyone and made a bad situation work to her advantage. The plot thickens when Johnnie's mother becomes jealous of her daughter's "success" and decides to take matters into her on hands. The results from Johnnie's mother scheming could almost be describe as a race war. I highly recommend Little Girl Lost by Keith Lee Johnson and hope you will enjoy his book.


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5 Star Rating
June 15, 2003
Little Girl Lost

Reviewer: Pamela A. Wilson from Atlantic City, NJ USA

"An amazing debut for both: Keith Lee Johnson is an author you will remember. Johnnie Wise is a character you will not forget.

"Little Girl Lost is a must on your list of books to read." This thrilling novel is filled with sex, malice, murder and mayhem. It is a page turner you hate to see end and worth losing sleep over.


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