Reviewed by: Delonya Conyers
Eighteen year old Joy Williams has a lot to deal with. Her family relocated to Philly and she's struggling with adjusting to her new high school. But what she misses the most is her boyfriend Joshua. Josh was her foundation and she relied on him heavily to block out her problems at home. Joy's mother, Deborah, is mentally ill and her father, Michael works long hours in an effort to avoid his emotionally imbalanced wife.
After one of her motherís episodes Joy attempts to reach out to Josh back in Brooklyn. But when his phone is answered by another woman Joy is forced to re-evaluate her relationship with Josh. Enters Kevin Jacobs into Joy's life and after being showered with real love and affection Joy finally realizes that Josh never truly loved her. Never being showed affection from either of her parents led Joy to mistake Joshís abusive tendencies for love.
Fearful of losing control over Joy, Josh comes to Philly in an attempt to reclaim her. Joy is caught up in a violent confrontation between both men that eventually leads to death for one and incarceration for the other. The heartache for Joy doesnít end there because her motherís instability eventually leads to the death of both of her parents. Turning Joy into a homeless, high school drop out.
With no one left to turn to how will Joy survive? Will she be forced to use Nookie to get ahead? Author Anieshea Dansby's Nookie explores just how much a naÔve teenager endure before transforming into a cold manipulator.
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