The Best Girl

By Joan Hicks Boone

Joan's neighborhood is filled with kids of all ages, but even her closest friends don't know how violent Joan's dad is, or how difficult it is for her to navigate the troubled waters of her home life. Joan becomes adept at reading her dad's mood, and trying to prevent him from inflicting harm upon her mom. But, time and again, her dad succeeds in his mission. As the violence escalates, Joan is plagued with the constant fear that her mother may die. Repeatedly she asks the same questions: why is her dad so violent and why can't he be stopped? Throughout the course of her childhood, several heroes enter Joan's life. Readers will cheer for each as they offer Joan gifts of validation, acceptance and hope.

Joan's exceptional yet frank storytelling brings the reader directly into her home, providing unembellished awareness of the multiple issues that encompass domestic violence. The Best Girl is a story of resilience and survival and, as the book concludes, readers are left with feelings of possibility and hope: it appears that sixteen-year old Joan is going to make it.


"Told with poetic soul, The Best Girl reminds you that hope cannot be stopped." --Renita Fisher

"An intimate portrait of the surreal terror of growing up in an abusive household, The Best Girl takes you on a journey that will ground you in the reality of the fear that many victims of domestic violence face--often in silence. --Hunter E. Cantrell

"Spoken in her own voice, Joan Hicks Boone, illustrates the exhaustive fear a child growing up in a violent home endures. Concurrent dysfunctions, such as her mother's lack of emotional energy, are layered between Joan's ultimate wish--that her mom survives. Hope, and change, come to Joan by way of brave neighbors, teachers and friends who offer validation and support. This book is not an easy read, but it's importance cannot be overstated: society must do more to support victims and survivors of domestic violence." --Lori Ann Clark, Business Owner and Candidate, Minnesota House of Representatives

"In The Best Girl, Joan Hicks Boone has put forth extraordinary courage by laying bare the trauma of her childhood and taking readers through her journey of survival. It is not easy to face the dragons of our past, but that is exactly what Joan has done, and is what is needed for transformation and healing to occur. My hope is that Joan's bravery will provide other survivors of trauma with hope for their own future; it is possible to heal." --Keith J. Sullivan, PT, BodyWorks Physical Therapy, Inc.


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About the Paperback

Publisher Koehler Books
Publish date 04/30/2018
Pages 356
ISBN-13 9781633935822
ISBN-10 1633935825
Language English