Warner, Jun 2003, 23.95, 367 pp.
Though Ebonics at times makes it difficult to follow, SOMEBODY'S SOMEONE is a tremendous in your face true account of a neglected child. Ms. Louise tells her biography in an honest gut wrenching way starting when her mama dumped her when she was eleven. From there she spends the next few years buried in the abusive foster care system. Over the years Regina is bounced either among her uncaring and or abusive blood family or foster family. Though all the young Regina desired in life was to be "wanted and special”, she ultimately learned to misbehave as her self-defense mechanism until a special shelter worker gives her what every person needs: love.
When you read an account like Regina Louise, one does not need fiction for an angst laden book. Her traumas will leave no one dry eyed as it hits home. Most interesting is the paradigm switches that people will make if they listen with an open mind. Ms. Louise provides a deep from the heart reality check from an insider's look at unwanted children. Perhaps the only problem with this memoir is readers will have to wait for part two to be published.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner