Somebody's Someone by Regina Louise
A Memoir

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What happens to a child when her own parents reject her and sit idly by as others abuse her? In this poignant, heart wrenching debut work, Regina Louise recounts her childhood search for someone to feel connected to. A mother she has never known--but long fantasized about-- deposited her and her half sister at the same group home that she herself fled years before. When another resident beats Regina so badly that she can barely move, she knows that she must leave this terrible place-the only home she knows. Thus begins Regina's fight to survive, utterly alone at the age of 10. A stint living with her mother and her abusive boyfriend is followed by a stay with her father's lily white wife and daughters, who ignore her before turning to abuse and ultimately kicking her out of the house. Regina then tries everything in her search for someone to care for her and to care about, from taking herself to jail to escaping countless foster homes to be near her beloved counselor. Written in her distinctive and unique voice, Regina's story offers an in-depth look at the life of a child who no one wanted. From her initial flight to her eventual discovery of love, your heart will go out to Regina's younger self, and you'll cheer her on as she struggles to be Somebody's Someone.

About Regina Louise

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Regina Louise lives in Berkeley, California.
Published June 12, 2003 by Grand Central Publishing. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Initially happy when she was moved from Big Mama to her biological mother, now living in North Carolina with two sons by another man, Regina soon learned that Ruby favored her sons, and she endured sexual and physical abuse from Ruby’s current boyfriend.

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This straightforward, sincere story of a neglected child who tries to fulfill her wish—to be a "wanted and special child"—opens when Louise is 11.

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Though Ebonics at times makes it difficult to follow, SOMEBODY'S SOMEONE is a tremendous in your face true account of a neglected child that should be mandatory reading for anyone running for public office or serving in social services.

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