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Posted September 19, 2007
Every now and then I come across a book that can move mountains. This is such a book. This compilation of 'lessons learned the hard way' is written through the eyes of a young boy raised in horrendous conditions in the Children's Home Society Orphanage in Jacksonville, Florida. Through the telling of each story, based on the author's childhood, layers of innocence are peeled back until raw, bleeding, scabbed over. The progression of events details the spirit-crushing journey of a lonely little boy, whose only crime was to be an orphan. One would be hard-pressed to dig up anyone more evil, more foul, than the head matron with a shriveled, dried-up, blackened, hard little nut for a heart. My head was still sore where Mrs. Winters, the head matron, had hit me numerous times with her Bible.--'How It All Begins' One can hear Roger's voice, the voice of a child, the one with big ears. It is unbelievable how a cigarette hanging in the mouth of a nine-year-old can make the girls forget your big elephant ears. However, eventually you will run out of cigarettes, and then your ears seem to get big all over again, all of a sudden.--'In the Patio' It has its share of bittersweet moments: At twelve years old, I was living on the streets of Jacksonville. I was eating out of dumpsters and garbage cans, but only the ones located behind the better restaurants. If you have to be a bum, then you might as well be a high-class bum, or there is no point in living anymore.--'Chinese Drugs' Moments that make you wonder: 'You got any belongings?' asked Don. 'What are belongings?' --'I was a Cowboy' Moments that punch you squarely in the heart: Once again, I had run away from the orphanage--this time for being slapped across the face, because I refused to drink my warm powdered milk.--'America' A warning is in order: this is not for the faint-of-heart. Which is exactly the point of this book. Life out on the streets is not for the faint-of-heart, where the scourge of predators abounds. By writing this book, Roger Dean Kiser hopes to empower teens contemplating running away, so that they may avoid the same pitfalls. His goal is so that no one 'will ever have to know what it is like to eat from a garbage can, or warm their bodies standing around a 55-gallon barrel.' The cold, hard truth is shattering. By the same token, this unflinching testimonial may very well have the power to save a life. To all the lost souls, this book is for you. Roger Dean Kiser, you are a true survivor. You are my hero. Jennifer OliverWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 1, 2010
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