Somebody's Someone

Somebody's Someone

by Regina Louise

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In this poignant and heart wrenching true story, Regina Louise recounts her childhood search for connection in the face of abuse, neglect, and rejection.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446556330
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/28/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 59,713
File size: 2 MB

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Somebody's Someone 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
ButtonJD More than 1 year ago
I met the author of this book about a year or so ago and since, I have read her book. The mere fact that she exists today is a testament to what is possible. I simply love Regina and wish her much success as an author/speaker and a TRUE child advocate for those caught and or lost in the foster care system. I am so excited to know that her story has been optioned for development at LIFETIME television network!!!! If the author ever reads this, I sure hope that she keeps on going with her dreams. Lastly, but not least, this book should be required reading for anyone who thinks having a child by default of is the right way to usher an innocent human being into the world. This is a book that is not to be missed.
Anonymous 10 months ago
It was an amazing and incredible story!! I cried for her when she was unhappy...I also cheered for her to become happy one day in her life. I saw the movie on Lifetime, and I knew that I had to read the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no words! This book is astounding...it makes you feel something. I could not stop crying whether it was for a good reason or bad. I would recommend everyone, child and adult alike, to read this book. I love the fact that she didn’t sugar coat anything and even in the midst of a tough situation she finds a way to make you laugh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ive ever read i love this book but dont recomend it for younger children but over all best book ever
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely a must read. Regina shows that people can rise above their circumstances and become a productive member in society. This book made me cry, but it is a story that must be told. I can't wait to see her one woman show in Sacramento in 2007. Regina, you make us all proud!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Regina made this book for all those who was once in care everything she's saying about the system and how she had to live is true Because I was once a foster child for 18 long hard years and now I make my own rules and i'm doing just how Regina did making it in life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved the book and couldn't put it down. I've never cried from reading a book, but this one brought tears to my eyes. I hope there's a part two!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. Perhaps with a Regina Louise to guide decision makers, we could improve outcomes, not just change inputs and outputs to pretend helpful progress. 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.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book. I loved every page. Regina Louise's memoir tells a colorful and tasteful story of her younger years. I only wished the story was longer. THIS IS A MUST READ!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Somebody¿s Someone by Regina Louise defines Resilience, Hope, and Love. It ignites our Compassion. It eloquently teaches us to be grateful for what we have. Regina's perfectly sculpted sentences contain penetrating imagery. I felt compelled to hug and nurture the precious heroine. I gained strength from her strength. Regina¿s insight on human nature is remarkable and offers a perspective that gives trials of life a new, profound meaning. Regina¿s masterpiece will inspire millions in our global family. Regina teaches us that Love and being somebody¿s someone profoundly impacts one¿s path. Our world is a better place because Regina is here. She co-founded the Esther Collins Memorial Children¿s Foundation for Literacy. My wish is that those touched by Regina will contribute to the success of her foundation. Regina's passion is to help others soar, and she does. Thank you Regina, you are a beautiful soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a story! This author is clearly doing all that she can to put the pieces of her life back together.And what a triumphant attempt. TRULY an American coming-of-age story and anyone who wants to experience the grace of resilience first hand, should not pass up this book.(A great read for youg adults as well.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Somebody's Someone is one of the best books I've read in years! I felt like I was the main character. I can't remember a book that I just didn't want to end. I will keep this little girl in my heart forever. Thank you Regina Louise, you have touched my heart.