My Book Review of From Foster Care To Fabulous by Capri Cruz

FROM FOSTER CARE TO FABULOUS:An Imperative MovementFROM FOSTER CARE TO FABULOUS:An Imperative Movement by Capri C. Cruz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received an autographed copy of “From Foster Care to Fabulous: An Imperative Movement” from Ms. Capri Cruz when I had met her at the 2014 Helping Women Succeed in Atlanta Spring Empowerment Summit. Meeting her was such a delight. Ms. Cruz is very down to earth and it’s no wonder her story moved me the way that it did. First, Ms. Cruz does not dumb down the facts of what it was like for her growing up in the foster care system. She opens up about her childhood trauma and what it took for her to become the beautiful and inspirational woman that she is today. Capri’s journey from her traumatic experiences and all that she had to go through to turn at all into wisdom and most of all love to share with us in her incredible novel, is truly brave and commendable. What I took from the story was so much more deeper than any words could describe. It was like a friend who has so much passion and love to share with me, just opened up and gave me this gift of their story of not only surviving and overcoming the odds, but about how to be a thriving, spiritual person who can appreciate the true value of life, love, and being fabulous. I recommend this book to parents of foster children, adults who are considering foster care/adoption, and young adult foster youth. Capri Cruz’s “From Foster Care to Fabulous” is an incredibly moving story of hard work, hope and love.

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Girl In The water by Nancy Kilgore, MS Book Review

Here is a preview of Nancy Kilgore’s book Girl In The Water. I had the priviledge of speaking with Nancy and reading her book.

Girl In The Water by Nancy Kilgore, MS is a true story about sibling abuse. In her story, Nancy talks about the abuse she had suffered from the hands of her own sister. I found Nancy’s story of healing and survival to be eye opening. The style of imagery and the openness that Nancy writes with makes really wrapped me into her world. I was able to see and feel her throughout the whole read. I haven’t found many stories told quite like Nancy’s on the subject of sibling abuse. Her prose was riveting. At times, I found myself scared for her, happy for her, and even wanting to hug her. Nancy is a true survivor who is still healing and using her experience to help others.

Her story can be used to raise awareness on sibling abuse because it can help other adult survivors to open up and share their stories of abuse from their siblings. This story really speaks out to so many. Nancy says that it is never too late to talk about it. Nancy, great job for your wonderful work with Girl In The Water. This is a story that needs to be read by others and can help educate and raise awareness about sibling abuse. No one should have to suffer.

Her: The Novel – Depression – BPD

Her: The Novel - Depression - BPD

Her: The novel by Felicia Johnson

In many ways, Kristen Elliott is a normal, seventeen-year-old girl. Kristen loves her family. She works hard academically, and tries to please her mother. She takes on the additional responsibility of caring for her twin siblings, Nick and Alison. She idealizes her best friend, Lexus, who not only seems to lead the perfect life, but also catches the attention of John, the boy Kristen secretly loves. However, as is the case with many teenagers, Kristen feels frustrated, isolated, and confused.

In other ways, Kristen is not like other kids her age. She knows something is wrong with her. Kristen feels like an utter failure. She is unable to please her abrasive mother, and scared to confront Jack, her abusive stepfather. She is also unable to protect Nick from Jack, making her fell all the more helpless. Adding to her problems, she knows she will never be as beautiful as her best friend Lexus. Kristen finds solace in self-injury, and the company of Mr. Sharp, her imaginary friend who encourages her feelings of self-loathing.

After a failed suicide attempt, Kristen is placed in the Bent Creek mental hospital, where she is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. While in the hospital, she meets a group of peers suffering with their own mental illnesses, and a compassionate staff of doctors and counselors. From there, Kristen begins her journey to survival. She discovers the circumstances that brought her to this breaking point, struggles to understand her mental illness, and fights to be a survivor against her own worst enemy: her self-blame.

Kristen’s tale of endurance illustrates the complex illness of Borderline Personality Disorder. Readers – including those suffering from BPD and their friends and family – can glean insight into the illness from Kristen’s humanity. Her story is an example of how, if we try to push the past away, we are either doomed to repeat it or let it haunt us to our graves.