• Title: I'm Here to Help
  • Author: S.F. Chapman
  • ISBN: 9780985536930
  • Page: 271
  • Format: ebook
  • I m Here to Help Seventeen year old Renita discovers some subtle inconsistencies in her birth certificate that put her mother Sharon s long held account that she was adopted into doubt Sharon decides that it is final
    Seventeen year old Renita discovers some subtle inconsistencies in her birth certificate that put her mother, Sharon s long held account that she was adopted into doubt Sharon decides that it is finally time to tell Renita about both the laudable good deeds and the lamentable oversights that had led them to the current situation Using a series of old framed photos that hSeventeen year old Renita discovers some subtle inconsistencies in her birth certificate that put her mother, Sharon s long held account that she was adopted into doubt Sharon decides that it is finally time to tell Renita about both the laudable good deeds and the lamentable oversights that had led them to the current situation Using a series of old framed photos that have hung for years in the living room, Sharon slowly reveals the complex set of events involving a star crossed trip to Mexico, a very young stowaway Hispanic baby sitter named Juliana, the untimely death of Sharon s husband, the unexpected pregnancy of Juliana, the eventual birth of Renita to Juliana and finally Juliana s struggle with clinical depression that leads to her suicide Through some sketchy paperwork filled at the county recorder s office, Sharon was listed as Renita s mom The first in several short novels to follow, I m here to help involves the characters and generally society s misperceptions about illegal immigration, suicide, the marginalization of undocumented residents, clinical depression, teen pregnancy, home childbirth and adoption.

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    1. Originally posted on Lovey Dovey BooksI'm Here to Help is a short story that relates the tale of a mother, Sharon, when she has to tell her adopted daughter about her past. Stumped by inconsistencies on her birth certificate, the young Renita questions her mother and learns more than she bargained for.For a relatively short story, I'm Here to Help is very complete and doesn't leave readers hanging. There's a problem and a solution, and even growth in Sharon and Renita's relationship. The story's [...]

    2. I'm Here To Help by SF ChapmanRenita is preparing college applications and one asks for a birth certificate and she can't figure a few things out. Why was she not born in a hospital.The mother, Sharon takes her to the living room and with the pictures on the walls proceeds to explain the events that lead up to the day she was born.Found this light reading although intense at different moments while reading as extreme things occurred.Love how a picture is worth a thousand words and that all the e [...]

    3. Renita is doing project for school and asks for birth certificate. When she finds it she has some questions about it, knowing she is adopted she wonders about her birth and ask her mum, Sharon, questions.  I'm Here To Help then follows Sharon as she recalls the events that led up to getting Renita and how their first holiday in years turned to be not as nice and relaxing as they originally planned.When I began reading I'm Here To Help I loved how the story is told as Sharon and Renita work the [...]

    4. Review and guest post by author here: disincentive-reviews.How much can one document change?Renita knows she was adopted, so why is it stated otherwise on her birth certificate?I’m here to help is a short book which contains a lot of topics. I was surprised how many of them author could put in those pages – illegal emigration, teen pregnancy, clinical depression, death, suicide… I know some books which tried to do the same thing, but in the end, they didn’t develop any of the topics prop [...]

    5. This short book (long short story?) was a free download, so I thought I'd give it a try. I was interested enough in the plot to read it pretty quickly, but for a realistic tale, there were too many unrealistic developments. The book is about a girl hearing her unusual adoption story for the first time, but I found it hard to swallow that she waited until she was 18 to ask those questions. (Slight spoilers to follow) Add to that the odd illegal immigration tangent, the bizarre ways the girl's mot [...]

    6. I really wanted to like this book because I thought it had an interesting premise, and because I tend to enjoy low-key stories that are focused on relationships. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed. The story/plot itself isn't bad, but the way it's told (through a long, long, long conversation interspersed with short descriptive bits) is far from optimal. I think the story would've been much better served by a series of flashbacks with the conversation as a fram narrative. In this format, it [...]

    7. Short and sweet. Sometimes really sad. A very interesting story about a teenager trying to figure out how she ended up being adopted. There are some amusing little family details that nearly everyone has. The older sister of the main character ends up using an empty flower pot in the yard as a toilet when the bathroom is not available.

    8. I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. It is full of heart and is a fast read that will leave you satisfied if you only have a few hours to squeeze in a novel. It's a story of a strong bond between women who meet by happenstance and their worlds change forever as a result of their friendship.

    9. The perfect vacation book -- sat down and went on an adventure in these pages. I felt like I was right there with (about to go to college) Renita as she too heard for the first time how she came to be with her family. Life can throw a few curves, and I loved how the story showed compassion and caring in difficult circumstances. Definitely will pick it up a second time and read again.

    10. Loving fiction (whether books or films) requires a certain suspension of belief of the reader or watcher. However, the suspension of belief required to enjoy this story was far too much. This story consisted of one unbelievable happening after another and was completely ridiculous.

    11. The story of a young girls adoption. Quick read. It was alright but not a very big, detailed book.

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