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Her mother’s boyfriend, Billy, sexually abused Sheena Shelevya Brewer at the age of five. She refused to tell anyone, and it continued until she left Alabama for Gainesville to stay with her grandmother. At Gainesville, the abuse continued when her grandma’s brother visited them. Sheena enjoyed her childhood only when her neighbors came to take her away. However, her stay in Gainesville was cut short, and she was sent back to Alabama when her mother found out her grandmother was helping her with stuff like health insurance and food stamps. The sexual molestation by her mother’s numerous boyfriends continued even after her mother caught them in the act. Sheena’s mother's reaction left Sheena in shock. Get a copy of the book Don't Count Me Out: I’m Still God's Child to find out more about Sheena after that incident.
The book Don't Count Me Out: I’m Still God's Child by Sheena Brewer contains the story of the author’s childhood and youth. This book focuses on addiction, relationships, family, sex, and more. You will find out when you grab a copy. I will call this book a memoir, as the author used the first-person narration style to informally share her story. Since it is the author’s first book, I could see the drive to tell people what she faced and the solutions to overcome situations like that.
The book was not a lengthy one, which was a plus to me, unlike other memoirs I have come across. I dislike so many characters because of the atrocities they committed. The only character who didn’t add to the pain of the story was Sheena’s father, who understood her better than other family members.
There were things to dislike about this book. I don’t know if it is because she is writing for the first time, but the book was not properly edited. It was too informal to a fault. It contained different types of errors, which disrupted my reading flow. I also didn’t fancy the repeated use of the word "sex", in the book. However, I will rate this book four out of five stars, primarily for its poor editing.
I learned lessons from this book. There was truth in what she said about the Blacks. However, younger readers should be restricted from reading this book due to the sexual content contained. If you are a lover of memoirs, this will be an interesting and engaging one for you to pick.
Don’t Count Me Out: I’m Still God’s Child
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