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Waiting for Regina Paperback – March 28, 2017
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About the Author
Born in the mid-1960's Curtis W. Jackson spent most of his life living on Long Island. He was a home health aide, mortgage inspector before he published his first book, There were other manual labor jobs over the years. Mr. Jackson received his education in the Bay Shore school system. He regularly participates in non-profit educational work. Mr. Jackson is currently a student at Full Sail University; he resides in Suffolk County, New York.
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This is the line from this book and a line which is true even in today's life, the modern life where every human should be equal, is equal. Yet things very rarely are.
This is the story of Mispha, a Haitian-Jamaican young lady. Waiting for her friend Regina, at the airport, writes a letter to her, of their memories of the last year of high school. These two girls Mispha and Regina, the best of friends, go through a lot of hardships together.
There is racism where Mispha and Regina, are not only teased by the Caucasian kids but also by the African American kids due to darker shade of skin.
There is abuse and death of their good friend, Sally. Then comes the power play of the people to hide their abuse and using clout to deny Mispha her rights.
The author, Curtis Jackson, has done a great job in taking a major issue of racism and telling it as Mispha's story, a world seen through her eyes. The storyline is extremely moving, and the author has covered heartbreaking topics, written simply but powerfully. The book is written in a formal old style which has a charm of its own. Every word in the book teaches us something.
Where the author, Curtis, has shown the tough life of Mispha's life, he has also thrown in good characters, supporting her.
There is Ms. Samantha Oliver, their teacher for science and social studies, who teaches them values of equality where recognition should be given for hard work whatever be the color and status. Professor Cory Douglas who teaches evolution at the museum, supports Mispha with his words of advice and Mispha's parents who teach the right values, along with brother William. Each character has a role to play and they support Mispha in all her struggles.
It was nice to read about a level headed, courageous, intelligent young girl, who stands her ground. At every point and every phase, whatever be the problem, Mispha deals with the strength and courage of her conviction and the knowledge imparted by her parents. Every topic covered in this book still has relevance in today's society. And that is a truly sad thing, we haven't moved forward. Racism still exists, sexual abuse still occurs, power plays in name of religion are still rampant. A book of 1980s is still applicable in 2017.
There are a couple of niggles which disrupted my thoughts while reading...
The book, being written in old world formal English, it takes the brain some time to get into the rhythm of it and sometimes words do not flow smoothly.
Also Mispha, as a young 16-year old, is too formal and there are no personal flaws, she seems almost too perfect. No human ever is. I wanted her to be like any other imperfect human being, with good and bad points and striving to overcome her negatives.
In saying all this, I would like to tell the author, Curtis Jackson, that Mispha's valedictorian speech was the highlight of this book. It is an inspiration all by itself. The emotions underlying the speech and the simple eloquence of the truth in her words were absolutely magical. A 16-year old has the courage, not to choose the easier life, but to choose the path of righteousness, the path of light, and path where all humans are equal.
If a 16-year old child can do that, why can't we???
This novel is based on very lively flashbacks and relatable dialogues making it convincing and highly immersive.
Although we can say that Regina is our eyes through this story, is Mispha who is in secret the protagonist here. Mispha and Regina are two best friends. Mispha is Haitian-Jamaican while Regina’s skin has a lighter tone, and sometimes that is all that takes for there to be difference, and that’s the tragic magic in here.
The time where book is set is on the years where race is a big deal because the slavery is still a bit fresh in the minds of the people. That is why Mispha got discriminated a lot, because of her color. But that’s not the only controversial point this novel was trying to reach, others are Religion and Family as well, some that even these days are not addressed properly.
As I mentioned before, the story is highly immersive; the writer does a fantastic job making the reader feel like he is the one living these events, and when you close the book, the words stick with you, something that most books of this same profile fail to accomplish more often that I would like to say.
Some mild grammatical errors are present, some of them I think were avoidable, but nothing that takes merit of what has being accomplished inside these pages. An amazing job and I would be happy to read it all over again if a 2nd edition were released, but in the meantime, I think is amazing just the way it is
This is an insightful book, that will really make you think about the world we're living in.
The author has a unique voice, writing in a way that may be hard for some to follow. Mild grammatical errors may be present, but they hardly affect the story line. Many of these "errors" are used to draw attention from the reader.
Regardless of any mild errors, the plot encourages the reader to keep turning the pages.