Left Across the Border

A Story of Teen Depression, Teen & Depression Book 1

Fiction - Cultural
37 Pages
Reviewed on 08/12/2015
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Author Biography

Patrice Foster’s life reads like an adventure novel that might have been entitled, “Journey to Respect’. Born in Jamaica West Indies, she and her five siblings were abandoned when her mother fled to America to escape her abusive husband, who then later abandoned his children. Patrice and her siblings were placed in foster homes and subsequently shuffled from one uncaring and abusive family to the next. Entrusted to the care of an uncle, young Patrice became close with an American missionary in the hopes of communicating with her mother in America.
When Patrice was twelve, she and her siblings were finally reunited with their mother, but it was not the happy reunion of their dreams. Obligated to find other living arrangements, the situation eventually deteriorated until Patrice ran away to live with their father.
After finding herself locked out one day, Patrice became homeless and struggled to survive. Her life on the streets was a dangerous and discouraging time, yet despite her hopeless situation, she managed to finish school and moved to New Jersey where she entered an LPN program 1986. After graduating, she relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she furthered her career by becoming an RN in 1998. She continued her education by pursuing a BSN program at Immaculate University.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Carol Coetzee for Readers' Favorite

Left Across the Border by Patrice Foster is an enlightening read for everyone as it deals openly and honestly with the reasons, dangers, and symptoms of depression. A 14-year-old Mexican girl leaves her family home to start a new life in America. The dream is to study hard, get a job and earn money to bring her family over to join her. Her experience is not as pleasant as the dream. She experiences a cruel and unwelcoming world instead. The story deals with isolation, bullying, pain, fear, loneliness and discrimination. Many of these are experienced by teenagers all over the world. An amazing insight into living with depression. I felt each and every pain along with this teenager, and my heart cried out for someone to help her.

Patrice Foster has grabbed the topic and run with it. Left Across the Border is a book that twists your insides with pain and frustration. Depression is a disorder that is seldom understood, and the most common reaction is, "Oh, just get over it!" Left Across the Border shows clearly and painfully how depression can rob you of your life and soul, not just through suicide, but the inability to enjoy life at all. The isolation experienced by this young girl is so sad and typical of a person shutting down mentally. I experienced great sadness and emotion whilst reading this story, and wished this book had been available when I was a child. Every parent, teacher and teenager should have access to Left Across the Border.