Title: Waiting for Regina
Author: Curtis W. Jackson
Date Publish: January 5th 2017
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Goodreads Rating: 5.0
Waiting for Regina is a heart-warming, beautiful and disconcertingly reflective book. The novel is composing from a short story written by the same author entitled, Regina, What Is the Color of It? Presenting as a long and eloquent letter from a friend, Mispha, a dark girl from a Haitian-Jamaican black family, writes to her close childhood companion. She is Regina whose “brown sugar” skin is a lighter shade. Both are in their teen years. This book is basing during the heydays of the latter 1980’s as one character states, “the age of Bill Cosby.”
Racism, bullying, interracial marriage, abuse, and loss of life are just a few of the various themes treated and touched upon in this book. Unexpecting expiry is one of the underlying issues of the first time novel citing in the early chapters regarding the bereavements of relatives in both of the girl’s families. The publication is well written and gives a nostalgic and almost a warm feeling to it. Moreover, we see and witness the old America which was segregating while under the notion that integration was in practice. While not exploiting those serious themes, this novel may become one of the most entertaining of the year with lively and varied characters, fluid pacing, and unforgettable dialogue.
How are you all? I noticed that I’ve been asking you bessies on how are you all and no one is answering. XD Haha!
Anyway, I have yet another book review today! But first off, I want to thank Mr. Curtis Smith in providing me a copy of his book for my honest review. I really appreciate it. 😀
Before anything else, since this is the first time that I’m reviewing a book with this kind of topic, I’m gonna set a disclaimer. Whatever I say in this review is purely just thoughts in my head and basically just my review. There are no biased words here or whatsoever. If ever I offended you in any way, I apologize in advance. Kindly don’t send any hate my way because of this review. Also, I’m not forcing you to like it or read it. If you feel like not doing it, then don’t.
Now that’s all settled… let’s get started!
Waiting for Regina is a very new kind of book for me. If you bessies don’t know what this book is about, well, it’s about a girl who suffered a loss of a friend, discrimination from a lot of people in their town, while doing all her best to be the best she can be. And I know it’s entitled Waiting for Regina but Regina is not the main character in this book. I kind of get why it’s entitled like this but it would spoil stuff (I think?) for those who haven’t read it yet so I’m just gonna make it clear that Regina is not the main character but Mispha.
Bessies, I totally love the story of this book. I love how the situations in it are really, really close to reality. You see the main character, Mispha, is a Haitian-Jamaican girl. And in the timeline of the book, it was still set 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.
I like how this book talked about race, religion, friendship, study, and family. I like how it portrayed situations that some are still existing up to now. I get that there were a lot who have read this book and got offended by it because the racial discrimination here is a bit harsh, the religion too, and also the hypocrisy of some characters that I admit I see to some people and to myself as well. Nonetheless, I like it because it was that close to reality.
Still, I’m not American and I have no idea about the slavery that happened so many years ago but I’m also not blind. I know that whatever discrimination portrayed here in the book about race is much less than what really happened in the real world.
And my opinion towards race and that kind of stuff is just that, opinion. The religion part here, that I have a comment to it. We are all human beings and human beings tend to commit sins. And religious people are no excuse to it. I’ve seen some people who are pretty religious betray other people for money, influence, and/or power. And this book portrayed that part of the real world really well.
I love how brave Mr. Jackson is to write a book with a content like this. It’s nice to read this kind of book from time to time. It reminds you that the world, no matter how colorful and happily noisy it is, is still a cruel world.
And like I said earlier, there were people who got offended by this book so a second version was created. But I don’t think I still want or need to read the second version. I like this book already because of it’s natural honesty and everything else. I don’t think I need another book to read that soften the blow on some points from the older version. I like it this way.
To wrap this up, I really loved reading this book. Like serious loved it. I understand that there are really those people who will get offended and won’t like this book because of its contents but for me, I love it. It’s one heck of an honest book. So if you bessies are the kind of readers who got triggered or offended by racial and academic discrimination, a bit of sexual abuse, no it’s not a detailed abused, then stay away from this book. But if you want to appreciate some really honest (maybe not 100% but it’s honest in a sense that it’s close to reality) book, then give this one a go.
I am a graduate of Bay Shore High School and am currently a student at Full Sail University, majoring in Graphic Design. It is exciting to know my first three books have been unique, challenging projects. There is a different experience with each publication. What is also up-building is starting at a later life stage to publish my first book. We are never too old to expand our minds, engage worthy goals, to harness new abilities, and anticipate and savor lasting accomplishments.
My first book, 57 Pages: A Short Collection of Thought-Motivating Cartoons is featuring social commentary humor art reflecting aspects of our modern times. The second published work is a illustrated memoir, The Deserting Caricature Artist. The third became a series of digital books featuring a short story repeated in three languages. The print version is entitled, Regina, What Is The Color of It?: A Story in Three Tongues. Basing from the same short story, I am looking forward to releasing my first novel, Waiting for Regina.
So that’s it for my review of Waiting for Regina! Again, I thank Mr. Jackson for sending me this book. What do you bessies think? Will you give this one a chance? Let’s talk in the comments!
Thanks for reading up to here bessies! Love you all!