Nobody's Boy by Dianne Bates
Nobody’s Boy is engaging!
Ron Green’s life is anything but idyllic. His daily fight for survival both physically and emotionally has taken its toll. Ron just wants to belong. But most of all he wants to be with his dad.
Being passed around from family to family doesn’t exactly instill a sense of worth. It isn’t until Ron meets Rosie and Bob, his new foster parents, that he experiences a little normality. But the news of dad and Anna’s new baby stirring up emotions Ron has bottled for a lifetime, is sure to cause trouble.
Desperately trying to settle into his new life, everything is fine until puberty kicks in and then the rollercoaster ride starts all over again.
Having to contend with a mother in prison whose constant attempts to redeem herself from exposing Ron to a chaotic life no-one should have to endure, and a step-mother who controls his father’s every emotion, have left him raw. But a few scattered friends along the way help bring some sanity to his existence, especially the four-legged variety.
The author, Dianne Bates, has taken the unique approach of narrating Ron’s story in verse. There is no punctuation and no fluff. This allows the story to unfold and be told without being bogged down with excess information.
Ron’s journey tugs at your heartstrings and leaves you feeling angry and helpless.
Dianne Bates writes from the heart and taps into her experiences as a foster parent.
Unfortunately today Ron's story is all too common. Congratulations to Dianne Bates' both matter of fact style of storytelling that opens our eyes and hearts to something we take for granted - love and belonging. With more than 90 books to her credit, Nobody's Boy is destined to be another winner.
CKT Book Reviewer