This was a very touching story. I personally know several girls who could have written this book.
Kailamai was from a family of deep depression, misery, heavy drinking, drugs, and abuse. She lived with her mother, sister Amanda, and her mother's many boyfriends. Kailamai found her safe haven in school and books. While overweight, she was often bullied. The school counselor, Deborah, was able to get Kailamai to trust her, and there was something about Deborah's sincerity that soothed Kailamai. The floodgates holding back her pain were bursting at the seams and she could no longer hold it in. After that, Kailamai's life was never the same.
She was in 14 different foster home by the age of 16. Her first home was with Daniel and Laura and their daughter, Crystal. Being with a close-knit family was confusing at first but she soon felt Daniel and Laura's love during her 18 months there. Kailamai always felt guilty for not being with her birth mother, although every time she returned home, she would end up in hospital and placed in another foster home.
Kailamai worked hard to get herself through school with help from foster parents Scott and Loretta. She graduated from college with an Associate's degree and is currently in her senior year majoring in Business Administration, with a double minor in Justice Studies and Communication. She now helps many children who are living a lifestyle similar to what she experienced throughout her childhood.
Forgiveness is powerful.
It is beautiful