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I'm here to help Seventeenyearold Renita discovers some subtle inconsistencies in herbirth certificate that put her I'm hereKindle mother, Sharon’s long held account that she was adopted into doubt Sharon decides thatit is finally time to tell Renita about both the laudable good deeds and the lamentable oversights that had led them to the current situation Using a series of old framed photos that have hung for years in the living room, Sharon slowly reveals the complex set of events involving a starcrossed trip to Mexico, a very young stowaway Hispanic baby sitter named Juliana, the untimely death of Sharon’s husband, the unexpected pregnancy of Juliana, the eventual birth of Renita to Juliana and finally Juliana’s struggle with clinical depression that leads to her suicide Through some sketchy paperwork filled at the county recorder’s office, Sharon was listed as Renita’s mom The first in several shortnovels to follow, I'm here to help involves the characters and generally society's misperceptions about illegal immigration, suicide, the marginalization of undocumented residents, clinical depression, teen pregnancy, home childbirth and adoption.


10 thoughts on “I'm here to help

  1. Lovey Dovey Books Lovey Dovey Books says:

    Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books

    I'm Here to Help is a short story that relates the tale of a mother, Sharon, when she has to tell her adopted daughter about her past. Stumped by inconsistencies on her birth certificate, the young Renita questions her mother and learns more than she bargained for.

    For a relatively short story, I'm Here to Help is very complete and doesn't leave readers hanging. There's a problem and a solution, and even growth in Sharon and Renita's relationship. The story's subject isn't generally a happy one, but the characters are optimistic and loving.

    The story in itself is intriguing, but the execution of the story failed to do the plot justice. I'm Here to Help has big themes: grief, depression, adoption, and Chapman subtly focuses on them. Sharon tells Renita the hows and whys of her sketchy adoption in a drawn out fashion. The one problem is that the narration is too detailed for the conversation between mother and daughter. It doesn't feel natural, Sharon including details like, '"...about four in the afternoon I got up and took a shower."' It read as if Sharon tells the story to readers, not to her daughter.

    Many readers will be able to appreciate I'm Here to Help. It's a quick read that will leave readers in deep contemplation.


  2. Julie Barrett Julie Barrett says:

    I'm Here To Help by SF Chapman
    Renita is preparing college applications and one asks for a birth certificate and she can't figure a few things out. Why was she not born in a hospital.
    The mother, Sharon takes her to the living room and with the pictures on the walls proceeds to explain the events that lead up to the day she was born.
    Found this light reading although intense at different moments while reading as extreme things occurred.
    Love how a picture is worth a thousand words and that all the events were chronologically categorized on the walls of their loving house.
    I've had similar childhood memories about our car, this caused me a chuckle.
    Love hearing of the travels and what was there, what they did and people along the way.
    Like how the title becomes part of the whole book and how the roles reverse to the other being the one to help.
    Glad this book had a handful of characters because I feel that many more and there would be such confusion with situations.
    Love the close relationship the mother and daughter have and that they can and do talk about everything.
    Rate this a 5 out of 5 because it took me to places I'll never get to in my lifetime and it taught me new things-the problems after a birth.


  3. Michelle Michelle says:

    Renita is doing project for school and asks for birth certificate. When she finds it she has some questions about it, knowing she is adopted she wonders about her birth and ask her mum, Sharon, questions.  I'm Here To Help then follows Sharon as she recalls the events that led up to getting Renita and how their first holiday in years turned to be not as nice and relaxing as they originally planned.

    When I began reading I'm Here To Help I loved how the story is told as Sharon and Renita work their way through a wall full of photographs in their house.  Each picture has it's own little story behind it, and it all relates to the explanation Sharon is giving to Renita.

    When Renita finds out the truth, before the whole explanation, she is angry that her Mum kept so much hidden from her about her birth Mum, which is understandable, but as we learn more we get to see the real reasons for this deception and why it was the best thing overall.  I also felt sorry for Sharon, for having to deal with so much pain over the years, and while she didn't tell Renita the truth, she made sure that she had the best chance at life growing up.

    I loved the photograph at the end and thought it was a very touching way to remember the two people that were special for the family.  I'm Here To Help may be a short read, but it doesn't lack in emotion or the power to draw a reader in.  There was one part in the book that I could relate to.  Renita is left handed, and is the only lefty in the family.  The quote that follows is so true.  I am the only lefty in my family and I constantly go on about how I am adapting to live in a right handed world, after all these years a lot of things I do are still right handed, even down to opening tins of food, and I doubt I could ever change myself back to being a true lefty.


    "Only someone who is right-handed would ever say that," she groaned. "Almost everything is made for the convenience of righties. One of the reasons that I had so much trouble with those guitar lessons that I took when I was twelve was that the teacher wouldn't let me flip the guitar around or restring it for a lefty."


  4. Disincentive/Feta Disincentive/Feta says:

    Review and guest post by author here: http://disincentive-reviews.blogspot....

    How much can one document change?
    Renita knows she was adopted, so why is it stated otherwise on her birth certificate?

    I’m here to help is a short book which contains a lot of topics. I was surprised how many of them author could put in those pages – illegal emigration, teen pregnancy, clinical depression, death, suicide… I know some books which tried to do the same thing, but in the end, they didn’t develop any of the topics properly.

    S F Chapman did it perfectly though. The thing that pleased me the most is how the author presented characters in his work, especially the mother of Renita. As introduced to us in a very misterious way (in fact we never get to know her name), she is one of the most interesting people mentioned in the book. I loved how the story was connected with the photos on the shelf, how everything surprised me… And how I cried.
    I don’t cry over books. I used to do it when I was a child and I read books that were way too mature for me that time.

    I’m here to help changed it. I cried like a baby. This book is full of feelings and it’s certainly extraodrinary! I’d love to read some other works from this author.


  5. Lesley Lesley says:

    This short book (long short story?) was a free download, so I thought I'd give it a try. I was interested enough in the plot to read it pretty quickly, but for a realistic tale, there were too many unrealistic developments. The book is about a girl hearing her unusual adoption story for the first time, but I found it hard to swallow that she waited until she was 18 to ask those questions. (Slight spoilers to follow) Add to that the odd illegal immigration tangent, the bizarre ways the girl's mother handles things (tragedy notwithstanding, she was in her early thirties and should've been smarter about a lot of things), and random political statements that are in the author's voice and sound out of character, and you have a book that just doesn't work --for me anyway.


  6. Emma Lindhagen Emma Lindhagen says:

    I really wanted to like this book because I thought it had an interesting premise, and because I tend to enjoy low-key stories that are focused on relationships. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed. The story/plot itself isn't bad, but the way it's told (through a long, long, long conversation interspersed with short descriptive bits) is far from optimal. I think the story would've been much better served by a series of flashbacks with the conversation as a fram narrative. In this format, it just feels dull, especially since both characters spoke in a way that to me sounded unrealistic and pretentious. I also had trouble sympathizing with the main character because she centered her own feelings so much when the story was really about her daughter and the daughter's bio-mom.


  7. Julie Julie says:

    I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. It is full of heart and is a fast read that will leave you satisfied if you only have a few hours to squeeze in a novel. It's a story of a strong bond between women who meet by happenstance and their worlds change forever as a result of their friendship.


  8. Veronica Veronica says:

    The perfect vacation book -- sat down and went on an adventure in these pages. I felt like I was right there with (about to go to college) Renita as she too heard for the first time how she came to be with her family. Life can throw a few curves, and I loved how the story showed compassion and caring in difficult circumstances. Definitely will pick it up a second time and read again.


  9. Ha Ha says:

    Short and sweet. Sometimes really sad. A very interesting story about a teenager trying to figure out how she ended up being adopted. There are some amusing little family details that nearly everyone has. The older sister of the main character ends up using an empty flower pot in the yard as a toilet when the bathroom is not available.


  10. Issa Issa says:

    Loving fiction (whether books or films) requires a certain suspension of belief of the reader or watcher. However, the suspension of belief required to enjoy this story was far too much. This story consisted of one unbelievable happening after another and was completely ridiculous.


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