Book review-The girl with no bedroom door, by Angela Hart

i just finished this book. its a short story so it didnt take very long to read it. i read it on kindle.
this book tells louise’s story. louise was 14 when she came to angela and jonathon. She had been sleeping rough and her previous foster placement had broken down. when she arrived she was dressed in clothes that werent clean, she was smelly, and didnt take good care of her physical appearance. She had very low self esteem. On her first evening angela asked her if she wanted to help her cook. She did, but she said she couldnt cook, she was rubbish at it. Angela quickly realised she had a lot of work to do with Louise to build up her confidence and self esteem. Angela had tried to make louise go for a shower on her first night, but she only pretended to shower. the next morning angela went to collect louise’s washing. she noticed a very bad smell coming from her room. when she pulled back the duvet she noticed louise had wet the bed. this wetting of her bed went on for months, despite angelas best efforts to talk to louise and try to get her not to cover it up. she showed louise where the clean sheets were and told her that she could get clean sheets any time, and tried to make her not cover up the fact that she was wetting her bed. but to no avail. eventually louise began to take care of her physical appearance, after angela took her shopping and bought her new underwear and pajamas and things. she told angela she’d never had new clothes before. she eventually began to open up to angela. she wrote her a note because she said it would be easier to tell her things that way. angela read the note on her own, because that is what louise wanted. the note explained that as a baby louise had become very ill, and her dad had left her mom. her mom had turned to drink and was not able to cope. she began to go out with lots of boyfriends and with each boyfriend she had another baby. so that soon she had six kids. louise said she was frightened of her moms boyfriends, some of them were mean and scary and horrible to her and her siblings. one of them smashed the bedroom door and used it to make a fire. when louise would wet the bed her moms boyfriend would push the sheets in her face and her mom would tell her she was dirty and disgusting. she began to think she was worthless. pretty soon she had no self worth and no self esteem at all. angela was determined that she would help louise. so she got her help with school lessons like biology and french. louise worked very hard and really enjoyed the lessons. the more she achieved the more she wanted to achieve. angela also enroled her in trampolining. louise loved that. then as a reward for no bedwetting for a month she took her to get her hair done and her nails done at a top salon. at the end of the book we see that louise is doing very well. she moved on from angelas to main stream foster care, angelas placement was a specialised teen placement. when she was in main stream foster care it didnt go quite as well as when she was with angela. but she kept in touch with angela and to this day they are in touch. louise is in her 30’s now and married and has a top position at a law firm. she never had kids of her own and doesnt want any. she enjoys spending time with her many nieces and nephews. at the time she was in foster care her siblings were also taken into care after she disclosed to angela what was going on at home. i think the book was good and i would recommend it to anyone who enjoys foster care memoirs.


Author: manyofus1980

I am a woman in my mid 30's. I'm blind and I have dissociative identity disorder, I also have complex PTSD. I blog about my life with these disorders. I live in Ireland.

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