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Book By Author:  Victoria Warren Jackson

Not Just Us
 Not Just Us
 Young Adult
 0970742657 978-0970742650
 Favic Press

Desiree and Shanna are sisters. They both lived similar lives, but Desiree becomes infected with HIV. With two children, a caring sister, a supportive mother, and a new boyfriend, Desiree's world could be perfect. The fear of dying from AIDS stands in the way of Desiree's happiness. For Shanna, life will never be the same.

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Written like a monologue, this is a sisterís perspective on losing her sister to AIDS.


 Not Just Us by Victoria Warren Jackson was written like a monologue of Shanna, the main character, during the timeframe that she lost her sister to AIDS.  Shanna’s story starts abruptly and moves through scattered thought processes, chaotic emotions and random thoughts.   It seemed like it was a therapy and perhaps a partial healing for Jackson to write this book on some level, even though the book is fictional. Technically, there were some grammatical fixes that I was surprised Jackson’s editor did not catch.  

The book portrays the hidden emotions and some of the taboos that people do not talk about watching someone they love die while at the same time dealing with family members, including her sister’s two children.  Jackson brings out guilt, anger, depression, grief, and finally resolve that Shanna feels and then proceeds into action to change her life for the better and go forward.  This was not a feel good book and made me think about what it would be like to lose a loved one and how I would react to that situation.  This book is raw in its emotion and will resonate on different levels for each reader.



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Victoria Jackson Author:  Victoria Warren Jackson


Victoria has been an educator for sixteen years and began writing her first novel while teaching middle grade students. Victoria soon realized that writing is therapy and continues to write daily. She is the author of three books, Can You Feel Me? Intimate Poetry, Not Just Us, and Untraditional Love In The Dark. Victoria is passionate about helping children become their best. She remains busy writing, teaching full-time, and volunteering in her community. Victoria currently lives in Florida.