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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Hindsight: Coming of Age on the Streets of Hollywood is a non-fiction memoir penned by author Sheryl Recinos, who made the journey from being a homeless teenager to becoming an MD. Beginning with her life in a dysfunctional family unit, we go with Sheryl through her recollections of being placed in the foster care system, the effect that the system had on her, and onto her eventual move to living on the streets of Hollywood. Here, the tale takes an even more savage turn into the dark world of survival for those who are a prime target for predators. But through it all, Sheryl’s resilience and instincts help her not only to survive but to thrive and build a new life for herself in the future.
There are many instances of quite terrifying events throughout the earlier portions of this book, and author Sheryl Recinos does a great job at relaying them without graphic detail, but they may still be too disturbing for some readers. That said, her journey is an incredible one against the odds of what life threw at her at such a young age, and the chronology and pacing of her personal storytelling through the highs and the lows was very compelling to read. Recinos is unafraid to be honest in her feelings about the foster system, her own reactions as a young person, and the realities and difficulties of her life, which makes it all the more inspiring to see how she turned it around. Hindsight is an excellent work, certain to inspire others in the same way.