The Shadows of My Life illustrates the devastation of being brought up in a home with no love and respect and the importance of grandparents who are willing to contribute both materially and emotionally. This book brings to life how sexual promiscuity and gang life can destroy a person's self-respect and confidence in their ability to succeed in life. The consequences of unprotected sex can lead to disease, heartbreak and unwanted pregnancy. It also shows the significance of the role others play when they are willing to reach out and help those in need, and the gift of an unwanted pregnancy to positively alter the course of lives. This book is truly a celebration of life and all that it has to offer to those who make the effort to achieve, even when the odds are stacked against them.