Diane's story is one that needed to be told. What happend to her has happend to thousands of children here in the U.S. but most of their stories will never be heard. When she was 14, Diane came home from school to discover that her house was empty, and had to be informed by a neighbor that her parents were taken. No government official even bothered to inform her school or check on her welfare during the after math.
As terrible as her situation was, Diane was lucky enough to have a community of close knit friends who took her in so she could at least have food and shelter until she was old enough to start working and eventually find her own way. Even though she ended up being a success, her life was filled with terrible struggles from basically being parent less from that point forward. She made several mistakes along the way but some how she made it through.
Diane's parents did everything they could to become citizens, filling out stacks of paperwork and spending thousands of hard earned dollars, but for them and many others, there is no path to citizenship and when there is it can be up to a 20 year process. It can be a lot more complicated than what many people believe and that's why I think this is a very important book to read.