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Exceptional Feb. 18 2007
By Jessica M. Warters - Published on
Format: Paperback
In Rose's Story Wanda Bibb describes her life in painful detail and explains how her life was affected by her environment as well as her personal characteristics. She talks about everything from foster care and welfare, to her abuse as a child and an adult, as well as the birth of her children and her fight to keep them. The book illustrates how once a person has a mental diagnosis professionals they come in contact with tend to assume that any problems that person has is related to that diagnosis whether that be the case or not.

It is impressive that during this book Ms. Bibb retains a positive attitude when ever she can and never seems to show ill will to those who have wronged her unless completely necessary where as many people in the same situation would be unable to do the same.
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Intro to Social Work College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL May 14 2015
By Javon Charleston - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Rose's story was a very moving book. It took us into the world of a mother that had been diagnosed with a mental illness. The challenges she faced were from the illness as well as people misunderstanding her situation. It was sad that even the social worker failed to help guide her into a better living condition. This book is great to help educate people on the importance of social workers in our society. After reading this I gained more sympathy for people who face a mental illness, and with the correct assistance they can overcome their unstable behavior.
Student Reviews April 30 2009
By Cheri Sinnott - Published on
Format: Paperback
These reviews were written by students in the Intro to Social Work class at College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL

Michelle N.
I thought that Rose's Story was a very sad story but it was one of those books I did not want to put down. It talks about the struggles she went through in her life and how she made it through those rough times. It is also an inspiration hearing what hard times she overcame between betrayal, death and loneliness. Makes me take a step back and be grateful for everything I have in my life. Rose's Story is a great read. I was moved by this book and I would encourage anybody who isn't afraid to read the reality of what has happened to someone to read it.

Veronica H.
Rose's Story is an emotional account of a mother's life events as she is battling a misdiagnosed and mistreated mental illness and the social service system at the same time. Rose is a very caring and nurturing mother who finds herself under the microscope of the social service system. She describes in detail her various encounters with an array of individuals who served many different roles in her life. Though some were instrumental in her triumph some were also instrumental in her turmoil.

I recommend Rose's story to anyone who has never experienced the life of a mother with a mental illness. Wanda "Rose" Bibs takes you directly into her life with specific events and bold descriptions. She left me feeling compassion for her and hope that she finds herself in a better place mentally and physically. I found this read informative and real.

~ If something changes your life, let it.

Lizzie L.
My class had to read this book "Rose's Story" for our Introduction to Social Work to see not just what social work is as a profession, but too see it from another view. Once you start reading the first few chapters you will be consumed into a book that basically shows every aspect of the social services system, and how this system can affect a person entire life. Rose's Story is an inspirational book full of unfortunate events. It is a real story of a young girl who grew up and dealt with "the system" her entire life, so it is very hard to read at some points, but in the end it is a real life changer. Overall, I recommended it to anyone, especially those who are thinking of entering the social working field. After reading "Rose's story" I really would like to make a difference in other peoples lives.

Adam P.
Rose's Story was one of the most haunting and eye-opening books I have ever read--fiction or nonfiction. It was depressing and yet at times uplifting. Throughout reading the story I caught myself with my mouth wide open in disbelief of what I felt I just witnessed. During the last chapter, I was pulling hard for a happy ending or one that would reveal that it was all part of her dreams or a severe delusion. What I was left with was a lumped throat and long sorrowful sigh leaving me silent. I am grateful of this book and the opportunity I had to read it.

Jacqueline H.
I would highly recommend reading Rose's Story especially for those who have an interest in the field of Social Work. This is such a short story, but don't be fooled. This is one of those books which after you read a few chapters you will need to put it down; her life's story will bring up many emotions. You will experience the tremendous heart-ache of Rose's life. Rose entered the foster-care system at a young age. The social service system had failed her. Rose's story is also a good example of the devastating effects trauma affects one's well being. Although Rose suffered deep oppression and its effects, she was able to later rise up above. She fought for her rights as a person and a mother. Your impressions of Rose will change throughout her life's story. You will want to rescue her, be happy for her and angry for the lack of help she so well deserved. At times, you'll feel she was forgotten.

Jessie B.
I recently read the book Rose's Story as an assignment in my Social Work course. This book was a heart felt, emotional story and addressed many sensitive subjects in the social work field. I found myself reading deeper into the book and finding it harder to put down. I really grew attached to Rose and felt as if I was going right along her journey of trials and tribulations with her. This is definitely a story that will tap into your wildest imagination and allow you to see first hand the struggles that many people in these unfortunate circumstances go through, even with the best of intentions. It is definitely a must read for any aspiring social workers looking to prepare themselves for some of the encounters they may face in their new career of choice. Excellent book, well written, and my heart goes out to Rose and her family along with the many others that find themselves in similar situations.

Carla G.
Rose's Story is definitely a book you must read! It describes the life full of struggles one woman faces in her life. It will make you cry and give you an insight on the cracks in our Social Services system. After reading this book, I am even more determined to follow my dream to be a social worker and make sure to help people like Rose in any way I can. I do have to warn you though; once you start reading it, you wont be able to stop!

Jessica S
I recently read the book Roses Story for my introduction to social work class. I would have to say that it is one of the best books I have read. The story goes through this women's life and she tells you about all the terrible things that she had been through. It goes into detail about how she would trust some people and then they would just leave her because they were getting attached and could no longer help her. She bounces from foster home to foster home and never knows where she is going to stay or who is actually going to take care of her. She never knew what home wanted her to take care of her and love her as if she was their own or if they just wanted her to have a child do work around the house for them so they wouldn't have to. The story explains how she went through so many different things but still made it through them. She made it through everything that was thrown at her and she became, in my opinion, one of the strongest people out there. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. In a way it shows you that anything is possible if you want it bad enough.

Miranda A.
I am a student at CLC in Lake County, Rose's story was an assignment in Intro to Social Work. This book was based on a true story, on the many foster homes Rose was placed in and her endurance from the age of 4 through adulthood of many sad, difficult times of which many times no one listened. She was a fighter and most importantly a survivor of the injustices in her life. To me, this story was an eye-opener of what errors and being trapped in the system can do to an innocent child.

Adriana O.
Rose's Story was a class assignment for my Intro. to Social Work class. Rose's story is a VERY sad story. So many unethical decisions were made on behalf of Rose and because of those wrong decisions Rose went through a lot in her life since she was a little girl. Rose was just another one person who fell in the web of what we call "the system" Rose's Story has impacted my way of thinking about becoming a Social Worker. I never thought that Social Workers had the power to manipulate people's lives the way they did Rose. In my opinion if one wants to become a Social Worker, one needs to be devoted to his/her work and always be willing to meet client's needs. Rose's Story also showed me that Social Worker's wrong decisions can harm people's lives including children. I don't want to be another one of those Social Workers and if I want to become one, I need to discipline myself about doing what's right for the client and always think and keep in mind Rose's Story.

Angel D.
Rose's story was very shocking. I could not believe everything she had to deal and put up with and how people treated her; especially her own father, sister and evil step-mother. Rose had been mistreated, deceived, punished, abused (physically, mentally, emotionally, sexually and psychologically), slandered and betrayed by people she loved, trusted, cared about or who she thought was helping her for her best interest. Rose is a phenomenal woman! Her story had me in tears. It amazes me how determined she was, and I love the fact that she never gave up on her children. This is a must-read book, especially if you are planning to go into social work.

Grace K.
I thought that Rose's story was very depressing from the very beginning. I felt so bad for her when they kept placing her in different homes multiple times. I lost track of how many times she was moved, abused physically, neglected, or was just generally not treated right. It seemed like everyone was against her and didn't care about her, even her own family! I think her children were the only ones that gave her love and true happiness. She was constantly getting sick and placed in the hospital, and I wondered if she had some serious illness, but the doctors never checked that out which was really shady and weird. It was upsetting that Rose never spoke up for herself. She started getting a little more assertive and outspoken towards the end of her story, but by that time she had already taken so much damage mentally and physically. I was shocked to find that the man who raped Kathy in the mouth was freed! It was injustice after injustice. Even though it was a different time period, there were still a lot unethical decisions made by the social workers. Overall, I think this book showed how difficult a foster child's life can be and how social workers and doctors can really impact one's life.

Christy D.
Rose's story was a great story for anyone who is interested in the Social work roles in the world. Rose overcame everything that came in her path. From being beaten, forced to get married, being moved and moving from place to place, sexually abused, attempted suicide, divorced, many different jobs, threats from family, getting hooked on pills by accident, sick all the time, kids taken away and many family issues involving her children. I don't know how anyone could overcome all these obstacles, but she did. This book takes you on an emotional rollercoaster with Rose and her family, and also really paints a clear picture on what is going on, and how it is affecting everyone. This book really opened my eyes to how important your family is, and also having support from someone to keep you going. It also inspired me to remember to just push through everything that comes my way, and to always look for the light at the end of the tunnel. I would really recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a life journey book. The only problem is that you do not want to ever put it down.

Lindsay F.
I'm a student at College of Lake County that enrolled in a Intro to Social Work class. I was assigned to read the book, Rose's Story. This book gave me an insight on the multiple different social worker roles a social worker could uphold. It's an uplifting story for anyone that enjoys a good book. It's a very strong story and has a lot of emotional situations that Rose overcomes. In my perspective it taught me that my life isn't as hard as I believe it is. It truly opens your eyes and makes your heart feel for those people out there that were put in foster homes and have mental/medical issues. Overall, Rose's Story was an amazing read, went by fast and one could really relate to some of the situations she gets herself in to. If you want to stray away from the romantic novels, sci-fi books and fairy tale endings then I believe Rose's Story is a great book for you!

Matt O.
After reading Rose's story, I felt very uncomfortable with all of the experiences shes gone through. It's very hard to relate to someone who has such a different life then your own. At the same time, I could not put the book down because her story was so interesting, I really wanted to finish. It's amazing what some people have to go through throughout their life and it's even more amazing how Rose overcomes all her obstacles and is so resilient. Highly recommend to anyone.
Overcoming Adversity Defined SWK 121 10/21/2011 Oct. 21 2011
By J Gannon - Published on
Format: Paperback
Rose's Story can be interpreted in a few different lights. The book does an excellent job describing the awful, and sometimes downright shocking situations Ms. Bibb finds herself in when dealing with the different social service agencies and wide range of employees she must deal with over the course of her entire life. It is much too easy to just define Rose as a tortured soul who did not have parents who loved her and was forced to deal with social workers and psychologists who seemed not to care asbout what was best for her. While these staements may be true, I find the true message of this life story is a postive one focused on inspiration. Even though Rose faces awful situations in the social service system time and time again, she sets the example that no matter how challenging situations are for the human race, we can all overcome adversity by becoming more resiliant with each difficult situation that is thrown our way. Rose does not focus on herself as being a victim, she is empowered to overcome her challenging situations and continues to do so throughout the story without a hint of negativity reserved for the social services system. Rose sets an excellent example of a person facing tough times and having to rely on social services. What makes her a positive role model though is that she uses the system only as a stepping stone and shows that anyone can become self-reliant in the long run. Overall, the story is fast paced and really takes a good look at some of the challenges facing social services and its clients.
Social Welfare System vs. Wanda "Rose" Bibb May 8 2012
By cbxdodge - Published on
Format: Paperback
Rose's Story is a detailed account of Wanda "Rose" Bibb's life, who was a woman that grew up as a child in the welfare system and experienced it as an adult as well. Her story provides a complex view of the delicate relationship between an individual client and the social services system. Rose's Story helps the reader understand the intricate balance of power between these two entities and shows the helplessness of Rose as a child and adult in the system. This story demonstrates a mother's tenacity and fierce love for her children against all adversity. Every high point and low point in Rose's life is examined and her autobiography provides a great medium to show the effects of the welfare system on a person and family.

As an individual in the system, Rose's life had little impact on the social service system. To them, she was just another numbered case study, as there are so many people in the system and her specific story holds no more importance than the one that follows hers. On a broader scale, however, her book has reached thousands of people and professionals. Her story's content creates engaging classroom dialogue and provides a platform for students to make real world connections with a real "client". Rose's story has and will continue to affect the lives and practices of all who delve into her world for a moment, while showing the ultimate testament of love and strength through adversity.