Lugenia Lightle celebrates the beautiful life of her thirteen year-old daughter, Shaina, while counting down the tense-filled hours at the hospital during Shaina’s last day on earth. In addition, Ms. Lightle leads us through her own grieving process and how she eventually learned to forgive.
As readers, we feel the shock and anger when the doctors tell the family that Shaina is not going to live. We feel the tension between Ms. Lightle and her brother’s family. We feel the love and support of Ms. Lightle’s husband, Ed. We get to know Shaina up close and personal, including how she learned to march to the beat of her own drum, despite being bullied at school.
Ms. Lightle wants us to know that Shaina had more than one purpose but that maybe her most important one was to fill her family’s heart with enough love in thirteen short years to last them a lifetime, and that in Ms. Lightle’s heart she was and will forever be her “Shaina Bug”.