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Girl, Have You Read 'Institutionalized' by L. R. Jackson?

GIRL, HAVE YOU READ? You know a book is good when you hear that sentence! That's exactly what we are saying at UP! Have you read "Institutionalized" by L. R. Jackson? If not, what are you waiting for? Check out our official review and more information on the book and the author below!


Rasheed is a convicted felon. He’s perceived as dangerous, uneducated, and a threat to anyone he encounters. Aubree is the savvy and beautiful daughter of a C.E.O. Her job was to help him transition into a productive member of society not to befriend him. However, when she gets to know the real him, she see’s things that no one else sees in him. And when he gets to know the real her, he sees a woman that’s really unhappy under her wide smile, and seemingly perfect life. When an unexpected connection forms between them, they both have a difficult choice to make. What if you met your soul mate, but they had nothing to offer you except pure and unconditional love? Is that all it would take for you to be happy? They say “Love conquers all.” But sometimes, love alone isn’t enough!



Institutionalized is a book that is long overdue for society. It takes a realistic view point into the personal, mental, emotional and financial struggles of both the incarceration and subsequent release of inmates from the penal system. The added layer to this book is that it also focuses on trials of maintaining a romantic relationship with a rehabilitated ex-felon through those struggles. The author sheds light from the perspective of the former inmate, Rasheed and his lover, Aubree.

The love between Rasheed and Aubree was undeniable and highly enjoyable to watch unfold. Their love story truly reeled you into them as we got to know these two characters. The author does a wonderful job displaying the mindset of a man transitioning from a criminal state of mind into a productive member of society. Through Aubree the essence of real love and living your best life is revealed through her testament of trying to find a balance of pleasing others and fulfilling her own needs and wants.

This story was a joy to read especially the timed shocked factors and the romance scenes. Whew! Some areas could have been explored more in depth to have a more thorough ending. Yet, it was still a solid and an enjoyable book and one that we recommend!



About the Author: L.R. Jackson

Lewanda R. Jackson was born and raised in Cambridge, MD on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. She has been writing since she was a little girl but her dreams were placed on hold while she pursued her education, built her career, and became a mom. After high school, she attended Bowie State University for three years before moving to Wilmington, DE. After her daughter was born, she received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration as well as her M.B.A. from Wesley College. She spent years working in the accounting field before deciding she needed a change and she enrolled in Widener University School of Law and completed the Corporate Law program where she obtained her Paralegal certificate. She now works in the Trust and Estate Planning business and in her spare time, she loves reading, cooking, traveling, and of course writing.

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