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The Girl's Guide to Homelessness: A Memoir
The Girl's Guide to Homelessness A Memoir Author:Brianna Karp Brianna Karp entered the workforce at age ten, supporting her mother and sister throughout her teen years in Southern California. Although her young life was scarred by violence and abuse, Karp stayed focused on her dream of a steady job and a home of her own. By age twenty-two her dream became reality. Karp loved her job as an executive assista... more »nt and signed the lease on a tiny cottage near the beach.And then the Great Recession hit. Karp, like millions of others, lost her job. In the six months between the day she was laid off and the day she was forced out onto the street, Karp scrambled for temp work and filed hundreds of job applications, only to find all doors closed. When she inherited a thirty-foot travel trailer after her father's suicide, Karp parked it in a Walmart parking lot and began to blog about her search for work and a way back.« less
With the economy in a shambles I'm sure we'll be seeing a new face of homeless people and this story puts a name on that face. It is well-told and eye-opening to say the least. It really raises an awareness of the hopeless feeling that these newly displaced people must feel. We really need to find a way take care of those in our own backyard, help them get back on their feet and feel like they really do matter.
I loved this book and this author! She writes straight from her heart and I could feel that and it pulled me right in. Very honest book and yet I believe she has much more to tell and say. I hope she does cause her style of writing was so easy to read that I am aching for more from her.
She's very passionate about the plight of the homeless and the myths and bullshit that people believe about them. I myself have been guilty of this, seeing her put that into words in the pages of her book made me quite ashamed of myself so I think this book serves a very useful purpose in de-bunking that type of thinking. We all know the saying: "There But For the Grace of God Go I" and does she ever ram that home for the reader. I found her to be very likable and believeable.
My heart ached for the way she was raised and I see a whole another book on just that topic! I want more!!
I at first fell for her relationship with Matt but had misgivings and a fear in my heart that it wasn't quite what she was thinking it was and way towards the end of the book we do find out that he was full of bullshit. I don't think she deserved what he done to her in any way or form and honestly folks he just makes me more distrustful of the male species. What a piece of shit he was and is. So Matt is you read this, you are a dirty scumbag for what you put her through. A-hole!!
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a new writer with something to say and a bright future ahead of her!! Thanks Bri and I am looking forward to more from you!!
The foreshadowing in this book is overkill. It is a good story but the abiklity to see what is coming a million miles away takes away from what could have been a great book. ZCertainly an eye opener and will push a stereotyping reader to review their own thoughts.