THE GIRL'S GUIDE TO HOMELESSNESS by Brianna Karp
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THE GIRL'S GUIDE TO HOMELESSNESS

A Memoir

KIRKUS REVIEW

An inspiring memoir of the modern-day homeless person.

After managing to sail past her stormy adolescence, Karp forecasted blue skies ahead. But when the crippling recession hit, the author was laid off in a stroke of bad luck that left her homeless but not “hopeless.” As a result, writes the author, she went from being an independent woman to a social outcast in a matter of mere months. She briefly found refuge with her mother and stepfather, but with a dysfunctional family tree rooted in incest, abuse and mental disorder, she swiftly returned to the streets. Karp ultimately found a haven in the 30-foot trailer she inherited after her biological father's suicide. But instead of wallowing, the author turned her hard luck into an opportunity to remove the negative associations from homelessness. Karp's language is direct and sometimes unsophisticated, but it keeps in line with the graphic nature of the text. Faith is no savior here; the author associates her rocky family dynamics with her upbringing as a Jehovah’s Witness, often referring to the religion as a cult. Karp's story reverberates with immediacy and honesty, and readers will be more than a little dismayed by the frightening notion that the author's fate could just as easily befall them.

A haunting personal story that gives a face and a name to homelessness.

 

Pub Date: May 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-373-89235-8
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Harlequin
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2011




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