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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Review: The Girl's Guide to Homelessness

Title: The Girl's Guide to Homelessness
Series: No
 Genre: Young to New Adult- Memoir
Author: Brianna Karp
Publisher: Harlequin Nonfiction
Release Date: April 13, 2011
Book: ARC give to me by Joni at Paragraphs Books

"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 assistant 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."

This is one memoir that had me not only mad, but sad through out the whole book! I felt for Brianna right away. I know people have tough life's, but this point in Brianna's life was really difficult. Some of the things she went through really wanted me to slap some people and put them in line. How Ms. Karp manage to keep her head on straight and look forward is only by God's grace. 

This memoir is down right real and not happy. Some of things she went through was tough to read. Most of the time I was reading this book I had to shut my eyes and count to 10. Literally. I was so upset and angry at the things she went through. As far as a teen reading this, I would not recommend for a younger teen to read this. 18 yrs and older, yes. Some things in this book is too graphic for a young teenager to read. 

No matter what Ms. Karp went through, she surpassed it. I admired her for that. And it just goes to show that if she can go through all that she went through and come out still strong, you can do that same thing too. Ms. Karp is a great inspiration. She was beaten down, lied too, abused and mistreated, yet she did not let anything or anyone bring her down. To me, no matter if she leaves in a home or not, she made it. And no one can tell her otherwise.

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. I didn't realise this was a memoir while I was reading your review. Wow! Sounds like a good read. I'll add it to my TBR. :)

  2. I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this one because I thought it would be too emotional. I still think I might, but am thinking more about it since your review. I love the way you talk about it. Oh, I will have to think about it now!

  3. This sounds like such an emotional story. Adding this to my wishlist. Thanks Savy :)

  4. I hadn't heard of this, but now Im glad I did.
    Im adding it to my to read list now.

  5. *hugs*

    Awe. I know that feeling of getting upset and angry, but it really speaks volumes for how much a story affects you, huh? Great review, Savy.


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