- Title: The Girl's Guide to Homelessness: A Memoir
- Author: Brianna Karp
- ISBN: 9780373892358
- Page: 209
- Format: Paperback
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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 aBrianna 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.
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I tried so hard to give the author the benefit of the doubt. I really did. Bottom line is that I think Brianna is on the road to being gifted writer who will write very well when she has more experience. This is not a criticism by any means. She is articulate and precise in her ideas.My overall feeling of the book, though, is that the book itself is based on Brianna's reality and not on truth. I also felt like she spent an inordinate amount of time trying to convince the reader that she was righ [...]
The first half of this "memoir" is strong and searing, recounting a seemingly smart girl's coming of age in a dysfunctional family and her determination to survive and break free. The author's work ethic, compassion, and commitment are admirable.However, the second half of the book, detailing her life in a trailer and her relationship with a homeless Scot, reads like an anti-feminist roadmap of bad decisions. Though the author had access to both a therapist and advice columnist, readers are left [...]
This? This is not a guide to homelessness. It's a revenge novel. And there's nothing wrong with revenge novels. Djuna Barnes, D.H. Lawrence and Leopold Woolf all penned revenge novels and no one holds that against them. Sometimes you just gotta unleash on those who may deserve it. It's just best to be honest about one's motives. For example, if one is getting revenge on a bad boyfriend, abusive parents, a weak stepfather and a shitheel who tricked you into paying for many expensive gifts even th [...]
I call BS. This book is not about homelessness. This is partially a short memoir of a messed up childhood and the rest is all about a guy. There's no tips for living "on the streets", or anything like that. Parking at Wal-Mart, peeing at a gas station, showering at the gym, these are all things that I'm pretty sure anyone with common sense would figure out on their own. And while I get that there is a new kind of homeless person, laid-off, foreclosed on, etc, this young woman is living inside a [...]
I was kind of disappointed with this book overall. Instead of being a interesting read into the life of a homeless girl, it ended up being a one sided tell-all drama fest about her whirlwind internet relationship that turned into a horror story. Not really at all what I was expecting, or *wanted* to read in the first place. On the positive side, it was interesting and well written enough to make me want to keep reading and find out how it ended. I saw huge red flags right from the beginning of t [...]
I read about The Girls Guide To Homelessness in PEOPLE magazine and was looking forward to picking it up. The idea, I thought, was interesting enough and the book was made to sound like it would be quick read. I finished the book in a single night, mostly because I couldn't wait to write this review, but felt in order to do so, I owed Brianna a fair shake at things. This book should have been have been written in three parts: Belief, Suspicion of Disbelief and Total Disbelief. I harbored a feeli [...]
Can't remember where I first heard about this story - probably read about it online. It kind of sounded intriguing, so I figured "what the hell, I'll buy the book and support this gal."What started off as a fairly well-crafted, believable narrative quickly devolved into the kind of drivel that teenage girl novels are probably made of. Seriously. Pieces stopped fitting together. Stuff stopped making sense. The whole tone became really melodramatic and THEN we're introduced to the boyfriend - the [...]
Not good. Also, not about being homeless. It's about having an ill-advised and ill-fated long distance relationship with some dude from Scotland. For whom she regularly bought plane tickets, btw. I'd say 50 percent of this book is Karp chastising her readers/the public for being judgmental about other people's choices and circumstances. And the other 50 percent of this book is Karp describing the cringe-worthy choices she made, most of them centered around the Scottish guy. (I guess there's a fa [...]
Anyone with a brain who reads this book and thinks for a moment this author is playing with a full deck needs to have their own head examined. This book is not about homelessness. Forget the argument about whether or not she can be considered homeless with a roof over her head, a cell phone, laptop, or trips to Europe. I think she brilliantly parlayed a homeless stint into a book deal. Part way through she did a switch from a subject which is a very real concern, into a self-absorbed fantasy abo [...]
The Girl's Guide to Homelessness: A Memoir by Brianna KarpI have heard a lot of buzz about Brianna Karp’s The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness so I was very excited to be able to read a prepublication of it. Unfortunately I was disappointed with this title.Ms. Karp is very angry in the book. And yes, she has many things to be angry about – a violent childhood, a horrible father. After she loses her job she really does not have the opportunity to move in for a lengthy stay with her parents. Ms. [...]
Very odd but very readable memoir that starts off as the story of Karp's extremely messed-up family (she has a few memoirs still left in the tank on this alone). But it then becomes the story of the unfortunate decisions she makes as she looks for love in all the wrong places. The publisher is Harlequin, so I suppose this makes sense, but the story arc still comes across as schizophrenic. The best (as in, well-written) parts are the details of her father's sexual abuse and her mother's mental, e [...]
First, let's get the Trigger/Content Warnings out of the way:Descriptions of Child Sexual AbuseDescriptions of Domestic ViolenceDescriptions of Physical Child AbuseGaslighting/Mental and Emotional AbuseReligious Cultism (Jehovah Witness)Descriptions of SuicideMental Illness (undiagnosed and untreated)And that was just the first 50 pagesThe book begins with Brianna giving the readers a run down on her family history with both mental illness and being in the Christian sect known as Jehovah's Witne [...]
You know, I loved the idea of this book. I loved that someone was writing a book to bring awareness to the epidemic of homelessness. I loved the idea that this book was bringing to light the fact that homeless people are not all addicts or mentally ill, that a few wrong choices in an otherwise completely "normal" existence could end your life as you know it. I did not, however, love this book.The author was in her twenties when she wrote this book, and it shows. I felt empathy for her, if only b [...]
This book is a tough read. Brianna is so strong and so brave and she did it all herself. She challenges the definition of homeless and reminds people there is no one circumstance or reason for being homeless. Everyone has a very different story and just because they aren't begging and without shelter doesn't make them any less homeless. Her particular story starts in violence, assault, abuse and religious fanaticism that keeps her prisoner until she's an adult. I've read a few reviews from peopl [...]
The title to this book is misleading or perhaps I read more into what I had hoped the book would be about. I really wanted this (as did the author, I believe) to be about putting a face and an inside look at the working "homeless." To some extent, Brianna Karp does this as she walks us through how she learned to live in the Walmart parking lots for free, shower with a $10/month gym membership, and job hunt at Starbucks that offer free internet. But mostly the book is a memoir of an abused child [...]
Fun read simply because of all of the interesting drama conveyed in the plotline (it's pretty girly, lot's of romance), but not what I was expecting. It gave some insight into how one falls into homelessness, the community one might find in homelessness and the creative ways in which one can survive. But all in all, the book was a drama, focussed more on the main character's personal relationship than her homelessness as an independent woman. It was simply written and a very easy and fast read.
"The review for this is going to be hard to write" is what I wrote immediately after finishing the book. I have had a few days to digest it now but I am still unsure how to address my thoughts.The Girl's Guide to Homelessness is a memoir from twenty something Brianna Karp. Abused and neglected as a child by her bipolar mother, Brianna grew up in a dysfunctional Seventh Adventist family. Despite her truly shocking childhood circumstances, Brianna establishes herself as an independent adult, until [...]
OK, full disclosure first. The version I was trying to read was an Advanced Uncorrected Proof. So perhaps some of the problems I had with this were fixed before the final, official version. But I sort of doubt it. And yes, if you read all that carefully enough, you'll know the second thing I'm going to sayI couldn't finish this.This is upsetting to me on several levels, the main one being that while helping choose selections for my library system, I saw the professional reviews on this title and [...]
"The Girl’s Guide to the Consequences of a Homelessness State of Mind"This book is about a girl's homelessness state of mind and the consequences.The book is published by Harlequin, the publisher of trashy novels. Brianna's story is a tragic modern day, facebook, twitter, cell phone, blogging romance.I think Brianna is a kind, loving and creative young woman, but misses the point of her life situation.Homelessness applies to Brianna's state of mind. She is out in the world feeling rootless and [...]
charlotteswebofbooks.I have really mixed emotions about this book. It is really hard for me to have empathy for someone who calls herself homeless, yet has a roof over her head and a door that locks. Granted, there is no plumbing or electricity. To me it is a little more like "roughing it" than being homeless. It is also hard for me to feel empathy when I could see her choices lead her down a path that would only draw out her "homelessness". For example, flying her boyfriend in from Europe multi [...]
The Girls Guide to Homelessness was an interesting read. I would've recommended it to my family and friends, except that there was a great deal of crude language that I know most would be offended by, so I don't recommend for that reason. I skimmed over the crude language myself, because, although it makes me uncomfortable, I am not offended enough to avoid reading the book because of it. It wasn't really a "guide" per se, more of a journaling of her experiences being homeless. If I hadn't alrea [...]
Brianna Karp is on a mission. She has a purpose. She did not choose it, but she chose to take what life dealt her and to use it for good.Brianna has had a difficult life. From the early age of ten she was forced to work to support her mother and sister. Violence and abuse was a way of life for her. Through perseverance and determination, she fought her way out of it.Finally, barely into her twenties, Brianna thought she had paid her dues. She had a good job and a place of her own. When the Reces [...]
This didn't talk as much about homelessness as I expected. A large part of it was devoted to her budding on-line, then in-person, relationship with a man who hosted a blog on homelessness. That's not why I picked up the book, and I skimmed a lot as a result. But, I suppose, even homeless people have relationships - I suppose that's part of what she was getting at. But it didn't do much for me.The author also provided a lot of good glimpses about what it's like being homeless. Now, her situation [...]
This is a memoir about a clueless young woman who loses her job and ends up with no place to live, no real friends, and with a bad family she can't get help from. She inherits a trailer and lives out of that, mostly in a Walmart parking lot. She does find various jobs, but she ends up spending most of her money on a guy from overseas who she meets while she's writing a homelessness blog. There is a whole community and they fall in love online, over long distance phone calls, and a couple visits. [...]
This is a very realistic portrayal of homelessness. Most people think of a typical alcoholic old man living in a cardboard box but this shows the broader definition. Brianna acknowledges that she has some advantages such as inheriting a trailer from a father that she never new and owning a laptop that helps her look for work. But living in a trailer at Walmart with no electricity and running water does not sound like a piece of cake to me. She never takes any state benefits other than unemployme [...]
That is IT. I am through reading blogs-turned-into memoirs. Though Brianna's life was much more interesting that that of Two Kisses for Maddy's Matt, I found myself bored halfway through. When the memoir becomes less about what it's like to survive as homeless and more about the dodgy asshole she enters a relationship with (Spoiler alert: HE TURNS OUT TO BE A SUPER SHADY PERSON), I find myself over it really really quickly. Also: generally speaking, at least 30% of blog memoir content becomes a [...]
Brianna wrote this book as she was living it, so it's really honest and raw. It drives me crazy when people challange her status of "homeless" b/c she lives in a camper. Come on! let's see them live in a camper and not call it homeless! Brianna is amazingly resiliant. She had no family to fall back on at all and she manages to do so much. If someone as intelligent and resourceful as Brianna has this much trouble bouncing back, how in the world can anyone else do it?? Something needs to change he [...]
This book is the product of a blog: The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness, but is not the reproduction of that blog. Instead the author, a twenty four year old, has shaped the narrative to center on the moment that began to define her new existence. A scene that a seasoned novelist would read with envy, so skillfully crafted was it. The day when she gathered her belongings from her mother’s house, boxed what she had room to take with her, donated to goodwill what she couldn’t, boarded her trail [...]
This book was a DNF for me. I got about 75 pages into it, and then I just didn't want to go any further. I thought the book had sounded really good, and maybe it picks up later on in the story, but the beginning is so bogged down in the author's horrible past experiences and negativity that I just needed to put it down. I didn't care for the author's voice or her writing style.
Brianna Karp's book, The Girl's Guide to Homelessness is about herself and the struggles she faced as a young girl who focused on her dreams of having a better life despite the abuse and pain she felt. The book is set in California from 1985 to 2010, when Brianna was born to the one she was homeless. Thinking that the worst of her troubles was over with as a child, Brianna soon learns about her dead father and ends being homeless and jobless at age twenty three. Brianna does anything she can to [...]
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