March 15, 2011

Review - The Girl's Guide To Homelessness (Brianna Karp)

In times likes these homelessness is something that can happen to everyone so easily that it's downright scary. The Girl's Guide To Homelessness recounts the story of Brianna Karp who found herself in this situation from one day to the next. Being stranded in an old trailer that she was allowed to park on a Walmart parking lot she started to blog about her life as homeless girl, soon trying to alleviate common misconceptions of homelessness.
Frankly, this memoir leaves you wishing that it is only fiction, because you'd never want a person to have to live through all of this. In other words, it is brutally honest, touching and shocking, and certainly not for the faint of heart.
Split in mainly three big themes, homelessness being one of them, Brianna writes about her highly dysfunctional family and her upbringing as Jehovah's Witness, as well as her relationship with Matt whom she got to knew through blogging. While these three parts obviously interconnect, the result unfortunately feels crude and imbalanced. Even taking into consideration that a memoir will rarely comprise of just one topic in one's life, some parts – especially about Matt – were, in my opinion, blown out of proportion. So, while the content as such moved me deeply, the execution left me somewhat disappointed.
In short: A touching memoir not only about homelessness but also about perseverance of “a homeless girl”.

3/5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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