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One Way Ticket to Anywhere

4.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  45 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
After Rich's mother kicks him out of the house in a drunken fury when he refuses to eat kidney beans, the sixteen-year-old is put on a bus and rides cross-country to meet his father, whom he had been conditioned to fear as the monster who abducted him as an infant. Two months later, his step-mother offers him a one way bus ticket to anywhere you want to go. After perusing ...more
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Published March 25th 2011 by Rich Ochoa
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May 24, 2015 Grady rated it it was amazing
`No points were given for overcoming personal problems.'

The handsome Texas author Rich Ochoa has penned one of the more compelling memoirs on the selves today. But first a bit of background about this man who survived a shattered childhood. Rich served with the US Navy Submarine division maintaining the nuclear weapon systems, after which he became a prominent athlete, competing in the Decathlon at the 1984 Boston College Relays and the pole vault events, earned a BS in electrical engineering fr
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Dec 20, 2014 Bonnie Gonzales rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
stunning and revealing

Recently, I have taken on the role of a "grandma" to three older children who suffered the effects of drug and alcohol addicted parents and who, as orphans, were forced to parent themselves. This well-written and compelling book reveals much about the children's sometimes mystifying behaviors, attitudes, and abilities. Caregivers need to read this one.
Jul 04, 2011 Tammy rated it it was amazing
I just loved this book Rich Ochoa shows great writing ability here as He takes you through his struggles as a child He is able to make you laugh Even have some empathy for his mothers alcoholism and her disability to parent because of her addiction The goals he sets for himself as a teenager are highly commendable and you wonder if they are achievable given his circumstances From start to finish I found myself wanting to see things go right for this young man and reading the book brings you to g ...more
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Feb 08, 2013 Vanessa Perez rated it it was amazing
This book was a mixed bag of emotions. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time (the wrapping paper / little tykes pole vault kit scene) and I haven't wanted to cry so much because of a book either (the DQ trash scene). It was inspirational at its best and cringe worthy at its worst (but only due to treatment of son by mother). I highly recommend this book!

And just a side note I went into this book reading it like it was "youth in revolt" and ended it feeling like I just watched that movie where
Mar 19, 2012 Gayle rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir
If all of this really happened the way the author told it - it's amazing! Sometimes his memory seems almost too good. I hate to be a skeptic, but after reading "A Million Tiny Pieces" years ago, I have become suspicious when memories are so incredibly detailed, and outrageous odds against are overcome. There is too much bad language, even though it might have happened that way - some details can be avoided and still tell the same story - only BETTER!
Chris Schaeffer
May 19, 2011 Chris Schaeffer rated it it was amazing
An inspiring story.
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