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What would you do if your Mormon stepfather pinned you down and tried to cast Satan out of you? For thirteen-year-old Ingrid, the answer is simple: RUN.

Ingrid Ricks grew up in a dysfunctional Mormon family with an absent, freewheeling dad and an intensely religious mother who was desperate to ensure her family's eternal salvation. For years she yearned to escape the suffoc...more
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Published September 30th 2011 (first published September 28th 2011)
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Megan
I really respect the honesty and the voice of this author. I felt Ingrid's anger, humiliation, joy and disappointment with her as I read this book. It must have been a crazy, painful walk into the past for her to capture her childhood voice like she did.

I have read some other reviews and have noticed that a few seem to think that the author is attacking an entire faith. That assumption could not be further from the truth. She does not make all people of the Mormon or LDS faith to be monsters or...more
Nicole Rhaven
Yippie! I won this book via First Reads!

"Hippie Boy" is a smooth flowing, well-written, compelling memoir of a young girl's desperate struggle to escape and find her own path.

It's captivating and heart-breaking at some points when the family encounters difficult times.

With an authoritative abusive stepfather, a mother with a dogma of
Mormonism, a somewhat neglectful father, and siblings both older and younger than herself, Ingrid tells a real coming-of-age story; which encourages you to make...more
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It is 1979 and 13 year-old Ingrid was facing down her mother's new husband Earl. He was a Vietnam Vet and had been homeless for years. Now her stepfather, he was also a Mormon priesthood holder. This meant he had direct communication with God. Ingrid knew the rules; Mormon priesthood holder men had absolute authority. Even her mother couldn't overrule his decision. Ingrid wouldn't accept that, she wanted to be with her father.(Some spoilers if you continue reading.) A salesman who traveled the c...more
Marjiebowker
I read Hippie Boy in two days and have since shared it with approximately 60 people - 40 of whom are my high school students (I teach at an alternative school for at-risk teens). I was so happy to find a coming-of-age book with a strong female voice and a positive, powerful message and just knew my students would connect with it strongly. I've been able to test my theory with a class set of books over the past two weeks, and my intuition was right times one hundred...my students are crazy about...more
Jen Lepp
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Camie
This book was written by a girl who grew up in my hometown, in fact she went to high school with my younger sister. Everyone who has read it has been surprised that things like this happened when we were growing up in what was then quite a small city.
Nicole Rhaven
Yippie! I won this book via First Reads!

"Hippie Boy" is a smooth flowing, well-written, compelling memoir of a young girl's desperate struggle to escape and find her own path.

It's captivating and heart-breaking at some points when the family encounters difficult times.

With an authoritative abusive stepfather, a mother with a dogma of
Mormonism, a somewhat neglectful father, and siblings both older and younger than herself, Ingrid tells a real coming-of-age story; which encourages you to make you...more
Angie
awesome book! that guy Earl was a jerk... I can just imagine how hideous the guy looks. I love the bond Ingrid had with her daddy. definitely recommend anyone to read this book!
RYCJ
Although I thought I was familiar with the term hippie, I must say Ingrid Ricks has clearly & concisely clarified the term for me. She does a fine job bringing to life her inborn fiery spirit and drive to set her own pace in life. The thing here is, I'm almost certain, even without the suffocating environ, the hippie part came with her mold. It's written all over her voice.

I also must admit not being familiar with the Mormon religion, or culture, which exploring more on the subject was one o...more
Dixie Goode
Ingrid Rick's examination of growing up in a world split between her Mother's religious rigidity, and her Dad's free wheeling life on the road is a moving, honest, gripping story which pulled me into it and didn't let me stop until the last word had been read. Because her writing is refreshingly honest and personal, I had to care about her and her siblings. She incorporates so much of the world around her, and the time period into her memoir that I almost felt like I had lived through it with he...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I was fortunate enough to pick up A Little Book of Mormon stories, the autobiographical stories by Ingrid Ricks, a few months ago. Because I enjoyed those so much, the author forwarded me her book Hippie Boy: A Girl's Story.

This wonderful book is also autobiographical-- and I can't deny that a lot of the power in this novel is that this is Ingrid's true story. We are introduced to her family-- her mother that is struggling to make ends meet, her father who Ingrid worships as a child but then gro...more
Rolando Garcia
Who doesn't like stories where the protagonists overcome difficult challenges to succeed and make their dreams come true? In this world of broken dreams that is one of the purposes of fiction, to allow us to visualize a better life for ourselves, even if it may be unrealistic and beyond our grasp. But who needs fiction when you can read Ingrid Rick's true story "Hippie Boy"?

This the tale of a young girl and her siblings immersed in the maelstrom of a family that unstitches at the seams. It is ab...more
Karen Pokras Toz
Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story is a fascinating memoir written about Author Ingrid Ricks' childhood - growing up poor and Mormon in the 70s/80s. As someone who also grew up in this time period, I felt an instant connection to Ingrid, even though my own childhood was completely different. Still – I immediately empathized with young Ingrid – cheering her accomplishments, crying over her heartache, and pulling for things to get better in her dysfunctional family.

Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story was just one...more
Melissa
I really love memoirs, the stories of people, every-day people. I especially enjoyed this memoir because it I think it is a story that is, in parts, more true and common in the states than most would perhaps realize. Poverty, religious-fanaticism, broken homes and the amazing ability of children to love their fathers/mothers. Having worked in a school with the poorer students of a small town, I felt like I was offered a glimpse of their lives, the stories they couldn't express and the humanity o...more
Kim
It is really hard to search for a good book within the new Kindle lending library that Amazon offers its prime members, but I lucked out with this one. The story of a young girl overcoming the failures of her parents to grow and mature into an independent, capable young woman never gets old. It provides hope that a child can overcome an unhealthy home situation and break the cycle of dependency, poverty, and/or laziness. It is a reminder that no one has a perfect family, and we all are broken in...more
Ashley
Why someone chooses one religion over another has always fascinated me, so when I picked this up it was more to learn about the Mormon religion than to learn Ingrid's story. So I was pretty shocked to discover I really wanted to know what happened to Ingrid more than the other stuff pretty quickly.
This story takes us through the hard teen life of a young woman from a broken home. Very well written!
Maria Ross
Ingrid's book is mesmerizing! Her tale of fatherly worship and betrayal is riveting and poignant, but the overlay of her mentally abusive Mormon stepfather and the environment in which she grew up is even more dramatic. She does an incredible job sharing a sense of place - you feel like you are right there in the living room with her! I'm hooked and can't wait to see where it all goes.
Lahoma Gayle
Read this book on 2days. Enjoyed it but not what I expected. Glad I stumbled onto it. Her memoirs are truly believable. Can mirror many, many coming of age with many different circumstances. Will recommend.
Ingrid Lola
I don't understand why this book has so many high ratings... I wasn't impressed with it at all.
Carol
Ricks has written a taut, tension paced book that I couldn't put down.
Samantha Ace
Received through Goodreads first reads giveaway.
Carole Meeter
Was very slow moving and repetitive.
Denise
Apr 19, 2014 Denise rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
In a nutshell, this is an amazing story and a completely engrossing read, an autobiography that reads like a novel, an intense novel.

Full disclosure, I am an incredibly distant relative of the author. I am also incredibly distantly related to nearly everyone with the surname “Ricks.” It’s a Mormon thing. I’m not Mormon but am descended from a prominent, and, shall we say, fruitful, family that was instrumental in the settling of Utah. I have never met Ingrid Ricks. If I ever get the chance, I wo...more
Jessica
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway!


What would you do if your stepfather pinned you down and tried to cast Satan out of you? For thirteen-year-old Ingrid, the answer is simple: RUN.

For years Ingrid Ricks yearned to escape the poverty and the suffocating brand of Mormon religion that oppressed her at home. Her chance came when she was thirteen and took a trip with her divorced dad, traveling throughout the Midwest, selling tools and hanging around with the men on his shady revolving sales cre...more
Viviane Crystal
Ingrid Ricks has a heart-breaking story to tell. It’s about a mother so yearning to be loved and cared for that she can’t see the trouble in front of her face. First she divorces Ingrid’s father because he doesn’t buy into the Mormon religion she follows with almost fanatic intensity. Then her Mom begins dating Earl, a guy who gives the word “mean” a reality that is painful to read about, let alone what it must have been like to live with. Ingrid at first stays and does her best to ignore the fi...more
Angie Holtz
From Lilac Wolf and Stuff

Catchy cover - when I saw it on my Kindle...I had forgotten downloading it. But the cover grabbed me one afternoon when I was bored to tears waiting for my son's bus. And then I couldn't put it down. I wasn't expecting such a great story...and so mild.

For some reason I was expecting a really twisted, out there tale. But it was fairly vanilla. Which is good, I think teens on up can enjoy this book. Even with nothing really terrible happening, it holds your interest. Ingri...more
Tami
I haven't received my copy yet, just received notice I had won. 1/3/12
Received my copy last night, 1/9/12 and hope to get to it soon. I hae my current read plus 6 more in front of it.
Started today 2/1/12
Finished last night 2/2/12

Ingrid is growing up in the late 70's/early 80's (I am guessing with reference to clothing, hair styles, etc.) Her parents are divorced and her mother marries a man that the children can't stand. She adores her father and wants nothing more than to leave with him on his...more
Grace
Ok, in the interest of being honest, it would be really difficult for me to be completely unbiased in my assessment of this book. I met Ingrid in Seattle and have had the pleasure of grabbing coffee with her. We have a couple of mutual friends. She sent me a signed copy of this book which I possessively protect as not only a gift from someone I admire, but also for the supportive message it provides me.

So that being said, I really did like this book a lot. And my star rating is reflective of how...more
McGuffy Morris
In this fast paced memoir, Ingrid Ricks tells her story of growing up and finding her own way. She tells of her broken but important relationship with her father, and of how it was this that helped her to ultimately learn how to save herself.

Ingrid's mother is a very troubled woman, who clings to the Mormon religion. She marries a homeless veteran, who is also a Mormon. Even though she is torn by this male dominated religion, she feels compelled to follow it and her abusive husband.

This memoir i...more
Cammy Hunnicutt
A memoir that reads like a novel.

This tale of a girl suffering through a Mormon stepfather and, subtextually, a birth father who is almost as traumatic, doesn't read like the raft of memoirs we're being inundated with. If you didn't know it was a recounting, you could easily take if for first-person novel told in a very low-key but effective "naive voice".

Ingrid Ricks' story is certainly the stuff of YA, coming-of-age, bad 'rents novels. It even has amazing novelistic plot embellishments. Not en...more
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Ingrid Ricks is a Seattle-based journalist, author, and teen mentor who leverages the new world of digital publishing to give teens a voice. Using her New York Times bestselling debut memoir Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story as a catalyst, she recently co-launched WeAreAbsolutelyNotOkay.org, a nationally recognized mentoring/publishing program that helps teens find their voice by writing and publishing t...more
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