Is Brianna Karp really homeless? That is the overwhelming question I had when I finished this book. She had a trailer which she lived out of, albeit i...moreIs Brianna Karp really homeless? That is the overwhelming question I had when I finished this book. She had a trailer which she lived out of, albeit in a Wal-Mart parking lot, but she could have sold it and rented a room. Apparently this was beneath her or she never thought of it. She would have had a lot more stability had she had a fixed address. She was in fact collecting EI benefits so she had a steady income. My answer is that she is not homeless but that doesn't make this book any less interesting.
I do volunteer work with homeless people and I'd have to say Karp is not the first person I'd think of when I hear the word 'homeless'. She isn't homeless, but rather what is called 'street-affected'. She has a street life like most homeless people with the difference being she has a roof over her head.
The writing isn't bad, so I'd still give this book 3 stars. In some ways it's quite interesting and Karp does have an awful past of living with an abusive mother and a father who sexually assaulted her. She meets a homeless activist who is a bit of a twit. There is a lot of chapters dedicated to their romance so I wasn't too surprised when I noticed Harlequin was the publisher of this book. It's not exactly cheesy romance although there are cheesy moments.
I'd recommend the book on the basis of the writing. It isn't bad. Her story again, is tragic but if you're looking for a memoir about the plight of the homeless, don't look here. Karp frequents Starbucks while most homeless people I know wouldn't even be allowed in Starbucks if they tried. She also can afford multiple trips to Europe to visit her boyfriend.
This book is not what I expected. Perhaps if the title had been "The Girl's Guide to Living in a Trailer" I might have been a little more enthralled (if I'd chosen to pick the book up at all). The author got a lot of attention in the media but mainly because of her boyfriend's knowledge of sites like Reddit.com which pushed her story into the forefront. She also has the advantage of being a white middle class woman. (less)
Great. Of course. There's some excellent poetry in this collection and quite a few good poems as well. These are stories and poems from later in Bukow...moreGreat. Of course. There's some excellent poetry in this collection and quite a few good poems as well. These are stories and poems from later in Bukowski's life. (less)