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The Girl's Guide to Homelessness by Brianna Karp
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Mar 02, 2012

it was amazing
Recommended to Jes by: The bookshelf at a local bookstore
Read from February 29 to March 01, 2012

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 people who were still not convinced she was homeless and after her story I'm appalled they could read this book and fixate on her having 'too much' to be homeless. They missed the point entirely. As far as judging that, it doesn't matter how homeless (as if it should be measured) a person is, if they can't consistently provide for all their needs and their residence is anything less than a house or apartment that they aren't in danger of losing, homeless.

Brianna has overcome obstacles that would ruin most people. This book is about a lot of things but most of all it's about resilience and not assigning blame as part of recovering, just focusing on the hope and believing in your own strength through it all. Her personal trials connected her to the homeless community and she is a continuing advocate for them even now.

I can see that some people who have no experience with suffering might not get the point or take away any relevant messages, but they are the ones who wouldn't survive ordeals like the ones Bri did.
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