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Hippie Boy: A Girl's Story

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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
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ebook, 244 pages
Published September 30th 2011 (first published September 28th 2011)
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Megan
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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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
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Camie
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
eNovel Reviews
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing


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
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Beth Roberts
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I set a goal this year to read as many of the older Kindle books languishing in my TBR as possible. This book has the oldest slot in that pile. I got it for free in the heyday of Amazon freebies, in December 2011.

I notice it has since been picked up by Penguin and reissued. It currently sells for $12.99.

I have to say I'm grateful I got it for free - I certainly wouldn't want to pay the top dollar price they're asking today.

The book is fine. For an early indie publish, it had only a few minor ed
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Marjiebowker
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Karen Toz
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Carole Meeter
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Was very slow moving and repetitive.
Angie
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Denise
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Rolando Garcia
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family, memoir
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
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Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-request
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
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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
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Dixie Goode
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
RYCJ
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dynamic-reads
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 of th
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Melissa
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nicole Rhaven
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 yo
...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
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-books
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!
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Maria Ross
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Becca McCulloch
Jan 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hated-it
So... if you already hate Mormons and think religion is just oppressive wishwash, you will LOVE this book. For the rest of us who have grown up enough to realize that individual people are never perfect representations of an ideal and that mothers deserve compassion not criticism, you will likely find this book very disappointing.
Theresa C
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
It took me forever to get through this book. The story of Ingrid's relationship with her father was compelling, but I wanted to slap her mother through most of it. Coming of age story? Perhaps. A book I would recommend to others? Probably not. ...more
Lahoma Gayle
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished
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
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
I don't understand why this book has so many high ratings... I wasn't impressed with it at all. ...more
Carol
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ricks has written a taut, tension paced book that I couldn't put down. ...more
Samantha A
Received through Goodreads first reads giveaway.
Olivia Fryer
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book while I know the author. Still gripped me completely. The writing style flows beautifully and the story will have you laughing one second and crying the next. It is a truely poetic roller coaster of emotions. At many points it is hard to believe/remember that it's a biography because the writing style is so gripping and because some of the darker moments in the story. Over all it is gorgeous, and I couldnt be more proud of the author for being brave enough to share these deatils of her ...more
Barbara
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I met Ingrid Ricks and her daughter last week in a Ballard Coffee shop which reminded me she was a Ballard writer who wrote a New York Times best selling memoir. I read the book and found it to be a compelling and enjoyable read.
Rainey
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a heartbreaking and hopeful read. I felt like I was emotionally involved with Ingrid’s plight and felt so sorry for all her struggles.
Abi
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a good book, emotional rollercoaster. Was exciting and adventured filled. Would suggest as a good read to others.
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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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