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I thought the book was pretty sad, obviously I wasn't expecting it to be very positive based on the title and theme but the entire book up until the very end was sad because nothing good ever happened to Joe and people kept putting him down throughout the book. For example, at the beginning, Joe's mother died and his father leaves the apartment so he's forced to live out on the streets because he can't afford the apartment himself. The first people he tries to contact for help are his cousin and ...more
Read this one in high school. Real raw and rough. I couldn't believe when I read it back then that people could really do this to another person. That life could just beat you up so bad. Twenty years later and having been homeless myself for a time I now know that his story was kind of tamed down. I imagine he had to edit a lot of stuff out of his real story or it would have never been in my school's library. Worth the read especially if you are into helping people. This book may give you a litt ...more
Scary how someone can become homeless in the city with almost no notice. Scary how homeless can become faceless, and dangerous in the perception of others who are merely trying to protect their own. Having worked in a soup kitchen for the past four years and accrued acquaintances who are homeless, it has taken on a new level of sad. If you don't mind reading "sad" in order to gain perspective, read this. It's not a long book.