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"Hell Camp": How to chew on a crazy childhood and avoid choking!
It took a few years before Smart could see the funny side of having a mother who ran over the crossing guard, collapsed onto the baggage carousel, extinguished candles with her bare stomach and crashed cars on a regular basis.
Growing up with a mother suffering from borderline personality disorder had its fair
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ebook, 288 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by iMay Productions
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Andrew
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Hell Camp” is a revisit of childhood and adolescence, a time when parents both seem crazy and offer a pillar of support. Except in Niki Smart’s case – you see, she had a mother who provided Niki with an insane, mad childhood and substituted a mother’s support with a maternal narcissist who manipulated her children, argued with them (and their friends, their teachers, EVERYONE…), slept with the neighbour (and, well, EVERYONE…) abandoned her children for months on end, and ultimately kidnapped ...more
Lenelle Hamil
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hell Camp by author Niki Smart, is a honest account of her tumultuous past, colorfully written with wit and humor!! I could not put the book down!! A must-read!!
Erin Shiba
Aug 17, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I've been putting off this review for some time now. The largest difficulty has been this: I genuinely feel that Niki Smart's life is worthy of interest and sympathy. The journey that she's taken--through apartheid, sexual abuse, alcoholism, saddled with a mentally unstable mother and a desperate need for fame--and the fact that she's arrived safely on the other side is nothing short of remarkable. However, I not only didn't enjoy this read, I actively disliked the experience. Had I not received ...more
Jason
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story. Hell Camp reads like a journal really, but that's part of its charm. It seems authentic. Good one to give your selfish, entitled teenage daughter :)
Trevor Pearson
Received a copy of Hell Camp by Niki Smart through the First Reads Giveaway program in exchange for an honest review

"I was reckless to the point of stupidity. I mean, I climbed in cars with strangers, I climbed on the back of motorbikes with strangers...well basically, I climbed on strangers. I was drunk and I didn't care. I sought out constant adventure, anything out of the ordinary, anything to occupy my mind. Boredom was equivalent to death.Keep me stimulated, keep me busy, busy, busy, so I
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Cheryl
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Both heartbreaking and humorous. Hell Camp was so engaging, I devoured it over a weekend. Fascinating memoir from a true survivor.
Geoph Frey
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining - Deep - Well written: Totally a great read!
Daniel
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Niki is so honest about her history in a way that is both entertaining and heart-warming. It is inspiring to read a story about topics that are current and important while showing a wonderful example of how to survive and thrive despite difficult and tumultuous circumstances. Every page makes me want to turn the next quicker and quicker as her words lift off the page with wit while inspiring both laughs and tears. I recommend anyone to read this book who appreciates a good story and inspiration ...more
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