The Girl's Guide to Homelessness

The Girl's Guide to Homelessness

A Memoir

Book - 2011
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Karp delivers a heartwrenching and darkly funny memoir about her experience becoming homeless after losing her corporate job in the Great Recession.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Harlequin, [2011], ©2011
ISBN: 9780373892358
Branch Call Number: 921 Karp
Description: 344 pages ; 21 cm


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StephanieOne Nov 29, 2018

This one started out so great. But it soon became more about her relationship than her other struggles. Yes, her relationship was a very large part of her identity and her rise to online fame. But I just felt like she was making everything about her boyfriend, and it became less and less about her.
The only saving grace in this book was the online resources it provided in the back. A few were somewhat outdated, but were still a huge wealth of knowledge.

Feb 07, 2017

Fascinating peek into the world of the homeless. My husband and I were part of a church that reached out to the homeless and had a homeless friend crash on our couch for six weeks. There is a wide variety within that sector of society and it is interesting to see another viewpoint. Mostly about her long distance romance--also interesting. Author is a good writer and makes you want to keep up on her to see how/what she is doing now.

Jul 25, 2016

I really wanted to READ THIS BOOK, especially because the author is so clearly talented...but it's starts off way darker than I anticipated and she refers to disturbing events so glibly -- I'm just not having it. I'll check her out in the future or skim this once I develop a tougher skin.

I loved her writing style...really interesting, playful at times, and quick moving.

Jul 14, 2016

I would like to extend a thank you to the other commentators.
In particular: "this book should have been called - - Living in a Trailer"
I would actually like to read a book titled Living in Trailer.
I watch the TV show "Tiny House Nation" as often as I can.

Jan 14, 2015

At the beginning of Ms. Karp's book, she quotes the US government's definition of "homeless" which includes people in her circumstances.
It sounded like she had several opportunities to save up and find a place to stay, but frittered her money away on a long-distance relationship. Of course, I doubt she was the first or will be the last to do something foolish in the name of love.
I found her detailed description of the emotional and sexual abuse she experienced when she was two years old hard to believe. It made me question how truthful the rest of her story was.
All in all, though, it's a well written and interesting book.

Oct 04, 2014

I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I felt sympathy for her because she clearly had limited choices in where she could have gone in escaping her family situation. I don't understand why she spent her money on things she really couldn't afford, or why she didn't focus on saving up so that she could get an apartment.

Her blog's most recent post is from October 2012, where she writes that she is living in an apartment. She posts about finding nice furniture from craigslist as well. I wish her the best in her future endeavors.

Jun 10, 2014

This is a rather misleading book, as it doesn't concern living on the streets, but one person's scaled back living circumstances, who considers herself homeless, while flying overseas to meet with her Scottish boyfriend from time to time? It does, at least to a minor degree, mention economic homelessness, which is a growing factor of the times. Mightily agree with commenter, fmaack, this book should have been called - - Living in a Trailer!

JCLHelenH Jan 21, 2014

Similar the Cheryl Strayed's Wild, although Karp's time in living in a trailer in a Walmart parking lot is involuntary. Karp explores issues of homelessness, while inspecting her own notions born of a life of abuse and programming as a Jehovah's Witness.

schen9 Jun 24, 2012

I thought this was an important book in bringing the multifaceted issue of homelessness to the light, but I did not think the writing did the issue justice. Karp comes across as subjective to the point of being unbelievable. The way she always portrayed herself as logical and right really rubbed me the wrong way. I think this would have been a stronger book if she had taken a longer time for reflection instead of writing the book while going through the events in it.

nycakaren Jan 22, 2012

Self-consciously clever and chatty. The author's attempts at sophistication disappointed me. This book lacked the honesty I was hoping for.

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