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Brianna Karp entered the workforce at age ten, supporting her mother and sister throughout her teen years in Southern California. Although her young life was scarred by violence and abuse, Karp stayed focused on her dream of a steady job and a home of her own. By age twenty-two her dream became reality. Karp loved her job as an executive assistant and signed the lease on a tiny cottage near the beach.

And then the Great Recession hit. Karp, like millions of others, lost her job. In the six months between the day she was laid off and the day she was forced out onto the street, Karp scrambled for temp work and filed hundreds of job applications, only to find all doors closed. When she inherited a thirty-foot travel trailer after her father's suicide, Karp parked it in a Walmart parking lot and began to blog about her search for work and a way back.

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"In this candid and wickedly humorous memoir, Karp recounts her struggles of going from having a steady job to living in a trailer in a Southern California Wal-Mart parking lot in a matter of days. Raised in a Jehovah's Witness household, Karp endured sexual abuse from her father (who later abandoned the family) as well as mental and physical abuse by her mother. Despite this, as well as being forced by her mother to get a job at age 10, she excelled in school and had a well-paying job as an executive assistant when she was 22. But in the wake of the recession, Karp was laid off after TK years, and, unable to pay rent or stay with her mother and stepfather, had to live in a 30-foot trailer she'd recently inherited. Taking advantage of Wal-Mart's policy of allowing RVs and trailers to stay in their parking lots overnight, Karp 'moved' to a parking lot, spending her days at Starbucks using the Wi-Fi connection to search for jobs. When a friend suggested blogging about her experience, she started www.girlsguidetohomelessness.com and connected with other homeless activists; soon, her story went viral. Karp's voice is instantly appealing, and her message that basic respect shouldn't disappear when you lose your home is a vital one. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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tokenault, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by tokenault)
I really liked the beginning of this book. The way Brianna just handled everything in such a matter-of-fact, frank way was interesting. However, as I think a few have said before, she may have been too close in time to the trauma of the horrible boyfriend to be writing about it. When the book goes in this direction, it changes from a memoir to a very in-the-moment timeframe which diverges from the opening sections.

I think for a first novelist coming off of a very stream-of-conscientious type blog writing background, it was very good and I hope she keeps writing.
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Margi Shindler, April 6, 2012 (view all comments by Margi Shindler)
I found this book at a beach town book exchange in Mexico. I had homework reading to do, but found this story to be far more engaging, so much so that I could not stop reading, even though I told myself I wanted to save some of the book for the long plane ride home. I finished the book before I could stop myself. I had to find out how the slowly cresting plot would resolve itself.
Brianna Karp is a courageous and funny young woman. She has written what amounts to a cautionary tale for 20 somethings navigating a formerly affluent country which now has hit the rocks of recession, changing the game for everyone, especially young people trying to get a start in their careers. She worked hard, and against the odds, but mere hard work was not enough. The decisions facing workers are more serious now, as the U.S. economy has indeed become the 'school of hard knocks'.
Ms. Karp is the same age as my own kids, and a role model for the high school age kids I teach. This book is a perfect choice for school reading. It is exciting and personal, and it is true.
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hapy411, January 17, 2012 (view all comments by hapy411)
I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780373892358
Author:
Karp, Brianna
Publisher:
Harlequin
Subject:
Biography - General
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.38 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this candid and wickedly humorous memoir, Karp recounts her struggles of going from having a steady job to living in a trailer in a Southern California Wal-Mart parking lot in a matter of days. Raised in a Jehovah's Witness household, Karp endured sexual abuse from her father (who later abandoned the family) as well as mental and physical abuse by her mother. Despite this, as well as being forced by her mother to get a job at age 10, she excelled in school and had a well-paying job as an executive assistant when she was 22. But in the wake of the recession, Karp was laid off after TK years, and, unable to pay rent or stay with her mother and stepfather, had to live in a 30-foot trailer she'd recently inherited. Taking advantage of Wal-Mart's policy of allowing RVs and trailers to stay in their parking lots overnight, Karp 'moved' to a parking lot, spending her days at Starbucks using the Wi-Fi connection to search for jobs. When a friend suggested blogging about her experience, she started www.girlsguidetohomelessness.com and connected with other homeless activists; soon, her story went viral. Karp's voice is instantly appealing, and her message that basic respect shouldn't disappear when you lose your home is a vital one. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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