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Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir

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ISBN13: 9780812974560
ISBN10: 0812974565
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Just two hours ago, I had been heating up some lentil soup at my mom's in Brooklyn, thinking I'd eat it and maybe read some Edith Wharton before bed. Now here I was at a runaway shelter, staring at a nun's mustache and wondering where I was going to spend the rest of my adolescence.<BR>"<BR>"At fifteen, sick of her mom's spineless reactions to abusive men-and afraid of her stepfather's unpredictable behavior-Janice Erlbaum walked out of her family's apartment and never returned. What followed that fateful decision is the heart of this amazing, fascinating, and disturbing memoir.<BR>From her first frightening night at a shelter, trying to sleep in a large room filled with yelling girls, Janice knew she was in over her head. She was beaten up, shaken down, and nearly stabbed by a pregnant girl. But it was still better than living at home. Just like that, she was halfway homeless, always one step away from being sent "upstate to Lockdown."<BR>As Janice slipped further into street life, she nevertheless continued to attend high school, harbor crushes, even play the lead in the spring production of Guys and Dolls. She also roamed the streets, clubs, bars, and parks of New York City with her two best girlfriends, on the prowl for hard drugs and boys on skateboards. Together they scored coke at Danceteria, smoked angel dust in East Village squats, commiserated over their crazy mothers, and slept with one another's boyfriends on a regular basis. <BR>Janice Erlbaum paints a wry, mesmerizing portrait of being underprivileged, underage, and underdressed in the 1980s, bouncing from shelters to group homes, from tenement squats to legendary nightclubs. A moving and tremendously entertaining ridethrough the seediest parts of New York City, Girlbomb provides an unflinching look at street life, survival sex, female friendships, and first loves. <P>"From the Hardcover edition."

About the Author

Janice Erlbaum is a columnist for BUST magazine and a volunteer at a shelter for homeless teenagers. She lives in New York City with her boyfriend and their three cats. This is her first book.

Visit the authors website at www.girlbomb.com.

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Leslie Pop, January 31, 2011 (view all comments by Leslie Pop)
I started this book in the morning, and finished before I went to sleep the same day. Once I started, I just couldn't put it down. I'm familiar with Janice Erlbaum's writing from Bust Magazine, and this book made me a solid fan. Girlbomb conveys some pretty gritty life experiences in a straightforward voice, making sure to convey the fact that although her teen years were tough, she appreciates every experience. Looking forward to reading more of her work.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812974560
Author:
Erlbaum, Janice
Publisher:
Villard Books
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Erlbaum, Janice
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.34 x 0.6 in 0.45 lb

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