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Publisher Comments:

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.

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.

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."

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.

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 ride through the seediest parts of New York City, Girlbomb provides an unflinching look at street life, survival sex, female friendships, and first loves.

Review:

"This affecting, silver-tongued memoir observes with absolute precision the slipperiness of being a teenaged girl in a world where friends backstab and parents betray you. Candid, searing, and, at times, wickedly funny, Girlbomb is an uncommon story about a remarkable adolescent who, in a bid to save herself, chose homelessness over her mother?s one continuous mistake. Stunning." Amanda Stern, author of The Long Haul

Review:

"Janice Erlbaum has all the stuff that cult icons are made of. Women everywhere will find their Basketball Diaries in Girlbomb." Koren Zailckas, author of Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

Review:

"The rounds of self-destructive behavior make for less captivating reading than the firsthand accounts of teen homelessness, but memoir readers who enjoy tales of harrowing, idiosyncratic coming-of-age will still embrace Erlbaum's rueful self-regard and savage humor." Jennifer Mattson, Booklist

Review:

"Sharp yet poignant, raw and vivid, [Girlbomb] illumines the dirty underside of American girlhood and brings it to harrowing life." Publishers Weekly

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400064229
Subtitle:
A Halfway Homeless Memoir
Publisher:
Villard
Author:
Erlbaum, Janice
Subject:
Women
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Erlbaum, Janice
Publication Date:
20060307
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.66x5.84x.96 in. .88 lbs.

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » Memoirs
History and Social Science » American Studies » General
Young Adult » Nonfiction » Biographies
Young Adult » Nonfiction » Teen Issues

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Product details 272 pages Villard Books - English 9781400064229 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This affecting, silver-tongued memoir observes with absolute precision the slipperiness of being a teenaged girl in a world where friends backstab and parents betray you. Candid, searing, and, at times, wickedly funny, Girlbomb is an uncommon story about a remarkable adolescent who, in a bid to save herself, chose homelessness over her mother?s one continuous mistake. Stunning."
"Review" by , "Janice Erlbaum has all the stuff that cult icons are made of. Women everywhere will find their Basketball Diaries in Girlbomb."
"Review" by , "The rounds of self-destructive behavior make for less captivating reading than the firsthand accounts of teen homelessness, but memoir readers who enjoy tales of harrowing, idiosyncratic coming-of-age will still embrace Erlbaum's rueful self-regard and savage humor."
"Review" by , "Sharp yet poignant, raw and vivid, [Girlbomb] illumines the dirty underside of American girlhood and brings it to harrowing life."
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