An astonishing story of triumph and a fierce determination to give back
Carissa Phelps was a runner. By twelve, she had run away from home, dropped out of shcool, and fled blindly into the arms of a brutal pimp, who made her walk the hard streets of central California. But even when she escaped him, she could not outrun the crushing inner pain of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. With little to hope for, she expected to end up in prison, or worse.
Her life was transformed through the unexpected kindness of a teacher and a counselor. Miraculously, by the time Carissa turned thirty, she had accomplished the the unimaginable, graduation from UCLA with both a law degree and an MBA. she had left the streets behind, yet her path would eventually draw her back, this time working to help homeless and at-risk youth find their own paths to a better life.
This book delivered what I expected.
Runaway Girl tells how the author was able to overcome a tough childhood to become what she is today.
I have heard about the child prostitution and what happens to runaways in America. However, this book takes a deeper and longer look at the fate of kids and teens who are on the streets on their own.
This book got hard to read sometimes because of the subject matter. The writing style is simple, though, and makes the story easier to digest. It also makes it easier to empathize with Carissa.
Did I love this book? Not really, but I can definitely see the value of this book. This book is perfect for those who have had a similar childhood or who are struggling with the same issues.
Thanks to NetGalley and Viking USA for the e-ARC. Publication date of July 5, 2012.
- It's an inspiring story.
- It raises awareness about an important cause.
- The flow of the story is natural.
- It reads like it's written for a younger audience.
Imposed control. Or what I thought was control.READ IT IF:
- You want to know more about prostituted children's conditions.
- You know what it feels like to be a runaway.
- You support charities and non-profit organizations.