The Glass Castle has nothing on Hippie Boy: A Girl's Story, the honest and at times shocking memoir from author Ingrid Ricks. A mixture of family, faith, and identity struggles defines her upbringing in this coming of age story, and along the way it proves how things are never quite what we expected and always more complicated than they seem. Well-written and extremely highly rated, it gives you a glimpse into a life that may at once seem so similar and so different to your own. A good read!
Name: Hippie Boy: A Girl's Story
Rating: 4.5 stars over 70 reviews
Description: What would you do if your Mormon stepfather pinned you down and tried to cast Satan out of you? For thirteen-year-old Ingrid, the answer is simple: RUN.
Ingrid Ricks grew up in a dysfunctional Mormon family with an absent, freewheeling dad and an intensely religious mother who was desperate to ensure her family's eternal salvation. For years she yearned to escape the suffocating religion and poverty at home by joining her dad on the road as tool-selling vagabond. When her parents divorce and her mother marries Earl--a cruel authoritarian who exploits his Church-ordained priesthood powers to oppress her family--she finally gets her wish. At age thirteen, Ingrid begins spending her summers hustling tools throughout the Midwest with her dad and his slimy, revolving sales crew. He becomes her lifeline and escape from Earl. But when her dad is arrested, she learns the lesson that will change her life: she can't look to others to save her; she has to save herself.
Reviews: "I loved this story! I picked it up about 9 pm last night and couldn't put it down. Finally, at 12:45 am my husband made me go to bed. But it was the first thing I picked up again this morning (putting my own work on hold) and I read until I finished it. Hippie Boy is funny, sad, tender, and at times, completely infuriating, but, it is alway very, very real."
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