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Subject: The Girls Guide to Homelessness Date: 5/28/2011 4:58 PM
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I dearly LOVE my Kindle, but this is one of those times when I wished I'd bought this as an actual book, because that way I could resell the book and get a little of my money back.

I thought this book should have been entitled "The Girls Guide to Bad Choices." It really has very little to do with the realities of being homeless, and frankly I'm not sure that choosing an alternative living arrangement is tantamount to being homeless. Plenty of people choose to RV full time; they generally don't consider themselves "homeless." I've known people who camped on the beach for months who didn't consider themselves homeless.

I kept wanting to call her and ask her why she was spending her hard-to-come-by money on trips and other things, instead of socking a bit of cash away. I kept wanting to ask her why she didn't move someplace with a slightly cheaper cost of living than Orange County. I get why she chose not to live with family, but I thought the telling of her family story was melodramatic and over-the-top.

Finally, I didn't feel like this was very well written. Her work is, in my opinion, rife with cliches, and I just wonder how accurate her telling of some of these anecdotes really is. Judging from some of the things I've read today (which I wish I'd read before I bought this book, alas) there's some indication that this could be the "Million Little Pieces" moment of 2011.
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