Monday, January 20, 2014

Hippie Boy, A Girl's Story

Hippie Boy, A Girl's Story
Ingrid Rick
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade; Reprint edition (January 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425274004

Idgie Says:
This is a memoir but it does read like a fictional story most of the time, which makes for a nice flow in the pages.  Memoirs are often choppy and abrupt, or overly rambling.  Ingrid does a nice job with this.  An interesting story of a family with a deeply religious Mormon mother at war with and divorced from a father who has been denounced by the Mormon Church for his non-conforming behavior, and how this affected the lives of Ingrid and her 4 brothers and sisters.  An interesting look behind the scenes of  a "traditional" family and how religion can tear it apart.  This book could be based off of any religion, not necessarily just the Mormon one. 

Book Description:
Discover the unforgettable New York Times bestselling memoir about growing up in a dysfunctional Mormon family--and finding escape, adventure, and hard-earned wisdom on the road...

What would you do if your stepfather pinned you down and tried to cast Satan out of you? For thirteen-year-old Ingrid, the answer is simple: RUN.

For years Ingrid Ricks yearned to escape the poverty and the suffocating brand of Mormon religion that oppressed her at home. Her chance came when she was thirteen and took a trip with her divorced dad, traveling throughout the Midwest, selling tools and hanging around with the men on his shady revolving sales crew. It felt like freedom from her controlling mother and cruel, authoritarian stepfather—but it came with its own disappointments and dysfunctions, and she would soon learn a lesson that would change her life: she can't look to others to save her; she has to save herself.