homelessness

Oct 21, 2021

The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman is a devastatingly realistic look into the life of a homeless child. It tells a realistic story of abuse and homelessness, and yet also is a story of hope. The book is set in India, and follows the two main characters, young girls named Viji and Rukku as they run away from their abusive household and live alone on the streets. They meet other characters and try to survive the harsh life. The book is written as letters in flashbacks from an odd mixture of first person and second person perspective. It gives a unique insight on the characters and helps the

Oct 6, 2021

Phoenix, a 16 year old, and her mom Nina, live inside a van and steal to get by. Life seems normal to Phoenix until Nina takes them back to the hometown where Nina’s life had been ruined, Jasper Hollow. Nina wants to set the truth straight and let everyone know what had happened. With the help of her daughter, Phoenix, they will take down the man that had ruined their life. When Phoenix finds out information from the man that Nina hadn’t previously told her, she wonders if the life she had been living was a lie. Will Phoenix find out the truth? Read The Hollow Inside to find out!     


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The Pursuit of Happyness

By Chris Gardner
3
Rated by Melody M.K.
Sep 7, 2013

Chris Gardner and his toddler son spent a year living on the streets of San Francisco, in and out of shelters and run down hotels. All while working in the financial district to get a job that would provide them with enough to live on.


Ultimately, Chris becomes the Chief Executive of Gardner Rich & Company, a multimillion-dollar brokerage. Today, Chris is an avid philanthropist and motivational speaker.


Born in the south to a father he never knew, and a loving mother who was jailed twice by an abusive partner, Gardner not only survives, but succeeds, where so many with similar

Apr 19, 2012

Brooklyn, Burning is the story of a homeless teen named Kid who falls in love with another kid named Scout over the course of one glorious Brooklyn summer.  Unfortunately, Kid spent the previous summer head over heels for Felix, and after learning the painful lesson that loved ones leave, Kid is desperate not to fall in love again.  It doesn’t help that Kid is a prime suspect in a warehouse arson case.  Being a teenager with a family that rejects you is hard, but on the plus side, you can make your own family when blood fails.

Told in second person through a series of letters Kid writes to

One Good Dog

By Susan Wilson
5
Rated by Helen H.
May 29, 2010

Have you ever had one of those moments when you needed all of your willpower not to smack someone upside the head? One Good Dog is the story of what happens when one man’s willpower fails and someone does get smacked. The most important day in Adam March’s life begins with a failed alarm clock, only gets worse, and culminates with a furious slap to his secretary. Predictably, his career and personal life immediately unravel during the ensuing legal battles.  Left with nothing, Adam rents a run-down, one bedroom apartment near the homeless shelter where he is to fulfill one year of community

Mar 11, 2010

If The Manhattan Hunt club had a sub-title it would be “vigilante on vigilante justice”. When Jeff Converse stops to help a woman in the subway, she mistakes him for her attacker. He convicted of rape and sentenced to time in prison. Without giving too much away, he finds himself in the tunnels under Manhattan being hunted by vigilantes who are unhappy with the current justice system. While I found the story engaging, and was sufficiently creeped out at the prospect of absolute darkness while rats scurry around your feet, I wasn’t nearly as creeped out by the supernatural elements of Dean