SHORT OVERVIEW: (from Ms Ricks site)
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.
For years Ingrid has begged her free-wheeling dad to let her join him on the road as a tool-selling vagabond to escape the suffocating poverty and religion at home. When her devout Mormon mother married Earl―a homeless Vietnam vet who exploits the religion’s male-dominated culture to oppress and abuse her family―she finally gets her wish. Ingrid spends the next few summers living on the margins while hustling tools with her dad and his slimy, revolving sales crew. He becomes her lifeline and escape from Earl. But when he’s arrested, she learns the lesson that will change her life: she can’t look to others to save her; she has to save herself
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ingrid Ricks is a writer, dreamer, and teen mentor. She recently published FOCUS, a memoir about her journey with the blinding degenerative eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa and learning to see what counts as her vision has faded. The is also the author the coming of age memoir, HIPPIE BOY: A GIRL'S STORY, and a short memoir collection, A LITTLE BOOK OF MORMON (AND NOT SO MORMON) STORIES. REVIEWS: This is a true story, but when you read it, you feel like it is fiction. Very well written with much emotion.
HIPPIE BOY is a truly touching story where Ingrid tells of her experiences growing up in a dysfunctional Mormon house. She doesn't push the religion but what can happen in a religious society. The book is about a girl who finds herself; that she has her own power. She doesn't have to depend on others but just herself.
You expect HIPPIE BOY to be someone who enters her life and makes it all well but you will only know what HIPPIE BOY means when you read the book.
If you like or can relate to tales about relationships between daughters and their fathers, then this is definitely your read. The author, Ingrid Ricks, tells a very inspirational story, that inspires you to go on through the down trodden times. The book will make you go back and think maybe about what you have gone through or someone you know. Pick up the book, go to Ms. Ricks site and blog, and read about this marvelous writing of true life.
This is definitely a 5 STAR book.
I received a complimentary copy of HIPPIE BOY from the author, Ingrid Ricks, for this unbiased review.