Hippie Boy by Ingrid Ricks
A Girl's Story -- A Memoir

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One wishes she'd been able to provide perspective on how she survived and what she thinks of it now. It makes for a litany of trouble and abuse that's well written and heartbreaking but ultimately not very revealing or empowering.
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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.
 
 

About Ingrid Ricks

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Ingrid Ricks started her career as a journalist, spent fifteen years as a marketing/PR consultant and is now embracing her writing/mentoring dream full-time. She is the author of Hippie Boy: A Girl's Story, a coming-of-age memoir; FOCUS, a memoir about her journey with the blinding degenerative eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa; and A Little Book of Mormon (and Not So Mormon) Stories, a collection of short autobiographical stories. Through her partnership with high school English teacher Marjie Bowker, Ingrid recently helped at-risk teens publish their personal stories in a powerful collection titled We Are Absolutely Not Okay: Fourteen Stories by Teenagers Who Are Picking Up the Pieces. That project has led to the launch of WeAreAbsolutelyNotOkay.org, a web site devoted to helping teens connect with other teens through personal storytelling. Ingrid lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters. When not writing, working with students, or leading seminars focused on embracing the moment, she can be found accompanying her family to soccer games, ice hockey games, or the beach. She also enjoys hanging out at her neighborhood jazz club or alternating between her two favorite coffee shops. For more information, visit ingridricks.com.
 
Published August 13, 2013 by Berkley. 305 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Young Adult. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Nov 04 2013

In clear, graceful prose and in a voice that is refreshingly authentic, Ricks tells an uplifting story of heartbreak, hope and self-salvation.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Feb 03 2014

One wishes she'd been able to provide perspective on how she survived and what she thinks of it now. It makes for a litany of trouble and abuse that's well written and heartbreaking but ultimately not very revealing or empowering.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Various on Jun 10 2013

Ricks’ writing is powerful and evocative. Her detailed and revealing descriptions get to the core of her characters and the story,

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