Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir

Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir

by Janice Erlbaum
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Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir by Janice Erlbaum

At fifteen, sick of her unbearable and increasingly dangerous home life, Janice Erlbaum walked out of her family’s Brooklyn apartment and didn’t look back. From her first frightening night at a shelter, Janice knew she was in over her head. She was beaten up, shaken down, and nearly stabbed by a pregnant girl. But it was still better than living at home. As Janice slipped further into street life, she nevertheless attended high school, harbored crushes, and even played the lead in the spring musical. She also roamed the streets, clubs, bars, and parks of New York City with her two best girlfriends, on the prowl for hard drugs and boys on skateboards. Together they scored coke at Danceteria, smoked angel dust in East Village squats, commiserated over their crazy mothers, and slept with one another’s boyfriends on a regular basis.

A wry, mesmerizing portrait of being underprivileged, underage, and underdressed in 1980s New York City, Girlbomb provides an unflinching look at street life, survival sex, female friendships, and first loves.

“A fast and engrossing read in the spirit of Girl, Interrupted.”
–Entertainment Weekly

“Gripping . . . a wry, compelling memoir of what it means to stand up for yourself, especially when no one else will.”
–Bust

“How satisfying to watch Erlbaum survive adolescence and produce a smart, engaging book.”
–The New York Times Book Review

“Erlbaum’s survival is hard-won, the journey rendered with page-turning intensity.”
–New York Post

“A fast and engrossing read in the spirit of Girl, Interrupted.”
–Entertainment Weekly

“Gritty . . . perversely riveting. You want her to survive.”
–The Washington Post Book World

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812974560
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 574,723
Product dimensions: 5.23(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

Janice Erlbaum is a columnist for BUST magazine and a volunteer at a shelter for homeless teenagers. She lives in New York City with her boyfriend and their three cats. This is her first book.

Visit the author’s website at www.girlbomb.com.

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Girlbomb 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GIRLBOMB, is a scandalous story about a fifteen year old girl, named Janice, who walks out of her home after being disappointed and let down by her mother one to many times. After several attacks from Janice's abusive step-father, she finally gathers up the courage to leave, because she couldn't take the idea of her mother taking him back once again. Janice had no idea of where to go, and she ends up in a shelter for young homeless girls. She ends up jumping from one shelter to another, never truly feeling safe. Along her adventure she becomes involved in the wrong guys, who introduce her to some extremely dirty drugs, such as acid, ecstasy, and cocaine. Throughout this whole journey, Janice learns independence and what it truly means to be alone. This was a very eye-opening read; it surprised me that this is based on true events. It's hard to imagine a life like that, and Janice Erlbaum expressed her turmoil's in such detail. I liked this book, because in the end Janice really finds her true passion, and becomes totally independent. She in an insecure girl, but is bold and confident in her new love of writing. Janice overcomes a lot and comes to understand her true self. This is an easy read, but very descriptive. I would recommend this story to young teen girls who don't believe they can make it through the very worst of times, and also how drugs are not the way out, they only make things worse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given this book as a gift. I couldn't put it down. Quick,easy read. When I was finished I had to immediately go out & get the sequel.
c-furlow More than 1 year ago
Janice, an ordinary but mischievous teen is fed up with her abusive and cruel step- dad and her mother always taking him back. She knows the exact words that will come out of her mother's mouth when she breaks the news back to Janice that Dave is coming back to live with them. Finally Janice takes action and walks out of her normal life and walks right into the homeless life. For the next few months Janice jumps from shelter to shelter trying to make her life better. One of the main themes in this book is independence. Janice who is used to her parents supporting her with money and a place to stay has to get a job and fend for herself. Through the theme of independence one of the main messages to the readers is brought up; thankfulness. Although Janice did not have the greatest parents it makes the readers that much more thankful for their own guardians, seeing as they don't have it bad at all compared to Janice. One thing I liked about this book was it was very eye opening and made me a lot more grateful for my parents. This book highlighted the dangerous and unglamorous homeless life that I could've never imagined. A dislike about the book is all the drug references because it made it hard to relate to. I would recommend reading this book because it portrays the reality that some teens have to go through because their parents do not support them. I think this book will make people my age realize how great they have things compared to those who are less fortunate.
angela_herself More than 1 year ago
I always love reading about people and life experiences. This is a remarkably raw and real story of a teen girl forced into unfortunate circumstances and how she endured. This is a great read for teens and adults to take a good look at this aspect of family life and society.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.. I could not put it down, i read it everynight before i went to bed, for four nights.. I felt like it was actually me in her shoes, the one in the story.. I could read it over and over..!
hello_kitty More than 1 year ago
I don't know what to think about this book. It was an interesting topic about a young girl finding her way/herself through being in a halfway house, drugs and bad influences. But the one thing I have to note is that the writing is horrible. A lot of the descriptive words were repetitive and it just didn't seem complete. So I only finished the book because I always do, but it would of been better to just retire the book since you can already predict the ending.
Say-It-Again-And-Mean-It More than 1 year ago
All I have to say is that I LOVED THIS ENTIRE BOOK!!!
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Ashley Drakes More than 1 year ago
A book about a troubled teen doing drugs , homeless , etc . The details about her relationships could have been better tho .
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