Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir

☆ Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir ✓ Janice Erlbaum - Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir, Girlbomb A Halfway Homeless Memoir Just two hours ago I had been heating up some lentil soup at my mom s in Brooklyn thinking I d eat it and maybe read some Edith Wharton before bed Now here I was at a runaway shelter staring at a n ☆ Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir ✓ Janice Erlbaum - Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir, Girlbomb A Halfway Homeless Memoir Just two hours ago I had been heating up some lentil soup at my mom s in Brooklyn thinking I d eat it and maybe read some Edith Wharton before bed Now here I was at a runaway shelter staring at a n

  • Title: Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir
  • Author: Janice Erlbaum
  • ISBN: 9781400064229
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Hardcover
Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir

☆ Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir ✓ Janice Erlbaum, Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir, Janice Erlbaum, Girlbomb A Halfway Homeless Memoir Just two hours ago I had been heating up some lentil soup at my mom s in Brooklyn thinking I d eat it and maybe read some Edith Wharton before bed Now here I was at a runaway shelter staring at a nun s mustache and wondering where I was going to spend the rest of my adolescence At fifteen sick of her mom s spineless reactions to abusive men and afraid of her ☆ Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir ✓ Janice Erlbaum - Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir, Girlbomb A Halfway Homeless Memoir Just two hours ago I had been heating up some lentil soup at my mom s in Brooklyn thinking I d eat it and maybe read some Edith Wharton before bed Now here I was at a runaway shelter staring at a n

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Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir

About “Janice Erlbaum

  • Janice Erlbaum

    Janice Erlbaum is the author of two memoirs, GIRLBOMB A Halfway Homeless Memoir Villard, March 06 , and HAVE YOU FOUND HER A Memoir Villard, Feb 08 , and one novel, I, LIAR Thought Catalog Books, 2015 Her poetry and prose have been featured in anthologies including ALOUD Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Caf , THE BUST GUIDE TO THE NEW GIRL ORDER, THE BEST AMERICAN EROTIC POEMS FROM 1800 TO THE PRESENT, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHER S HANDBOOK The 826 National Guide to Writing Your Memoir, and VERSES THAT HURT Pleasure and Pain from the POEMFONE Poets.She was a contributor to BUST magazine from 1994 through 2007 Her work has been featured in Glamour, Redbook, Marie Claire, Elle, Elle UK, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, and New York Times Janice teaches memoir writing and has addressed audiences at colleges, coffee houses, and theaters across the East Coast She lives in her native New York City with her domestic partner, Bill Scurry, and their three cats.



803 thoughts on “Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir


  • One of the reviews of this book on the back cover has something to do with You can t help but pull for Janice throughout this book or something.It has something to do with rooting for the author.I disagree I feel bad for Janice at the beginning of the book because she genuinely feels unwanted and blah blah blah.And then she starts sleeping with a bunch of guys and doing a bunch of drugs and drinking a bunch of booze and just totally slips down this huge spiral of self destructive behaviors.I thi [...]


  • This book was recommended to me by a librarian I work with and I it took me awhile to really get into it but once I got through the fisr 50 pages I enjoyed it a lot It s the story of a girl who walked out on her mother when she was fifteen and lived in halfway houses for a year and a half or so The book is a memior so it s very raw Janice had a lot of problems with drug abuse and she was very free sexually Her friends stabbed her in the back but she wasn t the best friend either she had low self [...]


  • Erlbaum has a way of putting you into situations that make you completely uncomfortable You ll live vicariously through Janice and you will hate every second of it Her horrific anecdotes will literally make your bones ache with remorse.Told in a series of different sections, each section poses itself to a different reader If you have ever gone through anything bad in your life you ll be able to relate to Janice From being halfway homeless, to drugs, promiscuity, and even hopeless displays of dev [...]


  • The reason I bought this book was because there was pink fishnet on the cover and I thought that it was cool because I happen to like fishnets And I read the back of the book, just like anyone would do, and was surprised to find it would be a runaway drugs teenage girl story, and it was all true I figured that because of the pink fishnets it would be about some rebellious teenage girl with the influence of the Sex Pistols and other punk bands in her life.Whatever I was at Target and hadn t read [...]


  • On paper, girbomb sounds like it would hit all the marks for a Juliette Lewis loving recovering girl punk who fetishizes both the late 80 early 90s, particularly in NYC I count myself in this characterization as well as many others I know in reality I just felt Janice sounded like a bit of an asshole, especially when you heard about the sad stories, anger and misery faced by many of the other women in the shelter system and group home she stayed in As much as her home situation maybe wasn t idea [...]


  • If I had to choose one word to sum up this novel, wow would do the trick And to think this is a memoir, a true story Janice Erlbaum dealt with abuse, drugs, and casual sex, and somehow survived it in the end She was in a constant state of paranoia and self hatred Her life was a roller coaster of events some taking her high, on top of the world high others bringing her so low, leaving her seriously depressed or near death But she kept living her life the way she was, partying often and experiment [...]


  • A fantastically solid memoir intense and dark w out being depressing This book is filled with uncannily real accounts of the high school drug culture, but rather than making that the focus of the book, Janice Erlbaum makes it merely the backdrop a fascinating backdrop, nonetheless , whereas the focus of the book is really on her journey of unfortunate dysfunctional circumstances, typical and terrible, but often sympathetically so, adolescent choices, and finding a place of peace and strength in [...]


  • Amazing book, I loved it The beginning is a bit hard to get through and slower paced, but it s a great read Way to go, Janice Erlbaum.


  • Janice, a girl who fought for shelter every night since the age of fifteen, had to overcome many obstacles throughout her years on her own She had been beaten on the streets of New York and nearly killed multiple times Janice lived an unbearable home life before leaving at the hands of her creepy stepfather who was quick to raise his hand to her It was not a healthy environment for her to live in After running away, she was forced to become an adult overnight She had to provide for herself if sh [...]


  • Let me first encourage you to have your socks knocked off by Janice Earlbaum s Girlbomb I can t believe I d never heard of it before It s unputdownable and brilliant in that slightly voyeuristic account of a fucked up but really cool scenester adolescence it s basically Basketball Diaries for women, although Janice keeps far enough above water that her teenage depravity is not awkwardly unbearable, unlike in the Jim Caroll Janice is a teenager in New York in the eighties and she has all the drug [...]


  • Wow I was completely blown away by this memoir This is one of my favorite books I had no idea what to expect when I picked it up I got it at work from someone who was getting rid of some books and she just laid them out as a first come, first served style of giving them away I don t remember the date I began reading it it was April 2011 May 2011 I don t remember Regardless I thoroughly enjoyed reading this it turned out to be a great story, the kind of story that, afterwards, I came away feeling [...]


  • This book inspired the same kind of visceral reaction I felt while reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas namely, all of the drug use made me feel like I was going to hurl I remember those days and how shitty I felt all the time, and it made me think about that.Aside from the puke y feeling it inspired, I enjoyed reading it, as much as one can enjoy reading books about women and girls who are seemingly bent on self destruction I can see why it s a big hit with the Bust and zines crowd though, be [...]


  • oh, to be young in new york in the late eighties when all the coke you could ever want was just waiting for you in washington square park yet another tale of a girl gone bad, but written later in her life, so her self awareness is refreshing i found myself rooting for her to get her act together with the simulatenous dread that she was going to repeat those same mistakes endlessly i was usually right i hated her friends for her, i hated her stepfather, but i loved her poor mother, and i think j [...]


  • Erlbaum s gritty memoir of her high school years belongs to the same genre as Piece of Cake, A Million Little Pieces assuming hers is true and not enhanced , and so on Gritty, deeply depressing, Erlbaum s prose is vivid enough to leave the reader feeling hungover and strung out along with her Unfortunately, the endless waves of description of drugs, sex, and a small dose of rock n roll leave the reader wondering if the experience was worth it Erlbaum offers glimpses that the unending tide of sli [...]


  • I picked this up because I love memoirs, I was a teen in the 80 s and I did spend some time in NYC Girlbomb is a true story of a teenager in 1980s NYC that leaves home because her mother takes back her violently abuse spouse The author recreates that hectic life she has experienced in her mother s home while living in shelters and group homes It was fun to read, but I did have a problem with how her one night stands and serious drug abuse were basically revered There is no salvation at the end a [...]


  • What a life this woman had as a teenager Although I can t relate to anything she has gone through which is for the best , I still found the book interesting So much drugs, sex and craziness, I m glad to see she made it through alive barely at times She must be doing well today since she wrote this memoir and works with homeless teenagers now Thanks Morgan for letting me borrow it


  • This was such an interesting book and at times I caught myself wondering how it could be based on true events The main character Janice, who is also the author, did an amazing job keeping the reader interested Every time I started to read it I couldn t stop myself It gave me such a different perspective on a teenagers life and the hardships some of us go through I wish there was to read


  • I read this after Have You Found Her by the same author It s a quick read, the author s account of her years as a teenage runaway For those of us who still cringe at memories of high school trying to be popular, illicit drug use, and hooking up with guys we didn t care for may want to skip this book Otherwise, it was an enjoyable way to spend a snow day.


  • I had a hard time putting this book down, the author wrote in such an easy going manner I admire this author and hope to hear from her.


  • I had a hard time putting this book down, the author wrote in such an easy going manner I admire this author and hope to hear from her.


  • Janice Erlbaum wrote this amazing yet emotional book This book can make you feel good in some parts, but also really emotional at some parts Girlbomb is non fiction memoir about a 15 year old girl.This book is about a 15 year old girl named Janice who is sick of her home life, it s dangerous and she can t tolerate it any One day she was so sick of it that she left her families home and didn t look back, where she spent her first nights in a shelter She was beaten and almost got stabbed, but she [...]


  • 1 It took me awhile to read this book I m not sure why I enjoyed it I did But it just seemed like her life went in circles I found myself not caring about some of it Maybe it s because I had just read Dear Diary by Lesley Arfin and they were very similar Or maybe if Dave seemed worse than she described I would have cared 2 I always like reading things that are far removed from my reality I think reading about things that you aren t familiar with helps you grow as a person.3 Words I learned cast [...]


  • Not entirely sure how to feel about this memoir.It s a dry story with a lot of bad choices that aren t all that interestingly told She s not a very like able young person either At first you feel baden it seems she doesn t do her part I give her credit for writing about it though and putting it all out there


  • Interesting subject matter, but, weirdly, kind of a boring story I like Earlbaum s voice, but I think it s kind of hard to write your own experiences truthfully, while trying to write a story that s something people want to read I d be interested in reading some of her fiction stories, where she can take some of these experiences but twist them into better, interesting plots.


  • I wanted to read an example of a teenage rebellious different real life memoir, and this was a good model She talked about many things I had experienced, but felt she could have added about the NY environment and what was going on culturally and politically in the city and the rest of the world.


  • It s easy to judge Erlbaum s decisions from an outside perspective, but following her path definitely keeps you entertained An honest look at adolescence through the eyes of a troubled teen It s great to see her rise above her tribulations to produce such a down to earth and vivid recollection of her experiences.


  • Coming of Age story about troubled high schooler from NYC sex, drugs, drinking ends up moving out to shelter returns lives with boyfriend moves to own apartment Fast read but felt pointless at the end


  • What a crazy roller coaster ride this book is I cheer for Janice and worried for her and wanted to shake hermetimes all at once.


  • Janice Erlbaum has a unique way of showing you how to express your emotions I believe her purpose of this book is that is you have grown up in a troubled home or unstable and you still feel very uneasy about it you can really start to understand how to let it all out Reading this book you almost feel that you have relived your own painful and vivid times of your life It teaches you that just because an adult is an authority, they might not have in store what s best for you Janice uses her life i [...]


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