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Publisher Description

“Riveting . . . A genuinely important book that casts the problem of sex trafficking in America into stunning, heartbreaking relief.” (Kirkus Reviews)
 
A School Library Journal Best Adult Book for Teens
A Joan F. Kaywell Award Finalist from the Florida Council of Teachers of English
 
Carissa Phelps was a runner. By the time she was twelve, she had run away from home, dropped out of school, and fled blindly into the arms of a brutal pimp. Even when she escaped him, she could not outrun the crushing inner pain of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. With little to hope for, she expected to end up in prison, or worse. But then her life was transformed through the unexpected kindness of a teacher and a counselor. Through small miracles, Carissa accomplished the unimaginable, graduating from UCLA with both a law degree and an MBA. She left the streets behind, yet found herself back, this time working to help homeless and at-risk youth discover their own paths to a better life. Like the multimillion-copy bestseller The Glass Castle, this memoir moves us through the power of its unflinching candor and generosity.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2012
July 5
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
1.3
MB

Customer Reviews

Smurfalicious123 ,

Amazing

Simply amazing. The courage and strength shown is purely awe inspiring. An encouraging story for so many reasons. Kudos Carissa for your strength, beauty, courage and determination.

amber ccfn ,

This woman has changed my life

I have had the honor of meeting this woman and when I saw was an amazing and courageous woman. She gives me hope and strength and every day that I think that I can't get up and make it I think of her and I know I can thank you Carissa

AnnnnnaG ,

Amazing book!!!

A must read. I couldn't put the book down. Its an amazing story. I really felt Carissa's pain and went through all the emotions with her. So happy that she has come this far and can now help others. :)