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Because we didn't get personal, that's just how it was. In the vein ofThe Glass Castle, Breaking Night is the stunning memoir of a young woman who at age fifteen was living on the streets, and who eventually made it into Harvard.
Murray's father had a gift for irony and an appetite for books stolen from the libraryand a talent for fishing second-hand treasure from rich people's rubbish bins. The book really reads like a novel. Really, just beat me over the head with this, why dontcha. My brain is spinning as I think of what to write for this review. There is shame attached to the comfortable process of reading at another's expense.
The best memoir I've read in a while! When Liz's mother died of AIDS, she decided to take control of her own destiny and go back to high school, often completing her assignments in the hallways and subway stations where she slept. I feel empowered to help after reading this book and I thank Liz Murray for sharing her amazing story with us.
Back on Nineteenth Street [at the new school], I asked April to give me a copy of my blank Prep transcripts, which was a simple printout of my name on Prep stationery and rows of blank columns waiting to be filled by my future grades.
Yet wisely, she never attempts to suppress just how boring drug addicts are. Even though I knew from the title how it would turn out, the book was gripping and full of adventure?
Breaking Night 1 1 Apr 29, Share your thoughts with other customers. It is already a bestseller in the US and one can see, at a glance, that it will appeal to the market that has made nnight of its more abject rivals — Dave Pelzer's A Child Called "It" and all its gruelling successors the genre could be dubbed: See all free Kindle reading apps.
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Lastly, the story is about the power of friendship and believing in yourself, which I am beginning to learn are the most important things in one's life. I downloaded this book to learn more about the homeless culture as a future therapist.
Whenever i feel like not studying, procrastinating and blaming the situation, I'd think of Liz and her strength against all the odds in life so far. It has inspired me to never let a bad grade or criticism bring me down.
It is very engrossing and an inspirational must-read. The pace was fast, the writing beautiful and the story line became a page-turner. This is not her fault — drugs rob people of character, blur their edges.
The imagery Liz created was so real, especially her description of hunger as a young child. I'm not sure how much of my disbelief stemmed from nighh difficulty absorbing Liz's childhood circumstances and how much of it was actual disbelief, especially that Liz could remember conversations and events from earliest childhood in such great detail.
She gave blow-by-blow accounts of how these went down. If I kept at it, slowly, I could do this. By the age of nine she wasn't attending sch Call me jaded, but these days it's a rare book that can so capture me that I can't put it down.
Eventually, Murray decided to take control of her own destiny and go back to high school, often completing her assignments in the hallways and subway stations where she slept. This book broke my heart! Through hard work, determination, hope and the help of others, both girls are able to break the cycle and move on with their lives.
In Homeless to Harvard, the reason that Liz didn't go to school was because she didn't feel right in leaving her mother, who had AIDS, alone. It niyht not disappoint!
At the age of 14, Liz decides it is better to be homeless than stay in her piz living situation or return to "the system".