14 year old Ingrid “put on her favorite shorts and tank top…applied layers of mascara and eye shadow…dragged the card table and chair across the hotel parking lot and dad followed behind with a box full of wrench sets, screwdrivers and several sets of steak knives.”
This is an, intriguing, fascinating and heartbreaking look into a poor Mormon family and the toll it takes on an adolescent girl. When mom remarries, the evil step father, unemployed and “polluting her airspace with his rotten –hamburger breath” , is bent on ruling his new step family with an iron fist, sometimes literally.
Ingrid escapes during the summer traveling the southwest with her real Dad, an excommunicated Mormon & traveling salesman, always looking for the next big break, the one that will make him a millionaire. He calls Ingrid his “Hippie Boy” because of her long, shaggy hair.
“Hippie Boy” is a great tale of suspense and heartbreak. I was riveted. The story was so well told and the fact that I knew this story was true made it even more compelling. At least once during my read I had to PM the author to ask “Is this REALLY true?” Probably around the time that her step father tried to “get Satan out of her”.
A very nice juxtaposition between her real dad and the evil step dad.
There is a hostage situation, an arrest, a car accident, along with broken promises and some fulfilled ones too.
I highly recommend this book, which right now can be downloaded from Amazon for the Kindle & Barnes & Noble for the Nook.
Take my word for it – you’ll love it.Congratulations, Ingrid. you've inspired me to continue along with my own memoir.