Jacksonville Public Library

Runaway girl, escaping life on the streets, one helping hand at a time, Carissa Phelps with Larkin Warren

Label
Runaway girl, escaping life on the streets, one helping hand at a time, Carissa Phelps with Larkin Warren
Language
eng
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
resource.biographical
autobiography
Index
no index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Runaway girl
Nature of contents
bibliography
Oclc number
755904463
Responsibility statement
Carissa Phelps with Larkin Warren
Sub title
escaping life on the streets, one helping hand at a time
Summary
In this book is a story of triumph and a fierce determination to give back. The author was a runner. By twelve, she had run away from home, dropped out of school, and fled blindly into the arms of a brutal pimp, who made her walk the hard streets of central California. But 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. Miraculously, by the time she turned thirty, she had accomplished the unimaginable, graduating from UCLA with both a law degree and an MBA. She had left the streets behind, yet her path would eventually draw her back, this time working to help homeless and at-risk youth find their own paths to a better life. This is her own story, the tale of a girl who lost herself and survived, against all odds, through the generosity of strangers. It is an inspiring true story about finding the courage to run toward healing and summoning the strength to light the way for others