Amanda LaPera

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Book Review: Ingrid Ricks' HIPPIE BOY

Posted by Amanda LaPera on January 24, 2012 at 3:30 AM

Review of Ingrid Ricks’ Hippie Boy

By Amanda LaPera

I’m into true stories and well-written memoirs that give me a glimpse into a life unlike my own. Hippie Boy by Ingrid Ricks is a gripping story that pulled me in from page one. Her adventures with her father are anything but carefree, as much as her character initially believes. It takes a crisis for her to come to this understanding.

The author’s rich descriptions bring the characters to life. With her vivid imagery and attention to details, I feel like I get to meet her characters in person. The three-dimensional pictures she paints of her mother, father, and herself are realistic, complex, and intriguing. The well-thought out plot sequence and believable dialogue keep the story moving forward. The pacing is fast enough to keep me interested, with enough breathing room to allow me to gather my thoughts and reflect.

In summary, the beginning scene had me hooked. The ending left me satisfied. The rest of the story delivers as promised, a modern bildungsroman that brings you along for a wild ride. Overall, it was a satisfying read, fast, fun, and straightforward. I will definitely be adding this memoir to my list of recommended books.

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