Saturday, January 8, 2011

Under The Overpass Book Review

In the book "Under the Overpass:" Mike Yankoski gives us a very real look at what it is like to be homeless in the United States.

Mike and Sam found their beds under bridges and received handouts from strangers for five their own choice. This is their story, providing insight into the reality of street life.

Right from the first few pages it dew me in~

Twenty Minutes Past The World~
Real punches aren't as sharp and clean as Hollywood makes them out to be. They're much deeper, thicker. If you happen to hear them from close-up, the sound doesn't give you a rush of adrenaline. It makes your stomach sink.
The punches, screams, cursing, and kicking we witnessed that night in the park were real. The blood was real, too. It was another cold night in San Francisco ...
 It takes you right with them on the streets~digging in trash cans~sleeping with rats and trying to find a place to sleep for the night where they are not going to get kicked out.Or worse yet~someone try to steal their stuff or try to harm them. You see how churches are locked and they are looked down on everywhere they go if not only for their looks but also their stench. When you are living on the streets it is hard to find somewhere to wash up. It broke my heart to read to read this story as it is true that we do judge people by their appearance. And we choose to ignore them when we should maybe take a minute to smile and say hello. As I know that not all of them have may have not made the right choices in life but they are still human and have feelings too...

 Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers and the Blogging for Books program for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion!}

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