Runaway Girl Escaping Life On The Streets

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In the beginning of Runaway Girl, Carissa, a second grader, is thrown out the house by her stepfather, Steve. Her mother, who watched, never checked to see if she was okay. (Phelps & Warren 2012, 3). The beginning was only the first part of her struggles of her life. When her mother and Steve were married, Carissa had to live with not just her blood related brothers and sisters, but her step brothers and sisters as well. There were eleven of them, plus her mother and Steve, in a house not fit for thirteen people. Carissa felt like she was not supposed to be part of her family and wanted to leave. (Phelps & Warren 2012, 6). Before the chaos of a new family, her mother was married to her biological dad. She explained how life was different and less chaotic. Their family was Jehovah witnesses but her dad wasn’t really a part of it. His refusal to be a part of this religion and the mother feeling more superior ended their marriage. (Phelps & Warren 2012, 10-11). When Carissa turned ten, the family moved to Coalinga where Steve purchased a new place for them to stay. She started school but ended up being disobedient towards the staff. She was also distant from her family; never around for the most part. (Phelps & Warren 2012, 16-17). During the summer, she started her menstrual cycle and started wearing makeup; her family saw her as a different person.(Phelps & Warren 2012, 33). On her birthday, she was going to have a real birthday party but instead she went to a strangers house, gave the birthday money to him, and he brought back alcohol. After that incident she stayed at her friend Zizi’s house, but didn’t tell her mother where she was. When her mother found her, she was grounded until she turned eighteen. (Phelps & Warren 2012, 35). After being fed up with her punishment, Carissa ran away. She ended up going to a party where there was drinking. This incident started the cycle of her skipping class, running away from home more frequently. (Phelps & Warren 2012, 39-40). She was put on probation and her mother was so fed up that she dropped her off at a group home. That didn’t stop Carissa from running away. She continued and kept being placed in different group homes. (Phelps & Warren 2012, 42-43). One night her life changed; she met Flanco. He ended up raping her in a motel and she felt disgusted. (Phelps & Warren 2012, 59). Attempting to get away from the motel, she ran into Natara and Icey; he was a pimp and she was a prostitute. He ended up raping Carissa and she fell into the life of prostitution. This was her life for a while until Icey was arrested and she was sent to another group home. (Phelps & Warren 2012, 60-83). She kept running away until she ended up in C.K. Wakefield School for Boys. Her life changed when she met Ron, Mrs. W. ; staff members. They got her back into going to school and changing her life. (Phelps &Warren 2012, 110-143). After many setbacks, she graduated high school, went to a community college, and got a summer job....

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