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A Place Called Home

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I don’t know why I’m not seeing this book all over but it’s a shame. This book is incredible. If I could give it 100 stars, I would.

It’s a deep, personal memoir about the author growing up homeless, abused by his mentally ill mother, and eventually in the foster care system. (Given the subject matter, proceed with caution. It’s dark and brutal. It is HARD. Reader, know thyself.) He talks about his personal experiences in the foster care system, particularly how LGBT+ kids are treated (the author himself is gay), and his fight for reform. It’s hard and heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful.

Part memoir, part social justice, this book is powerful and SO important. I will be thinking about this book for a LONG time. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
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So heartbreaking, but ultimately so inspiring.  How do some people rise above it all?  What did David have that others don’t?  How do some people rise from poverty and foster care, and some sink further into despair?
Of course we don’t have the answers.  Such a well written account of a horrible beginning and rising above and beyond.
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Books like Ambroz’s A Place Called Home are so important but disappointingly lack the publicity they rightfully deserve. Memoirs, such as this, help raise awareness for major human rights issues. Ambroz’s account includes homelessness, poverty, the foster care system, mental health issues, LGTBQ+ rights, and much more. The author deftly discusses each of these issues and even promotes reform. I love that the author provides real solutions to the problems included in his book particularly in the Afterward. 

I could tell that this memoir must have been incredibly difficult for the author to write. I felt a myriad of emotions with each chapter I read. Mainly, this book made me feel a great deal of sadness and heartbreak. However, Ambroz’s story caused me to feel a surge of hope as well. So many children in this country alone are facing one or more of the human rights issues brought up in this memoir. The author overcame that suffering and flourished in his adulthood. With a little bit of help, other children may be saved from this cruel suffering and grow up to become healthy, successful adults like Ambroz. 

I urge everyone to go out and read this book especially policy makers and others who have the power to make the necessary changes.
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