Released 10th December 2012
Running away from her past, Elisa finds herself homeless in Hawaii. The streets aren't what they seem though and cops make her stay in Homeless Park. She's only seventeen and with a man she hardly knows. They must work together if they're going to survive as street musicians. They might be in paradise, but even there, Elisa's past will find her and make her face an uncertain future.
This is the third book in E.C. Stilsons trilogy of memoirs. The first being 'The Golden Sky', which told the tragic death of her son. The second, a prequel to that book was called 'Bible Girl and the Bad Boy' and now there's this one.
While for some, three autobiographies may seem a little bit like over kill, here it works because Stilson has been through a hell of a lot in her relatively short life and each of the books puts their focus on each separate part of her life.
'Homeless In Hawaii' follows her adventures with her boyfriend Cade as they run away together to get married. Finding that she isn't old enough to marry yet, even in Hawaii, they set about busking to make ends meet.
With nowhere to live and living on the donations of strangers, their relationship really takes a hit. Yet through all the hardship they go through, they start to fall in love all over again.
What we have here is a beautifully written and heartfelt memoir about love overcoming everything that the world can throw at the young couple. The relationship between the two of them isn't sugar coated or made out to be perfect. It's written here 'warts and all' as the saying goes.
Stilson has an easy writing style that absolutely hooks the reader in to wanting to see just what is going to happen next. It's not all about doom and gloom however. Even when things are going majorly wrong for them, the stories are told with a warm love and humor. In fact, there were many times where on one page I was crying at how sad events were but then the very next page I was laughing like crazy.
I also loved how the book was set out, with little drawings above the chapter titles. On the risk of sounding like an old man, you don't really get that very often with books these days so I thought that was a really nice touch.
All in all, this was an absolutely gorgeous, heartfelt and very funny memoir. It really goes to show that no matter what life throws at you, you can get through it all with just a little bit of determination and A LOT of stubborness. It manages to do all of that without sounding preachy once and with a great sense of humor under it all.