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What can you get with $25 and a dream?
Adam Shepard graduated from college feeling disillusioned by the apathy around him and was then incensed after reading Barbara Ehrenreich's famous work Nickel and Dimed—a book that gave him a feeling of hopelessness about the working class in America. He set out to disprove Ehrenreich's theory—the notion that those who start at the bottom stay at the bottom—by making something out of nothing to achieve the American Dream.
Shepard's plan was simple. With a sleeping bag, the clothes on his back, and $25 in cash, and restricted from using his contacts or college education, he headed out for Charleston, South Carolina, a randomly selected city with one objective: to work his way out of homelessness and into a life that would give him the opportunity for success. His goal was to have, after one year, $2,500, a working automobile, and a furnished apartment.
Scratch Beginnings is the earnest and passionate account of Shepard's struggle to overcome the pressures placed on the homeless. His story will not only inspire readers but will also remind them that success can come to anyone who is willing to work hard—and that America is still one of the most hopeful countries in the world.
Let me preface this review with saying that I don't typically write reviews for books that I give 1 or 2 stars because I don't like having to give a book this low of a rating. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very interesting year in the life. I found I well written and insightful. Kudos to Adam Shephard. He put himself out there into America's abyss and the reader is rewarded.Published 28 days ago by Maizenblue
...Therefore, 4 stars.
I like what the author did. I think it's a step in the right direction. Read more
This young man did something that used to be expected. Work hard, work your way up in the job or go on to other, better jobs, watch your money and be patient. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JCM
This is an inspirational read for everyone. I realize that homelessness is often a result of mental illness and substance abuse issues so Adams experiences don't apply to everyone. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jpop
Partly in response to Nickel and Dimed, a book about not making it in America, Adam shows that optimism, hard work and a little bit of luck can propel anyone to being able to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Guyzen
I have to give the kid two stars for trying. But his ultimate bootstrapping argument is not relevant for people who don't come from his background. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Anna Kaufman
This is a fabulous premise for a book, but I think that it was poorly executed. It could have been an excellent study of the system and the people stuck in it, but in the end it... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Angela Jones