Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid

Paperback | January 22, 2001

byEvelyn Lau

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Even as a six-year-old child, Evelyn Lau already knew what she would be in life—a writer. She would spend countless hours in her room writing short stories and poems trying to avoid the suffocating reality surrounding her. At the age of fourteen, forbidden by her strict parents to “waste” any more of her time writing, Evelyn did the only thing she felt she could do—she ran away.

For two years, Lau lived on the streets of Vancouver. For a while she embraced her new life, seduced by the sense of freedom and independence from the pressures of school and family. But like so many others before her, Lau soon fell into a dangerous spiral of drug addiction and prostitution. During her two harrowing years on the street, Lau’s writing ambition never left her; almost obsessively, she kept a written record of her days on the street; this record is Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid.

A bestselling memoir, Runaway is a story of survival: physical, emotional and psychological. It is at times tragic, sometimes infuriating, but always honest and inspired; Runaway makes no apologies and offers no solutions. It is a vivid and frightening portrait of a young girl’s life on the street.

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To become a writer, 14-year-old Evelyn Lau ran away from parents who thought it was a waste of time. Soon, her romantic notion of an independent life on the street turned into a nightmare of prostitution and drug abuse. A writer at heart, however, she managed to record her miserable journey in a diary and eventually write a book about ...

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Even as a six-year-old child, Evelyn Lau already knew what she would be in life—a writer. She would spend countless hours in her room writing short stories and poems trying to avoid the suffocating reality surrounding her. At the age of fourteen, forbidden by her strict parents to “waste” any more of her time writing, Evelyn did the on...

EVELYN LAU was born in Vancouver in 1971. She is the author of Fresh Girls and Other Stories, Other Women and Choose Me; and three collections of poetry: You Are Not Who YouClaim, which won the Milton Acorn Memorial PeopleÆs Poetry Award; OedipalDreams, which was nominated for the Governor GeneralÆs Award for Poetry; andIn the Hous...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:January 22, 2001Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Evelyn Lau- Runaway, the Diary of A Street Kid Book Review Runaway- the Diary of a Street Kid, written by Evelyn Lau is an outstanding book. This book was really enjoyable because she made her pain really vivid and graphic and she was easy to relate to. Even though at first it wasn’t a happy story it was really interesting and made me want to read more and more. The ending was great because it gives you hope for her future life experiences. Anyone from the age of 12 and up could read this book since it’s not full of inappropriate situations. Teenagers would be able to relate the most to her, as a reader, but adults would still be able to understand and would be able to enjoy her story too. This book isn’t really gender defined, even though it’s written by a female, men would still get what she was trying to say. This book deserves 5 stars, because it was well written and it’s so interesting. The format in which it is written is very original but thought-provoking. The content in the book is graphic in some areas but it’s not too offensive or too sexual. Evelyn also knows when to be descriptive, which helps the reader to be able to understand each problem or solution to their fullest ability. She was lucky, hopeful and determined and during the book you feel those emotions. She invests you in her life, and you get pulled in and want to finish reading as soon as possible. This review was just a small summary of Runaway- the Diary of a Street Kid and it’s just to inform anyone who was interested in reading a drama, or young adult book.
Date published: 2010-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended I have the uttermost admiration for Evelyn Lau because she had to struggle to get out of hooking and drug use. This book is very depressing but it's a reflect of a real human being's experiences, not a fictional character. As a non-white person growing up in Canada, I can understand the pressures that she had to conform to the society around her while trying to balance the messages that she got from home. There are no role models for people like us and there's often no one to talk to who can truly understand what it's like to be a visible minority, unless they have gone through the experience themselves. I think that's changing now, but that support wasn't available for minorities growing up in the 70s, 80s and early 90s. As for myself going through adolescent years, I have had a more poignant reaction to this book. Throughout her book, I kept feeling a profound, Man, she's only a fourteen years old! The book is a very moral book in that it shows the enormous damage that occurs to child prostitution, not to mention drug addiction, suicidal attempts and runaways.
Date published: 2003-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Runaway I envied Evelyn Lau because after I read her story and seen the episode on tv about how she struggled through alcohol and drugs. She reminded me about how much I, once wanted to be a writer because she inspired me. I hope in the further future that she'll write more.
Date published: 2001-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful work Evelyn!!! Runaway:Diary of a Street Kid is what I would call horrifically inspiring. Evelyn Lou has taken horrible experiences from her day to day life and turned them into beautiful pieces of writing, inspiring many. I encourage all people (who can handle Evelyn's once harsh reality) to pick up this book and read it to honour this great Canadian author!
Date published: 2001-02-21

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To become a writer, 14-year-old Evelyn Lau ran away from parents who thought it was a waste of time. Soon, her romantic notion of an independent life on the street turned into a nightmare of prostitution and drug abuse. A writer at heart, however, she managed to record her miserable journey in a diary and eventually write a book about her experiences. Runaway is her unapologetic, raw account of life on the streets.