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Hick [Paperback]

Andrea Portes
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  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Unbridled Books; First Printing edition (May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932961321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932961324
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A simply great read! 28 Sep 2013
After watching the film 'Hick', I decided to give the book a read. And I have to say I wasn't disappointed, with both the film and the book. Andreas' debut novel is a fantastic first person account of 13 year old Luli's journey to reach the lights of Las Vegas, and the unfortunate perils she meets along the way, as she leaves behind the home life she despises. From the outset, I was hooked. The first person direction Portes has taken gives us such a vividly real look into the mind of Luli and how she discovers the America she's only seen in magazines and on television, and just how different it is from her expectations. This book should not be passed over if you get the opportunity to read it. Andrea Portes has created a fantastic read that I assure you, you will not be able to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 25 Aug 2013
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I read it in 2 days whilst abroad, was really interesting and it is one of those books that makes you want to keep on reading to find out what happens next. :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Great Debut 8 May 2007
By K. Landow - Published on Amazon.com
I loved this book. It's dark and gives you a lot to think about, even months after finishing it. Portes is a gifted writer and I can't wait to read more. Perfect for book groups--that is, book groups who like darker reads. If you like Virgin Suicides (the book, not the movie), read "Hick."
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I got something that's gonna throw me straight into the sun." 17 April 2007
By Luan Gaines - Published on Amazon.com
To be the child of two drunks at thirteen is to be an adult, aged by the need to survive the very parents charged with your well-being. Luli McMullen knows this drama inside-out, tired of being caught in the middle as her parents slowly self-destruct. In this paean to lost-between-the-cracks children, Luli tries to make sense of a chaotic life, her circumstances weighing heavily on too-slender shoulders. When both parents descend into the madness of alcoholism in a tortured marriage, the child exists on small fantasies and macaroni and cheese. And those are the good days. Everything is measured by the number of drinks consumed, violence escalating by the hour, until one day, her father driving into the sunset and her mother gone with yet another man, Luli takes their example and heads for the road. What she finds on her journey isn't much better than what she left behind, the world outside her door just as cold and uncaring.

Leaving Nebraska with her thumb in the air, the first ride Luli accepts is a challenge. Acting tough and provocative, the teen is soon booted to the curb, thinking it just as well, the driver, Eddie Kreezer, too close to crazy for comfort. Next Luli hitches a ride with the world-weary Glenda, a coke-sniffing hustler on a mission and a deadline she doesn't care to explain. While Glenda appears trustworthy, at least not as dangerous as other options, Luli becomes more wary with each passing day, unable to trust this woman's motives any more than her own mother's inconsistencies. Holding herself together with street-smart dignity, the child watches and waits, adapting to the needs of the moment; unfortunately, her best interests are never the issue, as Eddie Kreezer comes back into the picture, an associate of the enigmatic and blustery Glenda. Luli finds no purchase in this nether-world either, drawn into a sordid situation that rapidly spirals into violence.

Written from a teen's perspective, the young protagonist is her own best defender, a tough little survivor who sees early on that her life choices are limited by virtue of her birth. The cozy security most people take for granted is never a given in Luli's world. Even after the nightmarish road trip in search of a better life, head held high, the girl realizes the limitations she faces. Like the innocent, damaged girl in Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina, Luli refuses to be cowed by her experiences, at thirteen already measuring an uncertain future: "Maybe something happened somewhere along the way, something mean and unforgiving". Luan Gaines/2007.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best novel so far this year 15 May 2007
By Tony Dushane - Published on Amazon.com
i read about 6 - 12 novels per month depending on how many authors i need to interview....and then there are those precious moments when i can read a couple of novels for pleasure.

i was contacted by the publicist and sent this novel. i agreed to interview andrea, but only skimmed the synopsis of the book before agreeing to the interview since i like to read the book a couple of days before interviews to have it fresh in my mind.

the book completely blew me away. i'm so happy i wasn't too cool for school and blew off the interview or i never would've read this book. it's the best novel i've read this year.

i don't want to give any storyline away, but the voice of the pubescent female is nailed. flawless. it reads poetic, almost like a song.

i finished my novel where the narrator is a pubescent boy, and there were passages in here so amazing i seethed with jealousy for not thinking of them first.

do not not read this book. this is a spectacular debut.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner you will not be able to put down! 20 April 2007
By Effie Mayhew - Published on Amazon.com
Make sure you give yourself plenty of quiet time to read this one, you won't be able to put it down once you start. You'll think about this little girl and wonder about her long after you put the book down. A great read. I recommend 100%.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful 18 April 2007
By Rose Stanton - Published on Amazon.com
This is a novel you can't put down. It drives you to follow it even when you can no longer breathe. The resonance of Luli's voice will take you by surprise, the world she describes seen through her eyes darkly yet steely with wit. Luli will set up camp in your heart. A mirror for our times. A tragic, courageous and indomitable pursuit of the America just on the other side.
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