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Hick [Paperback]

By Andrea Portes (Author)
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Tired of going hungry while her parents get drunk and fight, thirteen-year-old Luli, who has just discovered the power of her sexuality, leaves Palmyra, Nebraska, for Las Vegas, Nevada, to find a "sugar daddy," and soon meets two grifters who use her while teaching her how to get by.Tired of going hungry while her parents get drunk and fight, thirteen-year-old Luli, who has just discovered the power of her sexuality, leaves Palmyra, Nebraska, for Las Vegas, Nevada, to find a "sugar daddy," and soon meets two grifters who use her while teaching her how to get by.

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Foreseeing a hopeless future in barrooms and parking lots, cagey 13-year-old
Luli McMullen bolts headlong from the heartland, aiming at Las Vegas where
she expects to find herself a sugar daddy.
Almost immediately, crooked-bodied Eddie Kreezer, a roving obsessive with a violent
streak, and a fading but lovely grifter named Glenda begin to do battle for Lulis
head and heart.
On their perilous journey westward, Luli is introduced to drifters, lowlifes, strippers,
speed freaks, gold-diggers, and a Libertarian with a dog named Karl. Along the
way, she learns the truth of American rootlessness and discovers both the power
and the peril of her own sexual curiosity.
Part coming-of-age story and part raggedy picaresque, Hick leads us at a blinding
pace down broken roads through a world that seems to this extraordinary and
indomitable young girl dangerously uncharted.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   245
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.84 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2007
Publisher   Unbridled Books
ISBN  1932961321  
ISBN13  9781932961324  

Availability  0 units.

More About Andrea Portes

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Andrea Portes is the bestselling novelist of the critically lauded adult novel, Hick. The book was her debut and has since been made into a feature film starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Alec Baldwin, Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne, and Juliette Lewis. Bury This, her second novel, was published in January 2014 by Soft Skull Press. Anatomy of a Misfit is her third novel, and her first for young adult readers.

Andrea grew up shuffled around between such disparate locales as Nebraska, Brasilia, Texas, Rio de Janiero, Baltimore, North Dakota, California, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. Finally, Andrea was granted relief from this nomadic existence when she was accepted to Bryn Mawr College. She attended on full scholarship and later graduated cum laude, with a major in English literature. She then earned her master's in fine arts degree from UC San Diego.

After her relentless education, Andrea moved to the neighborhood of Echo Park in Los Angeles, where she spent years mostly getting into trouble. It was in this period of vague nothingness that Andrea penned her debut novel, in longhand in three notebooks. Currently, she lives in the neighborhood of Los Feliz, in Los Angeles.

Andrea Portes currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Hick?

I'm not a HICK but I really liked this book :)  Nov 14, 2007
I'm not much of a reader honestly, but I really loved this book! The author really has a way with word play that I really like. This is an example of one of my favorite exchanges from the book that gives you an idea of what I'm talking about.

"Well, I don't see how that's any of your business...and the name's not Mister, it's Eddie. Eddie Kreezer." "I smile and make a bashful act, bending over myself, trying to let him sneak a peek at my newfound bubbles, hoping for a free ride. I figure I can turn his none-of-your-business into Las Vegas with a little bit of sugar."

Seeeeeeeeeeee. I love that! Well written and a VERY solid debut from young Miss Portes. I zipped through this book in 2 days and I imagine that you'll do the same. Pick this one up, I highly recommend it!
Pop. Pop. Pop. Boom.  Nov 14, 2007
Andrea Portes has created an unforgettable narrator with an extraordinary voice. Luli is talking a mile a minute even if most of the talk is in her head as she recounts her life and makes big plans. Luli has been looking out for herself from day one because goodness knows no one else has been. The opening scenes in the Alibi as her parents and the other regulars drink the night away are unforgettable as they proceed from drink one on down the list and she describes each stage and gives advice to the reader. Luli knows exactly where they are going and it is no place good. Her powers of observation and her foul-mouthed analysis are diamond sharp and totally engaging. Luli talks tough, she's witty, she's brilliant, she's bumping along and then something happens or is said that reminds you that she is only 13 and your heart breaks. The encounter with Clement is a terrific piece of economical writing that digs that scalpel into your heart. Luli would have every reason to be a bitter, whiny, mess sitting in a corner somewhere, but this mess is rolling on down the road.
Inspiring story of coping and hope  Oct 24, 2007
I read Hick in one sitting. It wasn't that the plot had me in suspense (it moved along just fine), but that the writing is so vivid and fresh, I never felt like putting it down. Every line is smart. There's no fat here... no boring descriptions of the scenery to skim over before getting to the action. In fact, I often found myself rereading sections and was even tempted to pull out the highlighter and start marking the best parts.

Though some described this book as dark, the main character Luli maintained a hopeful, practical attitude throughout, which set the tone of the book. She was constantly adapting and making the most of her situation, even in the face of bad circumstances. She never adopted a "poor me" mentality and was not a victim but a survivor.

The one doubt I had was that Luli's voice is a little too wise for a 13 year old. But then I think back to when I was 13, and I can see how a smart girl with no shelter from adult issues would have an older way of thinking. Actually, her naivete about sex was a little out of character for someone who grew up in bars, surrounded by domestic disputes. And, she sometimes seemed to know more about drugs than at other times. I don't think these attempts at naivete were needed. Luli's childlike innocence showed in her literal and honest descriptions of people and places.

Overall, this is an entertaining, thought-provoking, and uplifting piece of work... a real treasure from a first-time author! It's well worth a read!
The writing almost too good: you stop turning the pages to reread!  Aug 12, 2007
I started reading Hick on a flight and resented arriving to my destination because I wanted to continue reading. The narrator takes you back to an America you may or may not know personally, but makes you feel at home there. And she takes you to places which are entirely uncomfortable as well, though with a resigned and non judgemental voice which has the effect of drawing you in even more to Luli's journey. The book is captivating. The metaphors, descriptions, and in your face foreshadowing are so well written that I often found myself saying "good one" and rereading just for the pleasure of it, before turing to see what jems the next page offered. I look forward to Ms. Portes next book.
Interesting Read  Aug 9, 2007
This book was very interesting to read. I have 14 year old daughters, and am always trying to gain some perspective on them. Although the story is told in the first person perspective of the child, the words and language and ideas are those of a much older person. This made the story a little less believable, but no less entertaining. I would recommend this book to those with an interest in how life is different for those who make bad choices.The Glass Castle: A Memoir

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