Hick by Andrea Portes

By Andrea Portes

Notwithstanding its first-person narrating voice is fast moving, strong and surely genuine, Hick is a debut novel. past this voice, what makes the booklet so notable is that, even if the entire worst issues that you can think of do befall this 13-year-old woman, she is rarely defeated by means of them. Luli continually fights again; she constantly resurfaces. Set as a coming-of-age novel, Hick tracks the true perils that smooth little ones so usually face. And it does so with shiny wit, power, and an indomitable spirit. this can be a publication that may seize the reader from the 1st web page and never allow cross. And it really is written through a lady who's turning into a cultural strength within the hippest components of la.

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He’s staring fixed into his 7 & 7. Seven for give up. Seven for make do. Not much left over. There’s no doubt in my mind that if he could dive headfirst into the ice-cube clinking whiskey pool dangling at the end of his fingertips, he would. If you threw Elvis and a scarecrow in a blender, topped the whole thing off with Seagram’s 7 and pressed dice, you would make my dad. He’s got tar black hair and shoulder blades that cut through his undershirt like clipped wings. He looks like a gray-skinned, skinny-rat cowboy and I would be lying if I didn’t say that I am, maybe sorta kinda, keep it secret, in love with him.

So, here they are, drink number seven and eight, and here’s Tammy, starting the show off with a bang. “Luli, you’re doomed, you know that. ” She’s leaning in, serious, trying to get it through my head that this is the most important thing I ever heard ever. The words are dragging the side of her lip down, clumsy and falling slurred. She leers tipsy at my dad. If she could find a way to take back time by slicing up pieces off her husband, if she could turn his skin inside out and get a rebate, then she would cut and cut and not stop cutting until she’s deep into the bone and even then.

Tammy comes barreling down the staircase, pushing me aside, and I can tell she’s about to do something worse but then she sees Mr. Feld and it’s like she turns from a moth to a butterfly in two seconds flat. She straightens up and tightens her robe around her, fluffing her hair up and smiling pretty. “Why, Mr. Feld. Whatever in the world are you doing here at this hour of the day, of the morning, I mean? ” “it’s actually eight, Mrs. ” He looks at her kind of funny when he says her name, like there’s a little joke here they got between them.

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