Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Portes’s chilling debut tracks a year-old Nebraska girl’s hard-going life on the road. Young Luli knows. 17 Apr The year-old narrator of Hick is headed down the wrong path in life, but it’s Andrea Portes’s debut novel, through her teenage protagonist. Actually it’s not Portes, but Luli McMullen, the narrator of Portes’ knockout – as in a right cross to the jaw – debut novel “Hick”(Unbridled Books, pages.

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No, hands poortes, raise your hands to the sky and praise tha lah-ord for scratching my literary itch. Jan 02, MomIsReading rated it it was ok. This book is brilliant and beautiful but made me feel like a bit of a pervert.

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I think if she was 16 or maybe even 15 I could’ve taken this a little better, gick being so young, and so well I’m innocent, it just really got to me. I’m now obsessed, I think. The narrative tropes in this coming-of-age novel are familiar, but Portes pulls back from ;ortes just when things get sticky. Now Eddie portrays himself as a hero and protector, as he takes on Luli after Glenda dumps her on him, and Eddie also ‘rescues’ Luli from a man in the ladies bathroom.

Eddie tells Luli that Lloyd and Glenda want to be alone, so he takes her to a bar. Alternately entertained, bored and disturbed. It feels so mean. The 10 Best Emily Dickinson Poems. The things that 13 year old Wow.

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She manages to get off by telling the bus driver that she needed to take her medicine and simulates an epileptic attack. Bob Dylan Larry Campbell. Buy it because you won’t be able to help yourself by marking and highlighting all the brilliant dialogue and narrative and you’ll need to read it twice. And way before that, inDid you ever see Freeway? Hick just tips the scale of my liking it podtes the fast wit and daring writing of Andrea Portes, as well as a few andeea of light that she injected into this otherwise depressing tale.

And then Glenda proceeds to leave Luli alone with Eddie for long periods of time in someone else’s house. I did have issues with the writing where it took me out of the story and made me question if a year-old can turn a phrase like Luli seems to do. Contrary to other reviews, I found the narrator’s voice to be authentic – in light of her upbringing.

Andrea Portes really knows her shit for this being a debut novel. Underneath hicl that white noise there’s a lack. View all 4 comments.

Beau then drives Luli to the bus station, her plan being to reunite with her own family. I highly recommend it. Hick is right in this tradition. Hick is filled with difficult themes: I may even like it more than Hick.


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Glenda comes to her rescue, but the confrontation with Eddie ends badly. Oprtes coming-of-age story centers on year-old Luli McMullen, who runs away from her ramshackle Nebraska home after being abandoned by her deadbeat parents and heads to Las Vegas. This isn’t a young adult book — no young adult should read this for fear that they’d think THIS is normal. I kept hoping it would redeem itself, it didn’t! Mark Twain didn’t make that mistake with Huck, and that’s one of the things that made that character so memorable and powerful.


I liked the grit and the voice, but that’s also an issue. What saved this book from being a one star: This book has “sequel” written all over it! Dec 30, Beth rated it liked it. However, her escape just leads her into more trouble and abuse.

Convert them into first person ruminations through the wild child mind of a hip middle aged thirteen year old. I absolutely loved this book. Be the first to discover new talent! Luli is always present whenever the eighth or ninth drink rolls around.