Hick is the story of Luli Moretz , a bright kid from a hick town whos had enough and strikes out on her own with some borrowed cash, a. On the road, Luli is taken under the wing of a glamorous young grifter named Glenda Lively , who has experienced worlds barely imaginable to Luli. As the two make their way across the American landscape, they encounter a captivating and dangerous young man named Eddie Kreezer Redmayne , a disturbing criminal subculture, and some hard truths about what it means to be a young woman on the run, grasping at a future. Though its first-person narrating voice is fast-paced, powerful and unquestionably authentic, Hick is a debut novel. Beyond this voice, what makes the book so extraordinary is that, although all of the worst things imaginable do befall this year-old girl, she is never defeated by them.
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Oh, you got to see Freeway! Reese Witherspoon gives her all time best performance as Vanessa Lutz, teenage daughter of a couple of rural junkies, just another in a long line of wild American girls who go looking for trouble and find it real quick. Heres a flavour of the Vanessa Lutz experience: That was More recently we have encountered 16 year old Lili Hobart, played by the weird, horribly compelling Juno Temple, in Little Birds.
And way before that, in , Did you ever see Freeway? And way before that, in , we had the fabulous Holly in Badlands played by Sissy Spacek: Hick is right in this tradition.
The raw materials for this novel are therefore not the problem. Will it be with this creep? Or that one? He stares at me for what seems like two weeks. But : Jackson is a place for rich people. They saunter round the rickety walkways and Wild West overhangs making everything look old-timey and fake. The rich people promenade around. Not a 13 year old word. So to summarise : a little too much of that and not enough of this.
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The novel opens with a typical night for Luli: a bar fight between her parents escalates into near-violence, and Luli is haphazardly shuffled between the two. She eventually has no other choice than to hitch a ride home with the bartender, who is twice her age and ends up sticking his tongue down her throat. Her home life, we soon learn, proves just as tumultuous, exacerbated by her bleak reality of growing up poor in rural Nebraska. After a particularly bad episode involving her drunken father and estranged mother, Luli opts out, She leaves Nebraska to begin anew in Vegas, a place that appears filled with infinite possibility and opportunity: the exact opposite of her current situation. Luli, not your average teenager, ably scrutinizes the world around her. Instead of feeling ashamed about her poor lot in life, she owns it, takes responsibility for it, and sets about making things at least somewhat right.
Hick by Andrea Portes