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Hick by Andrea Portes

Adam Perryman, September 30, 2007

For a premiere novel, Andrea Portes offers a sullied and retrospective look of a thirteen year-old girl from Nebraska that I image would echo the longings held by many other 13 year-old Nebraska girls. Not being one myself, the writing is mostly solid enough to convince me that Vegas would seem a better living than the Midwest.

In particular focus was Chapter Seven, which makes for a quality, stand-alone short story. Few times has this reader enjoyed reading of a teacher-character’s good intentions that run into the honesty of living among “simple folk” as described here. A wonderful passage.

(Be)Sides for the use of some five-dollar words (dissecting, italic) that are unconscionably mingled among the penny-ante profanity and auction-worthy philosophy of Luli McMullen's pubescent narrative, Hick readers will find a reflection of their own rural American upbringing, should they have had one or not.
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