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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.

Review:

"Portes's chilling debut tracks a 13-year-old Nebraska girl's hard-going life on the road. Young Luli knows losers — her 'aging Brigitte Bardot' mother, Tammy, and her father, Nick, go at each other every night at the Alibi, the watering hole in hometown Palmyra, Neb. Tammy runs away one morning, and Nick soon follows, leaving Luli alone at home with the Smith and Wesson .45 her Uncle Nipper gave her. Pistol in tow, she hitches rides heading west to Vegas. A crooked man (literally; he 'looks like an italic,' says smart-alecky Luli) named Eddie picks her up briefly before throwing her out of the car. Next comes cocaine-snorting grifter Glenda, who enlists Luli as an accessory to a robbery that goes awry. Glenda takes Luli under her wing. The two cross paths again with Eddie, who rapes Luli and ties her up in a secluded motel. Glenda comes to her rescue, but the confrontation with Eddie ends badly. Luli's flippant narration makes for a love-it or hate-it read." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"A bracing drama, a study in tenacity against the gnarled teeth of domestic storms." The Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Luli's determinedly breezy narrative voice can be grating, but it also generates sympathy." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

This fall, the film festival circuit will be introduced to the indomitable Luli McMullen in Hick, the new film made from the acclaimed novel by Andrea Portes, who also adapted the screenplay. The film—directed by Derick Martini—stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Blake Lively and Eddie Redmayne and features Rory Culkin, Anson Mount, Juliette Lewis and Alec Baldwin in supporting roles.

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 .45 and her wits. 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.

Hick the movie is produced by Lighthouse Entertainment and Taylor Lane Productions, with Stone River Productions serving as executive producer.

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 13-year-old girl, she is never defeated by them. Luli always fights back; she always resurfaces.

Set as a coming-of-age novel, Hick tracks the real perils that modern teenagers so often face. And it does so with bright wit, energy, and an indomitable spirit.

This is a book that will grab the reader from the first page and not let go.

And it is written by a woman who is becoming a cultural force in the hippest parts of Los Angeles.

About the Author

Andrea Portes grew up in rural Nebraska, later shuffling between Illinois, Texas, Brazil, North Dakota and North Carolina before attending Bryn Mawr College. She received her MFA in theater from UC San Diego and became a script reader for Paramount Pictures. She now lives in Los Angeles and is a nightlife columnist for several websites. Hick is her first novel.

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Adam Perryman, September 30, 2007 (view all comments by Adam Perryman)
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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lissome, February 14, 2007 (view all comments by lissome)
Okay, here goes...
James Joyce meets Toni Morrison meets Charles Bukowski meets Dorothy Allison meets Hubert Selby Jr. meets Will Self meets Andrea Portes.
They all rumble in a dark alley and something wonderful stalks out.
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a_guy_90049, February 13, 2007 (view all comments by a_guy_90049)
I read a pre-publication version of this book and like another reviewer said about it, I couldn't put it down. The prose flows very quicklky from page to imagination and makes it a fast read. But more importantly, the vivid descriptions of these grifters, hookers and badlands scary people seen through the eyes of 13 year old Luli are very engaging. The story's structure is tight and simple and keeps the reader on track while telling a tale that has meaning for all of us. This is a recommended read for men or women in spite of it being a story about a young girl. Dare I say that there are some sexual moments in the novel that made this very mature, polite, socially responsible adult male to be, err, uncomfortably turned on? -It's true.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781932961324
Author:
Portes, Andrea
Publisher:
Unbridled Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
California
Subject:
Automobile travel
Subject:
Colorado
Subject:
Family problems
Subject:
Nebraska
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Sex
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Portes's chilling debut tracks a 13-year-old Nebraska girl's hard-going life on the road. Young Luli knows losers — her 'aging Brigitte Bardot' mother, Tammy, and her father, Nick, go at each other every night at the Alibi, the watering hole in hometown Palmyra, Neb. Tammy runs away one morning, and Nick soon follows, leaving Luli alone at home with the Smith and Wesson .45 her Uncle Nipper gave her. Pistol in tow, she hitches rides heading west to Vegas. A crooked man (literally; he 'looks like an italic,' says smart-alecky Luli) named Eddie picks her up briefly before throwing her out of the car. Next comes cocaine-snorting grifter Glenda, who enlists Luli as an accessory to a robbery that goes awry. Glenda takes Luli under her wing. The two cross paths again with Eddie, who rapes Luli and ties her up in a secluded motel. Glenda comes to her rescue, but the confrontation with Eddie ends badly. Luli's flippant narration makes for a love-it or hate-it read." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A bracing drama, a study in tenacity against the gnarled teeth of domestic storms."
"Review" by , "Luli's determinedly breezy narrative voice can be grating, but it also generates sympathy."
"Synopsis" by ,
This fall, the film festival circuit will be introduced to the indomitable Luli McMullen in Hick, the new film made from the acclaimed novel by Andrea Portes, who also adapted the screenplay. The film—directed by Derick Martini—stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Blake Lively and Eddie Redmayne and features Rory Culkin, Anson Mount, Juliette Lewis and Alec Baldwin in supporting roles.

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 .45 and her wits. 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.

Hick the movie is produced by Lighthouse Entertainment and Taylor Lane Productions, with Stone River Productions serving as executive producer.

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 13-year-old girl, she is never defeated by them. Luli always fights back; she always resurfaces.

Set as a coming-of-age novel, Hick tracks the real perils that modern teenagers so often face. And it does so with bright wit, energy, and an indomitable spirit.

This is a book that will grab the reader from the first page and not let go.

And it is written by a woman who is becoming a cultural force in the hippest parts of Los Angeles.

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