Hick– Written by Andrea Portes
Hick is the debut novel of Andrea Portes. Kicking off in Palmyra, Nebraska, this story follows 13-year-old Luli McMullen, a runaway with ambitions to make her big break in Las Vegas. Luli is raised in a household where she isn’t cared much about, having two alcoholic parents who don’t get along much. Since Luli is our narrator, she explains how dismal and bored she is of her hometown, anxious to escape. The first thing I noticed about Luli was her transcendence between youth and adulthood. At points in her storytelling, it is very obvious that Luli is an inexperienced and vulnerable 13-year-old girl with an imagination that runs wild but, at other times, it is almost astonishing at how grown up she forces herself to become as she enters a very rough and scary new world.
The story really begins to unfold once…
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