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Angel Sometimes [Kindle Edition]

Helen Ginger
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Angel Sometimes has a plan: Go home to Oklahoma and ask her mother why she loved her one day, then threw her out like garbage the next. Since her mother was never going to come looking for her, she'd go to her mother.

After three years on the streets of South Padre Island, she put out her thumb and hitched a ride. She arrives in Austin, Texas, at 2:23 on a Wednesday afternoon.

She was 16 and had been on her own since she turned 12 and her aunt had driven her 800 miles from home, then gave her $50 and left. Her aunt hadn't expected her to survive. She almost didn't.

She hitchhikes to Austin and gets a job swimming as a mermaid in a bar in the music district. At twenty-two, she has friends, a place to live, and a future. When a homeless girl is beaten and a waitress killed, Angel realizes she will never be whole until she confronts her parents.

It's time to quit planning and go home. To do that, she needs three things: her high school diploma, a car and a gun. She has a car. She’s finished her final test for her GED. The only thing she needs is the gun and she knows where to get one.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Angel Sometimes came to me as a child and I started writing her story. After writing for weeks, I realized she was still 12 years old. As fascinating as her story was, I had to write her as an adult. About that time, the Brown Foundation awarded me a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. I spent four weeks there writing Angel's life at 22 years old and her journey home.

Her story is finished, although she still talks to me occasionally. When you finish reading Angel Sometimes, I hope you'll like her as much as I do.

Helen

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Angel Sometimes has a plan: Go home to Oklahoma and ask her mother why she loved her one day, then threw her out like garbage the next. Since her mother was never going to come looking for her, she'd go to her mother.

After three years on the streets of South Padre Island, she put out her thumb and hitched a ride. She arrives in Austin, Texas, at 2:23 on a Wednesday afternoon.

She was 16 and had been on her own since she turned 12 and her aunt had driven her 800 miles from home, then gave her $50 and left. Her aunt hadn't expected her to survive. She almost didn't.

She hitchhikes to Austin and gets a job swimming as a mermaid in a bar in the music district. At twenty-two, she has friends, a place to live, and a future. When a homeless girl is beaten and a waitress killed, Angel realizes she will never be whole until she confronts her parents.
It's time to quit planning and go home. To do that, she needs three things: her high school diploma, a car and a gun. She has a car. She's finished her final test for her GED. The only thing she needs is the gun and she knows where to get one.

Product Details

  • File Size: 451 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: High Canyon Books (May 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00876VHI8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,691 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Engrossing and Satisfying Read June 29, 2012
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It became apparent early on that something terrible had happened to Angel Sometimes. It was so horrible it caused her to doubt her own self worth and be mistrustful of others.

With each strategically placed flashback which teased me by offering only so much and then drawing back, I became more anxious to learn the root of Angel's angst.

Finally, the appalling truth was revealed. Not only that, the author threw in a very unexpected twist at the end, which I never would have foreseen.

On a purely subjective note - Since I'm not a detail oriented person and tend to write sparsely, I would have been happier with less descriptions of Angel's job.

All in all, I recommend Angel Sometimes as a very engrossing and satisfying read.

Morgan Mandel
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story June 7, 2012
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From the main character's unique occupation to the startling revelations about her life, Angel Sometimes is a celebration of the human spirit. Witty at times while sad at others, evocative words burn the imagery into your mind, exploring both despair and triumph. I will be fighting claustrophobia around fish tanks from now on, as well.

The story of Angel's perseverance against all odds provided an exciting and satisfying read for me. I had a hard time putting it down to go to bed, grabbing my Kindle up the next morning to finish it before doing anything else. I'd gotten to know Angel and really liked her by the end of the novel. It felt as if I were saying goodbye to a friend when I came to the last page, not something I often experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tight and Compelling First Chapter June 9, 2012
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If the first chapter doesn't pull you into the book, nothing will! Tightly written and with enough foundation to distinctly introduce the story and main character, you'll want to keep reading. I can't wait to finish this book. I know the author through her editing and newsletter, and it's exciting to see her writing and publishing fiction at last!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average Little Mermaid October 17, 2012
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I get nervous when I'm asked to review someone's book. Especially someone I like.

What if I hate it? What if it's boring? Poorly written? Repetitive? What if I've read books exactly like it a hundred times before? How do I write an honest review and not hurt the author's feelings?

I was lucky with Helen Ginger's book `Angel Sometimes.'

First of all, she didn't ask me. I had heard she was looking for a review and volunteered - but not until I checked it out on Amazon in the "look inside" preview feature. (A handy thing, that. It's saved me the heartache of buying many a lousy book.)

And second, well, I liked the darned thing.

I was hooked right from the first chapter. There's Angel, sweet 16, lonely, alone and full of heartache, hitchhiking dusty Texas interstates and living off some of the meanest mean streets in the U.S.A. Now I love myself some good hard-knock stories and Angel apparently has a pocket full of them. What those stories are isn't immediately clear but that's the lure of this book. Like Shrek's onion, you have to peel it back, page by page, to find the harrowing truth about Angel and the twisted relationship with her mother and father.

The novel jumps back and forth from Angel's vicious past to her unorthodox present, where we find her dressed in a tail and performing as a mermaid in an unusual bar. Everything may indeed be bigger in Texas, especially the glassed-in tanks where Angel and her colleagues swim amongst exotic fishies while society's real sharks guzzle beer and drool over the scantily-clad mermaids from their dry perches on bar stools.

I loved this about the book. The whole mermaid thing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is the first fiction book released by Helen Ginger, and I certainly hope it is not the last. This is an author who has an intriguing story, and the writing will only get better and better.

There were some things I absolutely loved about this book, primarily the central character, Angel. She is a tough young woman whose strengths were honed on the streets after she was abandoned at age 13 and had to survive somehow, someway. She calls herself Angel Sometimes, because sometimes she is not an angel. In fact, in her mind she is the worst of sinners. On the opposite side of the toughness is the tenderness she has for other street people, especially Jodie, who suffers an assault by some stranger who is preying on vulnerable young women.

The story opens with Angel at age 22, trying to get her GED so she can go to college - one of the plans in her Planning Book. But first she has to go back and face issues from her past that left her homeless. In the meantime, she works swimming as a mermaid in a club in Austin, and the reader gets an interesting look at what it is like to be a "mermaid". This part is very factually correct, as the author spent some time in her past working at a park resort that featured mermaids, I only wish there had been a little less about that. Angel is training some new girls, and the scenes with them working got a bit repetitious and didn't seem to be advancing the story.

While I enjoyed Angel, and really enjoyed her interactions with her friends, especially Susan - some of the best dialogue in the book - I kept getting jarred out of the story by some research errors and some puzzling plot issues. I also found some of the flashbacks too abrupt and confusing, while others were written seamlessly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I really enjoyed this story. The flow of the book kept giving you bits and pieces of the plot until it all came together in the end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D Blakeney
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it -- fascinating
I thought this was a fascinating story --- I feel the author did a great job. I would highly recommend it.
Liz Loadholt
Published 13 months ago by Liz Lodholt
5.0 out of 5 stars KEEPS YOU READING
Make sure you have plenty of time. You will not want to put this book down. I loved the storyline. The book will make you cry, laugh, and wrap you up in Angel 's world.
Published 15 months ago by Vivian L. Alkire
4.0 out of 5 stars Angel Sometimes ~ A Great Read!
Angel Sometimes is not a quick read, but it is a thought-provoking one. Angel was abandoned at twelve years old. Read more
Published 21 months ago by DL Larson
4.0 out of 5 stars Angel Sometimes
"Angel Sometimes" by Helen Ginger is a great read. I enjoyed that the book taught me things about being a human mermaid that I didn't know before. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Pat Bean
5.0 out of 5 stars Angel Sometimes Becomes a Forever Firl
How can anyone not find this tale of one of a group of mermaids intriguing and entrancing? Helen Ginger has made her experiences in just such a job and the dangers of the work... Read more
Published 24 months ago by pats1403
1.0 out of 5 stars Not one of my favorites
I love to read work from new authors. This one had possibilities, but it was like trying to make sense of a conversation with a scatterbrain. The story bounced all over the place. Read more
Published on July 21, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Angel Sometimes
It's hard to pen down whether Angel Sometimes, by Helen Ginger, is character driven or plot driven, so I'll just say be prepared to settle in for the duration of the story because... Read more
Published on July 5, 2012 by Writer Karen Casey Fitzjerrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Angel Sometimes--the Mermaid trapped in Two Worlds
Helen Ginger's debut novel is the powerful story of a young survivor. Gritty, self-doubting, and kind-hearted Angel is determined not to let painful and horrible incidences in her... Read more
Published on July 1, 2012 by Christa Polkinhorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down
Isn't that a great title? From the title to the first line right up until the story ended, I was mesmerized by Helen Ginger's Angel Sometimes. Read more
Published on July 1, 2012 by Karen Walker
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More About the Author

Award winning author Helen Ginger was born in Georgia, but at age ten, her mother moved the family to Texas. Helen's been there ever since, laying down roots and picking up stories. As far back as Helen can remember, she's always written: angst-filled stories in high school; short stories and poetry in college; mysteries, mainstream fiction, even technical books, three of which have been published by TSTC Publishing. She's also an Owner/Partner and WebMistress for Legends In Our Own Minds®. Helen lives in a small town just outside of Austin, Texas. From her office window, she sees birds, deer, squirrels, road runners, foxes, cats, and rabbits.

Helen's book, ANGEL SOMETIMES, won the 2013 USA Best Book Award for Fiction: New Age. Her next book, a Matti McAllister, PI, mystery, DISMEMBERING THE PAST, is due out in Summer 2014.

'Course, what she gets asked about most often are her four years as a mermaid at Aquarena Springs. Swimming with a shimmery tail, picnicking underwater, performing synchronized ballet, blowing air bubbles ... all year round, even in the winter.

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