Hick and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $14.95
  • Save: $1.71 (11%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Hick has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Pages are smooth and clear, with minimal folds or creases. Faint smudging on book edges. Minor page curl. Free of any markings or labels. Minor to moderate surface and edge wear to cover includes creases and rubbing to edges. *** Ships from Amazon! Thanks!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Hick Paperback – April 15, 2007

60 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Library Binding
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$13.24
$8.02 $1.52

Best Books of the Year So Far
Best Books of the Year So Far
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2015's Best Books of the Year So Far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
$13.24 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Hick + Bury This
Price for both: $27.07

Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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. (May)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Review


“[A] knockout…[a] bold, brash, up-yours coming-of-age story rubbed raw with gritty sexual awakening.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune

“In her debut novel, Portes paints a poignant picture of a teenage girl fleeing her past and landing in Vegas, where she’s forced to grow up fast.”—OK MAGAZINE

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

“Portes is an edgy writer whose talent is apparent on every page. Her honest, raw portrayal of Luli is harrowing, yet Portes also punctuates many of her observations with a keen and jaded humor. Hick announces the arrival of an exciting young voice. Portes’ snappy prose shines through despite the disturbing plight of young Luli…”—The Rocky Mountain News

“Portes' writing and Luli's courage make this book a standout and, at times, beautiful novel.” —The Omaha World-Herald

“A terrific and addicting read. It just barrels along, fueled by the adrenaline and enthusiasm of its youthful narrator.”—The Kansas City Star

“[A] smart and sassy tale.”—The Oregonian

“Her approach is so subtle and non-preachy that Hick‘s cinematic equivalent would be more indie drama than after-school special...Through Luli’s eyes, Portes expertly captures the loneliness of poverty and the harsh monotony of being a child with no one to take care of you...She’s the antithesis of the modern American teenager; she has grit. Her story is especially interesting as it is based on the real-life experiences of Hick‘s author, Portes...Eccentric and wild, her characters are larger than life, but they never become unreal...Luli’s endurance...can only inspire.”–Popmatters.com

“Compelling.”—Library Journal

“Wonderful, touching.”—The Nougat Magazine

“There probably was a time in the U.S. when parents read books to their kids at night; a time when people really cared about their neighbors and acted appropriately. Luli is America gone wrong personified. Hick is the coming of age novel for our twisted times.”—Jeffrey A. Tipton, author of Surviving the City

“[C]ompletely blew me away…It's the best novel I've read this year…do not not read this book. this is a spectacular debut.”—Tony Dushane, Drinks with Tony radio show

“Luli’s road trip makes Holden Caulfield’s experiences in “The Catcher in the Rye” and Huck’s in “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” seem almost quaint. It is truly a coming-of-age story for today… Portes tells a fast-paced story and has created a memorable character in Luli.” —Lincoln Journal-Star

“Impressive…Luli is so well-drawn and her voice so original and authentic that the reader can't help but get caught up in her story…engrossing...” —Dallas Morning News
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Unbridled Books; 1st edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932961321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932961324
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By K. Landow on May 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. It's dark and gives you a lot to think about, even months after finishing it. Portes is a gifted writer and I can't wait to read more. Perfect for book groups--that is, book groups who like darker reads. If you like Virgin Suicides (the book, not the movie), read "Hick."
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
To be the child of two drunks at thirteen is to be an adult, aged by the need to survive the very parents charged with your well-being. Luli McMullen knows this drama inside-out, tired of being caught in the middle as her parents slowly self-destruct. In this paean to lost-between-the-cracks children, Luli tries to make sense of a chaotic life, her circumstances weighing heavily on too-slender shoulders. When both parents descend into the madness of alcoholism in a tortured marriage, the child exists on small fantasies and macaroni and cheese. And those are the good days. Everything is measured by the number of drinks consumed, violence escalating by the hour, until one day, her father driving into the sunset and her mother gone with yet another man, Luli takes their example and heads for the road. What she finds on her journey isn't much better than what she left behind, the world outside her door just as cold and uncaring.

Leaving Nebraska with her thumb in the air, the first ride Luli accepts is a challenge. Acting tough and provocative, the teen is soon booted to the curb, thinking it just as well, the driver, Eddie Kreezer, too close to crazy for comfort. Next Luli hitches a ride with the world-weary Glenda, a coke-sniffing hustler on a mission and a deadline she doesn't care to explain. While Glenda appears trustworthy, at least not as dangerous as other options, Luli becomes more wary with each passing day, unable to trust this woman's motives any more than her own mother's inconsistencies. Holding herself together with street-smart dignity, the child watches and waits, adapting to the needs of the moment; unfortunately, her best interests are never the issue, as Eddie Kreezer comes back into the picture, an associate of the enigmatic and blustery Glenda.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Effie Mayhew on April 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
Make sure you give yourself plenty of quiet time to read this one, you won't be able to put it down once you start. You'll think about this little girl and wonder about her long after you put the book down. A great read. I recommend 100%.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rose Stanton on April 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a novel you can't put down. It drives you to follow it even when you can no longer breathe. The resonance of Luli's voice will take you by surprise, the world she describes seen through her eyes darkly yet steely with wit. Luli will set up camp in your heart. A mirror for our times. A tragic, courageous and indomitable pursuit of the America just on the other side.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Tony Dushane on May 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
i read about 6 - 12 novels per month depending on how many authors i need to interview....and then there are those precious moments when i can read a couple of novels for pleasure.

i was contacted by the publicist and sent this novel. i agreed to interview andrea, but only skimmed the synopsis of the book before agreeing to the interview since i like to read the book a couple of days before interviews to have it fresh in my mind.

the book completely blew me away. i'm so happy i wasn't too cool for school and blew off the interview or i never would've read this book. it's the best novel i've read this year.

i don't want to give any storyline away, but the voice of the pubescent female is nailed. flawless. it reads poetic, almost like a song.

i finished my novel where the narrator is a pubescent boy, and there were passages in here so amazing i seethed with jealousy for not thinking of them first.

do not not read this book. this is a spectacular debut.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey A. Tipton on April 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
There probably was a time in the U.S. when parents read books to their kids at night; a time when people really cared about their neighbors and children said their prayers before bed. Luli is America gone wrong personified; hanging in there, but the thread is getting weaker everyday. Hick is the coming of age novel for our twisted times and is a spirited read.

Jeffrey Tipton
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Griffin on May 18, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
For something that handles so many gritty subjects with dark aplomb, the problem with Hick is it's inability to find any depth in the darkness. It's all dark. It's so dark it doesn't mean anything. It's not that the reader becomes desensitized, it's that there's not sensitivity in the first place. It's one shining moment is with a bit character around a pool, not because of the beacon of hope for improvement, but because there is finally a balance in the humanity Portes is trying to hard to display.

Just as you can make a story too-light for the subject matter, you can make a world where the human beings are too one-dimensional in their sins. It no longer packs a punch when dark deeds are done, because there is no expectation for human decency.

Hick was a disappointing journey that ended with a big load of nothing. Disappointing human beings shift to horrible human beings turn into sadistic human beings, only to sum up the story back at the beginning with a supposed relief that someone, somewhere, dug up the basic human decency to drive an emotionally, physically, and sexually abused child to the bus station and handed her some money.

Worst part? Our little heroine went to hell and back and ended up the same girl she started.

A circular story that missed the emotional presence to carry the themes intended.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Hick
This item: Hick
Price: $13.24
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: &