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Let's No One Get Hurt
Let's No One Get Hurt: A Novel | Jon Pineda
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Huck Finn meets We the Animals in this dreamy yet urgent Southern Gothic tale Fifteen-year-old Pearl is squatting in an abandoned boathouse with her father, a disgraced college professor, and two other grown men, deep in the swamps of the American South. All four live on the fringe, scavenging what they cancatfish, lumber, scraps for their ailing dog. Despite the isolation, Pearl feels at home with her makeshift family: the three men care for Pearl and teach her what they know of the world. Mason Boyd, aka Main Boy, is from a nearby affluent neighborhood where he and his raucous friends ride around in tricked-out golf carts, shoot their fathers shotguns, and aspire to make Internet pranking videos. While Pearl is out scavenging in the woods, she meets Main Boy, who eventually reveals that his father has purchased the property on which Pearl and the others are squatting. With all the power in Main Boys hands, a very unbalanced relationship forms between the two kids, culminating in a devastating scene of violence and humiliation. With the cinematic and terrifying beauty of the American South humming behind each line, Jon Pinedas Lets No One Get Hurt is a coming-of-age story set equally between real-world issues of race and socioeconomics, and a magical, Huck Finn-esque universe of community and exploration.
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RidgewayGirl
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A coming of age novel about a girl squatting in an abandoned boathouse with her father and two other men. As she roams and thinks about her former life, she encounters a group of teenage boys who want to be YouTube stars.

This is noir, but written by a poet unwilling to abandon hope.

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Well-ReadNeck
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The prose here is astonishing and many of the scenes are sublime. But, the whole, in this case, is not greater than the sum of the parts. The story was somewhat disjointed and hard to follow. #netgalley

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FountainBookstore
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Starting this next. Hope it's amazing!

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Cwade
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3/5 stars. Interesting ARC. Very thought provoking and is a shot of realism. Follow the link to read the review: https://lifebooksandcc.blogspot.com/2017/11/book-review-lets-know-one-get-hurt.h...