Nature Girl Author:Carl Hiaasen Honey Santana - impassioned, willful, possibly bipolar, self-proclaimed "queen of lost causes" - has a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference, and dinnertime sales calls. She's taking rude, gullible Relentless, Inc., telemarketer Boyd Shreave and his less-than-enthusiastic mistress, Eugenie - the fifteen-minute-famous gir... more »lfriend of a tabloid murderer - into the wilderness of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands for a gentle lesson in civility. What she doesn't know is that she's being followed by her Honey-obsessed former employer, Piejack (whose mismatched fingers are proof that sexual harassment in the workplace is a bad idea). And he doesn't know he's being followed by Honey's still-smitten former drug-running ex-husband, Perry, and their wise-and-protective-way-beyond-his-years twelve-year-old-son, Fry. And when they all pull up on Dismal Key, they don't know they're intruding on Sammy Tigertail, a half white/half Seminole failed alligator wrestler, trying like hell to be a hermit despite the Florida State coed who's dying to be his hostage . . .
Will Honey be able to make a mensch of a "greedhead"? Will Fry be able to protect her from Piejack - and herself? Will Sammy achieve his true Seminole self? Will Eugenie ever get to the beach? Will the Everglades survive the wild humans? All the answers are revealed in the delectably outrageous mayhem that propels this novel to its Hiaasen-of-the-highest-order climax.« less
I always enjoy reading Hiaasen's novels and this was no exception! Although the story was a little contrived, I enjoyed the interaction between all of the wacky characters. As usual, Hiaasen's comments on society were on target including his jabs at telemarketers, religion, and development and tourism in Florida. I recently read Skin Tight which was probably one of my favorite Hiaasen's but I also recommend Nature Girl highly.
Another great book about the wild and hilariously funny characters Hiaasen finds in southern Florida. I often laugh out loud while reading his books, and this time was no exception. A divorced couple really want to be together except she "hears things" and goes beserk over such things as a telemarketer's hard sell. In fact she goes so beserk, she plans an incredibly elaborate revenge that involves getting the guy down to Florida and taking him to a deserted island so she can lecture him about proper behavior. But that's only the beginning...
My hardcover copy is in good shape but the dust cover is slightly torn at one corner (and a bit wrinkled). But the book itself is totally unmarked and fine and fresh.
Don't we all hate to get telemarketer calls...? Well Hiaasen takes that anger and runs with it. A cast of off balance characters weave into each other's lives for a comical, over the top payback for telemarketers from the books 'heroine", Honey Santana. Not a believable story, his books never are, but a fun weekend read.
If Dave Barry teamed up with Elmore Leonard to write comic crime novels about the dumb, inept, and down-right stupidest end of the criminal continuum, with the most eccentric characters on the cast list of not-so-innocent by-standers and good guys, you would get the typical Hiaasen novel. Since Hiaasen writes about the "real" Florida, his stories are always colorful, exotic, entertaining, hot, humid, but always highly amusing. "Nature Girl" is no exception. Just how many bad guys are wiped into this souffle is hard to say--even the good guys are pretty edgy. You basically can tell who's who by IQ. Bad guys: belt-size IQ. Good guys: too clever by half. In the end truth, justice, love, and the American Way--Florida-style win out, and once the sun is really setting, and Margarettas finally just perfect, this novel will give you a warm, sweet glow, like a $500-a-night Palm Beach hotel tan.
As usual Carl Hiaasen delivers. Great characters. He makes all of his books interesting and fun to read. This one has it all - a main female character who is probably bi-polar; her ex-husband and their son (who is the REAL adult in the family); a man working in a call center and his mistress; an Indian and a college student, etc, etc.
My 1st Hiaasen book & a stand alone. Too many characters, too much Indian history that didn't need to be in the story, too many plot lines that weren't resolved by books end. Bits of the book were funny (such as the songs in Honey's head, Dealey's picture taking investigative skills, & Skinner's devotion to his ex-wife). The book dragged on with Tigertail's woes about being a half white indian, Boyd's incessant whining, Gillian's constant chatter, & the references about manic episodes & bi polar disorder to explain most of the plot action. Contrived, confusing, & too long of a book with no satisfying explanations.