Nature Girl Author:Carl Hiaasen Beware! Honey Santana is off her meds, reacting rapidly to the bad behavior of others. This time, the annoyer is a telemarketer from Texas. Honey's revenge? She invites Boyd Shreave on a paid ecotour of the Everglades, where a blue-eyed Seminole named Sammy Tigertail strums an electric guitar on a woe... more »-begotten clump of shells, mangroves, and beer cans called Dismal Key. Soon Boyd and vengeance-crazed Honey are joined by a private eye with a red-hot video camera and a college girl who just wants to have fun. And with a brawling cast of lunatic men, desperate women, a skateboarding teen, and even a restless ghost all going native, who will protect the Everglades from the wild humans?« 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.