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Dirty Little Angels (2009)

by Chris Tusa(Favorite Author)
3.43 of 5 Votes: 5
1604890304 (ISBN13: 9781604890303)
Livingston Press (AL)
review 1: Dirty Little Angels is a gritty contemporary novel which follows down and out teenager Hailey Trosclair, who, through her twisted view of the world and religion, teams up with a violent religious criminal, Moses, which places her and her brother in great danger. The novel is as dark as the blurb would suggest, and has a perpetual feel of helplessness threaded through the narrative. Although slow and awkward to start, the story itself is compelling, and makes you want to keep reading, and Tusa is a wordsmith, who's metaphors in particular, are superb and add to the reading pleasure. However, the violence and profanity, at times, detracts from, rather than adds to the stories, and this, despite it's length, is not a Young Adult novel due to the content. The background of the... more character is a real strength of the writing, and Tusa gives a very realistic description of a family spilt by depression and addiction. At a few points, the characters seem almost 2D, with stereotypical responses and a needy/greedy voice, this jars you as a reader, but this type of characterisation is in the minority in the book, and is countered by the realistic and believable character portrayals in the rest of the novel. Overall, this is a well crafted novel that in places is let down by characterisation and an over-zealous approach to violence (particularly towards animals) and profanity. I enjoyed the journey the book took me on, although I was let down by the lack of happy ending, which leaves you with a slightly depressed feeling.[Cross-posted to tomesofthesoul.blogspot.com
review 2: Normally, I have no trouble finding words for a book review. This story is bouncing around in my head, though, and I am not sure what I thought of it or what I want to say about it. It was dark and disturbing. There is no happiness, no bright futures, no light at the end of the tunnel, nothing except bleak despair. Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina comes to mind as something I could compare it to. The stories are as dissimilar as night and day but they both seemed to end with a gritty sucker punch that made me feel like I could suffocate. While I will not say that I enjoyed this book, it is a realistic slice of life, mean and hopeless. I would definitely recommend Tusa to fans of Allison. less
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Well written book, edgy, and with a surprise ending that made it all the more tasty.
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