They call the heart attack that killed fifteen-year-old Nani’s surfer father “the widow-maker”; when it struck, it killed him instantly. Almost as quickly, it turned Nani’s mother from the half-owner of Honolulu’s most famous bar to a hopeless alcoholic seeking a fresh start in California, and Nani into a fish out of water on Santa Monica’s State Beach.
It's 1972, and as the new girl on one of the country’s most famous beaches, Nani’s only hope for acceptanceand survivalis following “The Rules,” an unspoken list of dos and don’ts that made her queen of the beach in Hawaii. After a series of harrowing initiations she manages to get in with the locals, even gaining the attention of surf god Nigel McBride.
But maintaining stardom is harder than achieving it, and Nani is harboring three secrets that could instantly destroy everything she’s worked to achieve. #1: She stole her dad’s ashes, hid them from her mom, and plans to spread them in the ocean he loved. #2: In order to get in with the lineup, she spied on themand now she knows more than they’ll ever let her get away with. And deadliest of all, #3: she might just be in love with Rox, the queen supreme of State Beach.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
Lisa Freeman started her work as an actor and has been in numerous TV productions and films (Mr. Mom and Back to the Future I & II to name a few). She performed at the Comedy Store, which lead to her writing career in radio and spoken word. Freeman has a BA in liberal studies and Creative Writing, an MFA in Fiction, and a certificate in Pedagogy in Writing from Antioch University. Honey Girl, her debut novel, was inspired by a time when girls were the color of tan-before-sunscreen, drank Tabs by the six-pack, smoked Lark 100’s, and were not allowed to surf. Lisa lives in Santa Monica, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's astonishing to think what sort of empty head vomited this watery drivel onto the page. It is clear the author is trying to recreate feelings from her youth for her own pleasure, in a manner so clumsy and self-indulgent, that the reader cannot get rid of the thought of an old lisa freeman ticking away into her macbook while yearning nostalgically for a connection to youth she will never again have.
HONEY GIRL is set in the 1970s California beach scene. Nani Nuuhiwa is 15 and has just moved to Santa Monica from Hawai’i with her white mother after her Hawaiian father passed away from a sudden heart attack. Desperately missing her father, afraid of losing her culture, and wanting to fit into the new surf culture of State Beach, Nani is struggling to find her identity. Nani must strictly follow ‘The Rules’ in order to make it into the lineup of the elite girls of State Beach. Nani attracts the attentions and affections of the surf god, Nigel, and the leader of the girl’s lineup, Rox. However, both relationships have their complications as Nani tries to navigate her new roles in life. HONEY GIRL is a beautiful coming of age story with a cast of complex characters and social strata. I felt like Nani is a typical 15 year old, trying to maneuver in a brand new world and figure herself out at the same time. I felt a kinship with Nani and perhaps it’s because while my life challenges weren’t the same as hers, the quest to discover our true selves was similar. HONEY GIRL transcends time and gets to the heart of what it means to grow up. P.S. - Ladies, if you ever get to visit Fiji, I hope you enjoy every moment!