Nature Girl

Nature Girl

by Carl Hiaasen
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Nature Girl 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
BookedUp More than 1 year ago
This was the first Hiaasen book I've red and he's captured my interest for sure. His writing style is so much fun and at the same time mood and meaning are injected into each word choice. It was a crazy plot with wildly concocted characters and just a good time to the very last page. Even with the lightness of the writing, there was still food for thought. Grab a book by this guy if you get the chance.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Florida, the tourist Jeter Wilson died of a heart attack following a snake bite leaving Everglades airboat owner Sammy Tigertail stuck with disposing the body, which he does in one of the swamps. At about the same time that Sammy struggles with the corpse, Honey Santana is irate with telemarketing realtor pitchman Boyd Shreave, who made ugly obscene sexual comments when she rejected his pitch.---------------- Honey decides to get even with Shreave as only she can. She begins a scheme to hurt him in the shorts enlisting her former husband Perry Skinner and her preadolescent son Fry and getting Boyd to come to Dismal Bay in the Everglades. He does with his girlfriend Eugenie Fonda at the same time private investigator Theodore Dealey working for Shreave¿s wife hopes to catch him with his shorts down. As she implements her plan, Sammy is caught in the middle still trying to get rid of Jeter¿s pesky spirit. Before anyone can blink all hell has come to the Everglades as these and others run amuck.----------- Less biting satire and more a zany face, Carl Hiaasen provides an amusing slap stick thriller that paints a wild picture of the Everglades in which the two legged animals are the beasts. The story line loosely contains a plot of revenge at it core though myriad of subplots converge because everyone is at the wrong place at the wrong time. The cast is classic comedy with people tripping over one another all because Honey goes berserk when Shreave interrupts her dinner with obscenities from there it is all down hill as everyone wants to sell but not buy swampland.------------- Harriet Klausner
MamaLouBebe More than 1 year ago
Well worth the money and time! Real People, well almost all, funny, and really enjoyed it!
mommyjp More than 1 year ago
First book I've read from this author. Overall, it was an interesting read.
yelrose10 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I've read by Carl Hiaasen. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for something light and funny to ready. It is fairly funny until at the end I thought it was absolutely hilarious in parts. I wish it had been that funny all the way through. I am hooked on his books now and I read them in between more serious books or in addition to more serious books. I plan on reading all of his books. He definitely has a quirky sense of humor.
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Maximillian More than 1 year ago
If you can't go to Florida this winter, try reading about it in one on Carl Hiassen's adult comedies. This one is risqué and full of not-to-love characters, but the plot gave me plenty of good laughs. Hiaasen also gets in some commentary about the state of our 21 C. society and the dismal record of our country in regards to the treatment of native Americans. Really, he is a good writer. Comedy is not easy to do, and the mix of brutally true observations with the foibles of human nature is well done by Hiaasen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and am glad I read it before reading some of the negative reviews. I enjoyed it so much that I am now reading all of his books. After reading some of his older novels, I can see a change that might be upsetting to some fans. I like variety. I love his humor, vocablulary, sarcasm, and the bizzarre....
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Honey Santana is an unforgettable heroine, and Lee Adams's narration of Honey's exploits is equally memorable. She imbues Honey and Hiaasen's other over the top characters with all their grit, determination, bravado, zest, and intensity. With 'Nature Girl' we again enjoy this author's trademark tough yet tender prose, biting satire, and total originality. Plus, thanks to him, the State of Florida is revealed in all its steamy, seamy splendor. He won me with 'Skinny Dip' and I haven't looked back since. We meet Boyd Shreave who is employed by Relentless, Inc. where he makes his living as a telemarketer. His mistress, Eugenie Fonda 'who claimed a murky connection to the famous acting family' is in the cubicle next to him, a script is in front of him, and he has an assumed name for calling purposes - Boyd Eisenhower. He'll rue the day that he ever dialed Honey Santana's number. Honey is a woman on a mission fueled by a rabid desire to rid the world of many adversities that have visited her, one of them being dinnertime sales calls. Her 12-year-old son, Fry, alternates between believing her to be tetched or the most wonderful Mom in the world. Her brother, Richard, is well aware that his sister 'sometimes reacted to ordinary situations in unique ways.' Nonetheless, he locates Boyd for her. Her plan? To sell him something he can't afford. Sure enough, Boyd takes the bait and soon Honey is escorting the telemarketer and his reluctant mistress on a kayak tour through the wilds of Ten Thousand Islands. She just intends to teach them a lesson or three. What she hadn't counted on is Piejack, her boss at the fish market, following her. Piejack is the kind of guy who thinks sexual harassment in the workplace is acceptable, and the object of his attention is Honey. Now, listen carefully (this is Hiaasen) - Piejack is being followed by Honey's ex, Perry, and Fry. Dismal Key is a landing place for this parade, and it's there they find Sammy Tigertail, a half-white, half-Seminole former alligator wrestler who tried his hand at doing airboat tours. But, when his first customer died on board, he told his uncle 'he wasn't spiritually equipped to deal with tourists.' Precisely what he is equipped for is subject for conjecture. Hiaasen's cast of crazy characters garner laughs aplenty. His meandering plot is a playful perplexity, and Lee Adams doesn't miss a nuance. Enjoy!
Drewano More than 1 year ago
‘Nature Girl’ is classic Hiaasen. Take one part over the top characters, one part social justice, one part ridiculous scheme and then throw in a dash of Florida and you’ve got yourself a heck of a tail. The book is well written and no matter how strange it gets the plot gets back on track to finish in the end. If you’re a fan of his other work, or just love strange stories and great characters this is a sure hit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fun read! Got better and better with the turn of each page!
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PalomaKate More than 1 year ago
I get a big kick out of Hiaasen's writing. His characters are so quirky. He is so sarcastic about them. He always has many twists and turns. "Nature Girl" is no different in that respect. It is so easy to visualize what these people look like and it's easy to share in Hiaasen's likes and dislikes about them. A fun read.
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This is a little lighter than his other books, but still very funny. I laugh out loud constantly at his twisted characters.
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This was my second Carl Hiaasen novel. I enjoyed it, but liked Skinny Dip better. The characters in Nature Girl were pretty wacky, but not as fully developed as in Skinny Dip. Hiaasen's knowledge of south and central Florida adds to the enjoyment. I found myself going to Google Earth quite a bit to get a visual of the points of reference in the book. Looking forward to my third read.
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