Hick by Andrea Portes

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This fall, the film festival circuit will be introduced to the indomitable Luli McMullen in Hick, the new film made from the acclaimed novel by Andrea Portes, who also adapted the screenplay. The film—directed by Derick Martini—stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Blake Lively and Eddie Redmayne and features Rory Culkin, Anson Mount, Juliette Lewis and Alec Baldwin in supporting roles.

Hick is the story of Luli (Moretz), a bright kid from a hick town who’s had enough and strikes out on her own with some “borrowed” cash, a .45 and her wits. On the road, Luli is taken under the wing of a glamorous young grifter named Glenda (Lively), who has experienced worlds barely imaginable to Luli. As the two make their way across the American landscape, they encounter a captivating and dangerous young man named Eddie Kreezer (Redmayne), a disturbing criminal subculture, and some hard truths about what it means to be a young woman on the run, grasping at a future.

Hick the movie is produced by Lighthouse Entertainment and Taylor Lane Productions, with Stone River Productions serving as executive producer.

Though its first-person narrating voice is fast-paced, powerful and unquestionably authentic, Hick is a debut novel.

Beyond this voice, what makes the book so extraordinary is that, although all of the worst things imaginable do befall this 13-year-old girl, she is never defeated by them. Luli always fights back; she always resurfaces.

Set as a coming-of-age novel, Hick tracks the real perils that modern teenagers so often face. And it does so with bright wit, energy, and an indomitable spirit.

This is a book that will grab the reader from the first page and not let go.

And it is written by a woman who is becoming a cultural force in the hippest parts of Los Angeles.

About Andrea Portes

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Andrea Portes grew up in rural Nebraska, later shuffling between Illinois, Texas, Brazil, North Dakota and North Carolina before attending Bryn Mawr College. She received her MFA in theater from UC San Diego and became a script reader for Paramount Pictures. She now lives in Los Angeles and is a nightlife columnist for several websites. Hick is her first novel.
Published May 1, 2007 by Unbridled Books. 253 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Glenda tracks them down at last, Luli has been tied up and repeatedly abused by Eddie for several days in a Nevada cabin.

May 01 2007 | Read Full Review of Hick

Publishers Weekly

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Young Luli knows losers—her "aging Brigitte Bardot" mother, Tammy, and her father, Nick, go at each other every night at the Alibi, the watering hole in hometown Palmyra, Neb.

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BC Books

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Luli meets gorgeous Glenda who appears rich and influential, but as Luli finds out, is nothing more than a glamorous drifting thief, stealing whatever and whenever she can.

May 17 2007 | Read Full Review of Hick

Book Reporter

Under the guise of "taking her off Glenda's hands," Eddie basically kidnaps Luli, rapes her in a field, takes her to a cabin in the woods, ties her to a bed and screws her silly for three days until Glenda figures out what happened and comes to rescue her.

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Though Portes’s home life was nothing like Luli’s, she grew up in rural Nebraska, until suburban sprawl wrecked her country life.

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The Hollywood Reporter

Director Derek Martini follows the strange adventures of a 13-year-old runaway girl as she hits the road for but never gets to Las Vegas.

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