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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.

Sometimes a book is so good it just vibrates with life. Hick by Andrea Portes is that good. Once you start reading it, you won't want to put it down: you will laugh, you will cry, and you will be amazed by this new writer. — Diana Cohen, Books & Company Bookstore

Wonderful, touching. — The Nougat Magazine (KY)

Andrea Portes's debut novel, through her teenage protagonist, explores themes of abandonment, abuse, and poverty. Her approach is so subtle and non-preachy that Hick's cinematic equivalent would be more indie drama than after-school special. ... Portes succeeds here by removing the melodrama from such a downbeat story and presenting her torn world as utterly real. She makes Luli's pain real, too. Luli's endurance, consequently, can only inspire. — PopMatters

[A] chilling debut. — Publishers Weekly

For everyone whose childhood wasn't perfect; for everyone whose parents disappointed; for everyone whose adolescent dreams were changed or abandoned; for everyone, there's Hick by Andrea Portes. Abandoned by her parents, 13 year-old Luli decides to hitch hike to Las Vegas in search of a sugar daddy. What she finds isn't as sweet as she's imagined. — Keri Holmes, The Kaleidoscope Bookstore

There probably was a time in the US when parents read books to their kids at night; a time when people really cared about their neighbors and acted appropriately. Luli is America gone wrong personified. Hick is the coming of age novel for our twisted times. Jeffrey A Tipton, author of Surviving the City

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