First, I need to say the storyline and the actual story was was good and well written and for the most part I thoroughly enjoyed reading the struggles of a young girl growing up and how racism is still alive and words can be used in the wrong way even though they are used by definition.
Second, I have not thought I would be need to use race or racism in my reviews however this book changed that. I need to point out in the book that the way it is used Redneck is as much slur as the "N" word or any others. Redneck when used properly means fun-loving, down home, good time, easy going people. Who if you needed would give the shirt off their back to help. It is not what was portrayed in the book.
Personally I am proud to say I AM A REDNECK!
Lisa T. Cresswell
Publisher: FeatherWeight Press
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Intelligent Corrine, abandoned by her mother, and artsy Jamie, forced to play football by a redneck father, both dream of leaving their podunk town and never looking back. Their shared love of literature and a dream of a better life bring them together and a romance blossoms between them in a secret place of their own in the steamy North Carolina woods. When Jamie is involved in the accidental death of a white girl, he's terrified of his abusive father. Corrine takes the blame to protect Jaime, with dire consequences for herself and her dreams of the future. Her life in danger, Corrine's left wondering if Jamie ever cared about her at all.
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Lisa, like most writers, began scribbling silly notes, stories, and poems at a very young age. Born in North Carolina, the South proved fertile ground to her imagination with its beautiful white sand beaches and red earth. In fifth grade, she wrote, directed and starred in a play "The Queen of the Nile" at school, despite the fact that she is decidedly un-Egyptian looking. Perhaps that's why she went on to become a real life archaeologist?
Unexpectedly transplanted to Idaho as a teenager, Lisa learned to love the desert and the wide open skies out West. This is where her interest in cultures, both ancient and living, really took root, and she became a Great Basin archaeologist. However, the itch to write never did leave for long. Her first books became the middle grade fantasy trilogy, The Storyteller Series. Her first traditionally published work, Hush Puppy, is now available from Featherweight Press.
Lisa still lives in Idaho with her family and a menagerie of furry critters that includes way too many llamas!