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Braving a northern Michigan blizzard to search for her missing meth-addicted mother, Percy James stops by the cabin of two drug addicts and flees with their endangered baby, triggering a dangerous race from the elements and a band of desperate criminals.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062400826
Characteristics: 240 pages ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Sweet girl.


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Jan 26, 2020

Percy, looking for her meth addicted mother finds an infant in dire need of rescuing. She takes off on foot with the poor baby into some nasty weather headed for her almost step father's cabin, knowing he will help the child get to the hospital. The subject isn't funny but there is lots of humor in this story as well as tragic figures all strung out on crank. I did feel so sorry for their messed up lives in shambles.
The story has really good pacing and character development. It has thrills, heartbreak, a blizzard and an awakening.
Drugs are bad mmm'kay

Mar 16, 2018

Although the opioid epidemic is ubiquitous, including Northern Michigan; this book evoked thoughts of North Carolina writers Ron Rash and Wiley Cash. After reading the book; I then noticed the comment from Ron Rash and discovered that Mulhauser has relocated and is
teaching in N.C. The feel-good ending softens the reader's gritty, fast-paced journey; but is not always the outcome for the exponential number of children coming into the overwhelmed
foster care system.

I'm going to be upfront about this one. This book isn't for me. I read to escape, and this book was just too real for me. It spoke a truth and told of a problem. Baby's are neglected by drug addicted parents. Parents abandon their children in their desperation for more drugs. Drugs are ugly, and addictive, and hurt the ones you love. The truth is ugly, and in all honesty, I try to escape ugly when I choose my books. So why did I read this, when it so obviously isn't the type of book I would normally read...because I had to. Sometimes you don't have a choice--this was one of those cases.

Mulhauser is a very talented author. He made this story so real that I nearly froze reading it. (Did I also forget to mention--I hate the cold, being cold, and reading about the cold? Well, count that as another strike.) He plunges you into the middle of a blizzard with a teenage heroine, and a baby who needs rescued. The blizzard and the cold seep into you as you read. Every step the character take is so realistic (I had to curl up around a space heater to thaw out). The characters are so well developed, you fill like you have known them your entire life. He makes these people real. They are flawed and human and so well drawn you would know them if you met them on the street.

Brilliant writer, brilliant details, and well developed characters. If I were reviewing on quality, this would be a 5 star review. Unfortunately, since this is my review and the stars rate on how well I liked it, I can't give it more than a 3.

Still if you like your realistic fiction gritty, detailed, and written so so well that you feel like you are part of the story, this would be a good book for you.

Apr 21, 2017

Sweet Girl was a great, thrilling, adventurous book, I read it in two days. The only thing I did not like about this book was that there were a lot of bad words (like really bad words). But over all I loved the adventure. I would recommend this book to anyone 15 and older.

Apr 06, 2017

Dark, dramatic, and full of captivating dialogue. Mulhauser has a way of capturing the bleakness of a northern Michigan winter.

Mar 27, 2017

The thrilling action of this novel is balanced by moments of impactful emotional insight. Even the lowliest antagonists are twisted to and fro to shed light on their many facets and for me, this made the story very believable. The main antagonist, Shelton Potter, is a particularly tragic character who, while undeniably flawed, is also deeply misunderstood and in possession of a much gentler spirit than the other characters realize. In fact, many of the best moments and quotes in the story came from Shelton Potter including my favorite line: "... a breath or two before his last and summative thought, his bitter and tragic final realization, and it was only this; that so few had ever glimpsed the deepest and most beautiful intentions of his heart."

Feb 04, 2017

An insight into the emotions and thoughts of people on drugs and what it sometimes takes to get out of a generational pattern. Okay dry first sentence, the book is also entertaining and has some humor. I was motivated to read this book because Lynn Neary of NPR suggested this title on Dec 22, 2016: "Still Puzzled By The Election? Authors Prescribe Fiction For Better Understanding."

Oct 07, 2016

What a great debut! Believable characters, natural voices, and the dialogue is sometimes funny, sometimes heart-wrenching. A palette of seriously messed-up people for whom Mulhauser manages to create great tenderness.

Sep 02, 2016

I loved this book. Critics did not rate this book high. I thought it was a mile a minute thrill ride. Meth heads do act like the "comic relief " in this book but they behave that way in real life,too. The antics of these addicts are sadly too close to brain fried speed freaks. The dumb moves by them are totally possible and do not down play the serious nature of the action and story. Short and beautiful. ( if you like southern gothic novels now & then)

Apr 24, 2016

This book was exactly what I thought it was going to be, a quick read about methheads in the hills. It had some humor and a good story, I enjoyed it as a Sunday diversion. There were some interesting tiny mistakes in the story but if you don't try to pick it apart it is alright.

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