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Nature Girl

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  15,862 ratings  ·  1,373 reviews
In his latest New York Times bestseller, Hiaasen introduces impassioned, possibly bipolar, self-proclaimed queen of lost causes Honey Santana, who schemes to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference, and dinnertime sales calls.
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published November 14th 2006 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published 2006)
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Mike Campa
Lucky You, Skin Tight, Basket Case, Striptease...all books by Carl Hiaasen and all great. Very similar formats, also - Very bad but stupid bad guys and very good and pure good guys. The good guys always win and the bad guys get pretty much totally destroyed. But, the books are funny, rather than violent even though violence does happen...funny violence, if you will. And, the best part is that everything takes place in Florida! Often in the Everglades with heat, humidity, and bugs. Since I grew u ...more
I love how Hiaasen's books are always a hoot. The characters are wacky, the plots are ridiculous, and Florida always comes out on top.

In Hiassen's 11th book, he tells the story of a bizarre cast of characters: Honey Santana, a bi-polar mom whose heart is in the right place but who doesn't exactly think things through, her skateboarding son Fry, Fry's "ex-father" (Honey's ex-husband) Perry Skinner, Louis Piejack -- Honey's stalker, a clueless telemarketer named Boyd Shreave, Boyd's leggy mistres
If you're at all familiar with Carl Hiaasen's fiction, you pretty much know what to expect when you crack open one of his novels. Hiaasen, who probably invented the genre Wacky Florida Eco/Crime Fiction, has in the past been a brilliant satirist on crazy goings-on in Florida, and every novel he's written pretty much sticks to the same format: Someone (or some entity) commits an eco-crime against Florida, is usually abetted (or the story is otherwise embellished) by an assortment of wackjobs uniq ...more
This is one of those pleasantly zany books where an eclectic mix of characters is scrambled together in a madcap plot and much sex, violence, and hilarity results. I've seen it done better, I've seen it done much worse, but I'm kind of digging how many books make out Florida to be the epicenter of American weirdness. (No offense, Floridians - I've only ever spent a week there attending a conference at the Disneyworld Hilton.)

So, the characters:

Honey Santana: Bipolar "Queen of Lost Causes" who, a
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Once again, Hiaasen takes readers to the Florida wilderness – this time to the Ten Thousand Islands, of Southwestern Florida. Honey Santana is righteous in her indignation, smart, resourceful and possibly bipolar. She’s had it with people’s lack of civility and decides to take a stand when telemarketer Boyd Shreave calls her a “dried up old skank.” She tracks him down and tricks him in to believing he’s won a trip to a lovely eco-resort. Now she’s taken him and his mi
I don't even know what to say about this book. I listened to it on tape in my car and even nearly a month later I still haven't digested my thoughts on it. I did listen to the whole thing through out of morbid curiosity, but I don't know that I can say I liked it. The characters were so completely unrelatable that I never got attached to them. They were all just a little too extreme, a little too crazy. This is my first Hiaasen book, so maybe it's just that I'm not used to his style, but I'd rea ...more
Carl Hiassen is a wild and crazy guy.His books are over the edge eco-terrorist stuff. His characters are all screwballs but folks you would like to party with! In this one Honey is off her meds and reacts to the poor behavior if a telephone solicitor with and an elaborate action-revenge plan! A beach read that will make you laugh out loud.
Not as good as others by him. The mayhem is convoluted, as usual in Hiaasen's novels, but the build-up to the normally scatty-funny violent scenes doesn't quite generate the idiot-logic pace of earlier books. But I read this in four or five mid-night sessions, so maybe I missed the train-wreck pace that usually brings the release-laughs.
Hiaasen's motley (and altogether new) bunch of minor miscreants with ideas well beyond their IQ entangle themselves in a series of gradually knotting story-stri
Books Ring Mah Bell
Hiaasen is my new favorite "guilty pleasure" author.

So what if you don't learn anything from the books? Or, maybe you do learn things! Like how to outsmart a cocky telemarketer and how not to put all your cash into Beanie Babies for a HUGE payoff later.

So what if he's not Shakespeare? Hell, maybe he is a modern day William! He's pure satire and cynicism. He's hilarious. Brilliant.
I bought this book in the Minneapolis airport when I was Jonesing for something light to read on the plane and during a long layover in Atlanta. I was not disappointed. There are a LOT of laugh out loud lines -- along with some biting political and social commentary -- which are Hiaasen's saving grace and why I read his books despite their cartoonish absurdity. The guy sitting next to me in business class on the 737, reading Brad Thor's latest, kept looking over at me enviously as I chortled and ...more
Sep 06, 2007 Thea rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hiaasen fans
Shelves: pastbooksread
I hadn't read any Hiaasen books recently, so I picked this one up. Several characters from his previous books appear in Nature Girl. At this point, I have read so many of his books, I can see the plot points coming a mile away. His writing has become predictable--you can tell which characters will die, which will survive but get their comeuppence, and which will be victorius. His characters have become caricatures of his commonly used stereotypes. As always, the environmental message is strong. ...more
Lame. The whole book, it just never hooked me. It was fairly difficult to get to the end of the story, but I don't like to quit, so I slogged through. I listened to the audio book, which was perhaps a part of my under-enjoyment of this poorly written book. The narrator chose to use completely annoying voices for a few of the characters. Once I got past the narration, I was simply disappointed by the story line and the character development. "Nature Girl" is a terrible title. I recommend calling ...more
3.5 stars. Once again, I find myself wanting to sit down with Mr. Hiaasen so I can ask him how he comes up with some of his material.

There is a lot going on in this book, which makes it hard to summarize. The main character, Honey Santana, along with her ex-Perry Skinner, is trying to raise their son, Fry, to be a gentlemen in Florida. She values dinnertime the most as that's the one time it's just her and her son. But every night during dinner, the telemarketers call (which made me wonder if t
As usual Carl dishes up a dose of Florida's craziest characters and their stories. In fact there's a few crazy characters that arrive from out of state. Your sides will be aching after reading this tale of revenge and nature at it's finest. There's never a dull moment in a book by Carl Hiaasen!
Gerald Sinstadt
Not a book to give to your maiden aunt for a present. The theme is predominantly sex, and the language alows few euphemisms. It is also very, very funny. Hiaason fans will know what to expect.

Like all good farce, it begins with a reasonably plausible premise - single Mum having dinner with her son is annoyed by a cold call telemarketrt - and develops a series of increasingly complex situations. Here, they involve a sea food salesman who has his fineries bitten off by a crab, a half-white/half Se
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
Funny. Carl Hiassen still has it. But I do wonder if he is looking in my families windows. He always comes up with the oddest characters. :)
I saw a copy of this at my daughter’s house a year or so ago; I glanced at it and had enough sense to put it right back down, but for some reason I took the large-print version out of the library this past week. Carl Hiaasen writes a weekly column for the Miami Herald and has published more than ten novels. This one will probably never be a movie, which is almost too bad, as there is a lot of visual humor throughout the book, which is a madcap whirl of involved plotting, but there are two cinema ...more
What I like about Carl Hiaasen's books is that they are filled with a crazy riot of quirky characters and situations that would seem to be entirely insane and unrealistic but somehow read as entirely possible. The main characters are also unique individuals (some would say crazy people) with deep-seated values and opinions. You cannot help but love and root for them. This book is no exception. The main plot line follows Honey Santana, a single mom living in the Everglades, who takes offense at t ...more
Shawn Sorensen
Learned a little, laughed a little, just enough to get through the whole thing. Books like this may be ending the popular Florida mystique. You still have to have a good story, and this is mass market material at its sell-out finest. There were a couple of laughs and adroit turns of phrase - a lazy, loser character is described as "staunchly incurious and devoid of awe" - sometimes it's funny when the action stops so that the machinations in a character's mind are revealed, and the character arc ...more
Oct 11, 2007 Cecilia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery fans/humor seekers
Shelves: favorites
I just love Hiaasen’s books. I’ve read almost all of them and I get quite excited when I hear about his next one coming out. Some are better than others and this one is pretty darn good. But regardless, his stories are always filled with plenty of humor and excitement, though not without losing sight of its roots as a mystery. This time, the “mystery” part deals with just one aspect of the story…Hiaasen’s stories are also usually chocked filled with many characters and many different subplots. T ...more
I loved Hoot and since I like kayaking and nature I thought I might like Nature Girl. Not so. Some of the characters were kind of funny, but I think they would have been better as extras, not leading ladies and gents. Most verged on ridiculousness (a drug-running mafioso ex-husband, a bipolar vengeful mom, a do-nothing telemarketer, a lecherous fishmonger, etc.) and I didn't connect with anyone. All of these very eccentric characters collide on an island in the Everglades and chaos ensues, but n ...more
Honey Santana is borderline bipolar, if not strong-willed towards the pointless. She has it in her head to teach a random, rude telemarketer a thing or two about manners by conjuring up a grand scheme to get slimy sadsack Boyd Shreve all the way to the Florida everglades with his mistress, Eugenie Fonda (possibly a cousin of Jane). But unfortunately for Honey, bumps arise in her plan, in the form of her sexually harassing former boss, Piejack, and a half-Seminole named Sammy Tigertail running fr ...more
Sarcasm and irony at it's best. Loved that the main character (Honey), with bi-polar issues, was more sane then those around her (except for her ex and son, who mostly chased her around to keep her out of trouble). Great book about modern human nature...very much enjoyed listening to it on audio. The reader (Lee Adams)was fantastic.
Wack jobs in the Everglades, Eco-terrorism, too many people off their meds (besides the heroine), slapstick-to-the-point -of-horrifying. The inciting event is bad manners of a telemarketer. (Yeah like that is so beyond the pale that mayhem would ensue. ) Nope, did not buy it, and couldn't fully join in enough to enjoy the "fun". I wish this wasn't quite the slog it turned out to be for me. I do wonder if another of this author's books might be a better match for my attention span, which is unrel ...more
Ron Chicaferro
As a big fan of Carl Hiaasen its tough not to like all of his books. The amazing characters in his books are enough reason to buy them - let alone the great story lines. You can't help cheering for Nature Girl. She might have her problems but she is a fighter all the way. Her loyalty is steadfast and true. The characters in this book range from a couple of truly terrible people to some really nice but flawed people - characters you might encounter in real life. Most of the story takes place in a ...more
What a fun trip! The characters are wacky but in a warm-hearted, real, touching way. The story is bizarre but in a fun, interesting way. All in all, a delightful story and a fun read.
This was not a book within my usual 'box' of reading but I did enjoy it. It is a quirky, humorous story with an array of crazy characters. I could see this story being made into a ridiculous movie, one which I doubt I would enjoy or even watch, but as a novel it was fun because of Hiassen's style of writing, what he offers in information outside of the story and his personal commentaries done very well through his characters. I enjoyed the book (audio version) and will probably even read another ...more
Apr 25, 2010 Dawn rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: kindle
I picked this one up in an airport several years ago, and just now got around to reading it. I've read a couple of other books by Hiassen before and found them entertaining, but this one just didn't do it for me. I think it was that I found several of the characters unlikeable and the situations they found themselves in were direct results of their own stupidity, so I couldn't even have any sympathy for them, either. A different person could find it absolutely hysterical, though - the potential ...more
What a deeply weird book. Not quite as funny as other Hiaasen books I've read, but there is something truly wonderful about getting back at telemarketers.
John Robinette
I really enjoy Carl Hiaasen and Nature Girl was a typically fun read complete with his crazy plot twists, usual cast of eccentrics, and jabs at modern living. Mostly set in the Everglades, this mystery seemed a bit forced at times. Some of the crazy character attributes were a bit overdone, even for Hiaasen, and a couple plot elements forced. None-the-less, if you are looking for a distraction from serious reading and want something fun you can plow through in a few evenings, this, like any Hiaa ...more
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives with his family. After graduating from the University of Florida, he began writing for the Miami Herald. As a journalist and author, Carl has spend most of his life advocating the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family still live in southern Florida.
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