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Nature Girl

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  14,019 ratings  ·  1,254 reviews
From "the funniest important writer in America" (Miami Herald) comes a tale that is gleefully zany and incisively sharp and now available in trade paperback for the first time.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2006)
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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...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...more
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
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.
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
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...more
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.
Sep 06, 2007 Thea rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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...more
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
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
Peter Auber
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Rarely do I find myself sitting alone and chuckling or even laughing aloud while reading a book but I’ll admit that I did these things more than once while reading “Nature Girl.”

The characters in this book are spectacular! No one is perfect but none of these characters even come close! They’re hilarious, frustrating, weird, confusing… I’m going to run out of adjectives. The characters in “Nature Girl” are each a lot of fun!

The story is a conglomeration of widely disparate stories that all collid...more
Since I first encountered Carl Hiaasen's name while exploring the works of Christopher Moore, it seems natural to compare the works of the two. This is the first of this author's works I've read, though, and a thorough comparison might be premature. But first impressions are informative in their own way, and so here goes.

I liked this story a lot. It was a relatively quick read. Characters were well-formed, and there was just the right number of them. The author did a good job of letting you get...more
Fun book and a perfect read for the first week of my summer. Hiaasen writes about characters and places in Florida, and this first book of his that I've read included several characters from Fort Worth! Perfect! The story in this tale is fun and fast and silly and outlandish---full of unbelievable sets of coincidences and outrageous characters, but it's also certainly entertaining.
Listened to this as an audiobook even though it isn't my usual style because I had some long drives coming up and needed something to keep me company. The writing is good, I don't have any complaints. The characters are wacky; they and the plots resemble those found in a Cohen brothers movie. It's offbeat but not as funny and not as dark as the Cohen brothers. Just on the other side of normal with a penchant for getting into trouble. It was read by Jane Curtin whose performance was perfect and d...more
I needed a quick, funny read and Carl Hiaasen has always proved a reliable source of laughs and dark humour in the past. Nature Girl, like his previous books, is set among the trailer parks, strip malls and low laying waterfront of Florida's Everglades. Heroine Honey Santana is a fierce single mom with a strong sense of justice (especially when she's off her meds). When a Texas phone solicitor rubs her the wrong way she plots to lure the pompous, self-absorbed employee to the Everglades for some...more
I had read one or two of Carl Hiaasen's books and had enjoyed his more-than-slightly-off-kilter view of the world, Florida residents in particular. I picked this one up on audio because I had listened to its narrator read another book and thought that her mix of accents and Mr. Hiaasen's mix of characters would be a terrific match. I wasn't disappointed. The only downside of this novel was that it felt too much like a travelog/history in some places, where the action (and by this I mean characte...more
Nicole Marble
Long ago I read every John D. McDonald book and, among other things, learned a bit about Florida.
This book looks at a slightly different Florida, a funnier Florida - think Elmore Leonard plus Bill Bryson.
A 5 star discovery - I will look for more!
Typical Hiassen, who I admire for his style. None of his books are memorable unless you're in the midst of reading one, and (I suppose) if you haven't already gotten used to Hiassen's humor. In other words, not memorable at all, but who cares?
Jan 22, 2009 Deanna rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Deanna by: Dad
Every character in this book could have benefited from a bit of therapy. An easy read, but how could so many characters in one place be so messed up.

An easy read, but unlike Hiaasen's other books, not one that I would recommend.
Nov 22, 2008 Missy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone wanting a comic adventure...and who doesn't?
Good stuff. Easy read. Lots of humor and some of it disgusting. Great characters. Carl Hiaasen is a local author so there is a lot of neat Floridian details- making it believable regardless of how off the wall it is.
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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 southern Florida.
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