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Hassie Calhoun: A Las Vegas Novel of Innocence

2.91  ·  Rating Details ·  11 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
HASSIE CALHOUN, the first book of a trilogy, is a modern bildungsroman about a lovely, determined and talented teenager from the late 1950s/early 60s rural Texas, who flees a difficult family situation to seek fame and fortune as an entertainer in Las Vegas. Her beauty opens doors immediately, but leads only to a sybaritic lifestyle controlled by her brooding and dangerous ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Mighty Media Press (first published June 1st 2011)
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Nancy
I picked up an ARC version of this novel for $1. Wasn't sure what I was going to get.

This is Pramela Cory's debut novel. First in a trilogy.

I liked the novel because of its' mechanics. The writing was direct and the dialogue believable. Most main characters were clearly portrayed.

As for the story, this is bildungsroman, a classic story of a 17 YEAR OLD (I need to emphasize the age) who runs away from her small town home in Texas because her stepfather is abusing her and her mother does not beli
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Alun Hood
May 10, 2011 Alun Hood rated it it was amazing
What a delightful book this is. In her debut novel (the first part of a trilogy...and I for one can't wait for the next installment), Cory displays an unerring sense of place and period (Las Vegas during the Rat Pack era), combined with a keen ear for authentic sounding dialogue, satisfying characterisations (the eponymous heroine rings especially true, veering from utterly adorable to completely slappable sometimes within a couple of pages, but always with total credibility) and a page-turning ...more
Janel
Jun 16, 2013 Janel rated it it was ok
What an entirely stupid female protagonist. The book club guide in the back of the book asks "How much so you want to slap Hassie?" My answer is quite a lot. God, she is a terrible example of a woman! But unfortunately I can connect a lot of her behavior to other women I know. Sad. This book is filled with strange storytelling that seems to take itself too seriously. But it's summer beach reading season and I like Las Vegas so I went the distance and finished it.
K.S.
Mar 10, 2012 K.S. rated it it was amazing
This novel is the real deal. Sin City in the sixties. Sinatra. JFK. A novel about a young woman trying to become a singing sensation in Las Vegas as the square fifties turn into the hip sixties. There’s Pal Joey-style musical savvy and Casino-style violence, New Frontier optimism, mob machismo and Rat Pack ring-a-ding-ding. And it’s only the first part of a trilogy. Bring on book two!
Tara Chevrestt
Made it to 50 percent, abandoned it after she slept with Frank. I found this very disappointing. The heroine acts way older than 17, except for the dumb decisions she makes about men. The story doesn't feel historical either. You wouldn't know it was the 60s if it wasn't for the names mentioned.
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Apr 19, 2011 Ashley marked it as to-read
I know the writers mother....reading this one for her (not so much for me....)
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