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Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen
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Nature Girl is Carl Hiaasen's latest, but not his greatest. A seasoned Hiaasen reader--especially a Floridian Hiaasen reader--will still find the book amusing, but I wouldn't recommend it as an introduction to the author. (Tourist Season, Lucky You, and Native Tongue would be better intro books.) As someone who is familiar with both the book's author and setting, I enjoyed references to religious zealots from Zolfo Springs (the sorry-ass location of my first and only speeding ticket), as well as a simile comparing a crashing sound to that of a head-on collision on Krome Avenue (a street running through Homestead, which I claim as my hometown).

Like all of Hiaasen's novels, Nature Girl is believably absurd in most respects, but I think sex scenes collectively constituted the weakest aspect of this particular book. They crossed the line between bizarre and corny. For example, comparing sex to alligator wrestling isn't sexy or even funny; it's just dumb and, well, dumb.
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