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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  20,523 ratings  ·  1,713 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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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 ...more
Thomas Strömquist
After a practice run with Joey in the preceding Skinny Dip, Hiaasen went for a female lead in this one. I think he pulled it off and the book is just as an amusing and worthwhile read as any in his bibliography.
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have read six Hiaasen novels, and of his adult fiction this is my least favorite. It is not a bad book; it is just not an interesting book. The characters in "Nature Girl" seem more "normal" then in many of Hiaasen's previous efforts and, ironically, despite the normality of the characters they come off as less human (and thus less real) then some of his craziest characters from previous efforts. And I can't figure out why.
The plot is characteristic Hiaasen, the only deviations being that it
Mike Campa
May 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Feb 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Books Ring Mah Bell
Aug 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a humorous summer read
Recommended to Ms.pegasus by: Joe Cummings
Shelves: fiction
Anyone familiar with the Darwin Awards will recognize the seemingly inexhaustible variations on human stupidity of Hiaasen's characters. Since this is fiction, however, readers need not feel that twinge of appalled guilt. Moreover, in Hiaasen's world of the Florida Keys, there is good stupid and bad stupid.

Hiaasen has populated NATURE GIRL with a gallery of colorful characters who launch bad choices like boomerangs guaranteed to deliver absurdist indignities. It all begins with a telemarketing
Jun 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: humour
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 ...more
Jul 15, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars

My cat jumped on my keyboard and delete a whole paragraph of review, argh!

So, I bumped it up for the laughs at the end. This started slowly, mainly because we are introduced and get to know several characters, which is a slow build. This is the story of all of them and how their lives intertwined on an island off the Everglades. There is the little bit of a nut job mom that wants to teach a lesson to a telemarketer that insults her after she complains for interrupting her dinner with
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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
Dec 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fiction - Comic

Another funny book, featuring Hiaasen's trademark wacky and disparate characters, who find their paths crossing with hilarious results. His underlying message of man's greed and stupidity ruining Earth's precious eco-structure resonates strongly with me.

In Nature Girl, Hiaasen targets telemarketers as well as those destroy habitats and foul Earth's water and land. Honey Santana is a great gal, a 6 foot pretty woman sharing custody of her son, Fry, with her ex-husband Perry.
Mar 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 06, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
David Anderson
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like to jokingly refer to Carl Hiaasen as the chronicler of #FloridaMan, but Hiaasen has been plying his trade for decades, well before there was such a hashtag (or hashtags even existed). His comic-crime novels set in Florida and full of quirky characters are always a gas. Few writers make me laugh out loud while reading them like Hiaasen does. I like best his series featuring Skink (aka Clinton Tyree, former Governor of Florida who quit his job in disgust over rampant corruption), but his ...more
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Feb 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009
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. :)
Sep 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comedy-thriller
I've had to add a new category to my bookshelf, just in case I decide to re-read and review some of the earlier books I read by Hiaasen. I've often had trouble knowing whether to call them "mysteries" because I wasn't ever quite sure what was going to happen next and sometimes, know who was behind the insane schemes and anomie of which these novels consist or whether to call them "black comedy" because Hiaasen uses his work to provide a cathartic release from the frustration he encountered ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Joe Cummings
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Carl Hiaasen’s 2006 novel Nature Girl , the author once again takes a satirical look at mankind’s ruination of the state of Florida. In the past, the bad guys in his stories have ranged from greedy land developers to greedy casino-building Indians. This time, his focus is on that bane of mankind: telemarketers whose calls disrupt our lives at inconvenient times with promises of a little piece of the Floridian paradise at a special low price. The heroine of the tale is the quixotic (or ...more
Oct 23, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-book, mystery
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 ...more
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
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!
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I've never read this author before but I get that he has a particular style that might be fine in small doses but 300 hundred pages of unrelenting crassness gets pretty boring pretty quick. Also, the book touches on some difficult topics like the genocide of Native Americans, sexual violence towards women, and mental illness in a way that was heavy handed, and blunt, and yet somehow not at all revealing, or illuminating. This felt a little like a shell game -- this showing but revealing nothing. ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A raucous satire. All the characters you are introduced to, play a part throughout the story, all the way to the end. A fun fast read
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: maybe a hard-up Elmore Leonard fan
Tonight I went downstairs to my fiction library checking out how many copies of Carl Hiaasen novels I own.
Almost all of them - paperback, trade paperback, and hardcover... about 45.
I enjoyed this one but I don't have the energy to review this.
It was an exhausting read but it was fun.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 11th-grade
Who thought that you could take a corrupt sales person, a drug dealer, an Indian, and a stalker, and put it into a story and make it fun? Well that is what just happened when I read Nature Girl. The lessons shown in this book were that some people can't change, no matter what you do to them. Also, it was very nice to see a divorced couple get back together then, showing that love wins over in the end. I liked this book very much and would recommend it to someone who wants an extremely ...more
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars

Location Southern Florida, Ten Thousand Islands
Characters Honey, Perry and Fry Sanchez, Louis Piejack, Boyd Shreave, Genie, Sammy Tigertail. Gillian

My thoughts

Honey (aka Nature Girl) may have the good looks, but she’s basically bordering bipolar. She writes letters, she stalks and berates and fights with anyone who in anyway seems to be encroaching on whatever values she may deem to be important on any given week. It’s all with the intention of ensuring that she is able to keep her 12
Nov 20, 2008 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Oct 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida, he joined the Miami Herald as a general assignment reporter and went on to work for the newspaper’s weekly magazine and prize-winning investigations team. As a journalist and author, Carl has spent most of his life advocating for the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family live in southern ...more
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