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Hush Puppy

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Hush Puppy is the story of inteligent Corrine, abandoned by her mother, and artsy Jamie, forced to play football by a redneck father, who both dream of leaving their podunk town and never looking back. Their shared love of literature and a dream of a better life bring them together and a romance blossoms between them in a secret place of their own in the steamy North Carol ...more
ebook, 232 pages
Published August 18th 2013 by Featherweight Press (first published August 17th 2013)
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Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Engrossing!!! very upbeat. The illustrations of a young girl growing with loads of trouble is commendable. Its a page turner for sure. Most of the times I felt that I am a part of the story. It was very lively. I am giving it 4 stars because, I personally didn't like the ending, it was a bit quick and hurried. But nonetheless, very good experience. Lisa, wow, the story was wonderful, the visuals were exceptionally well thought up.

I will surely recommend it to everybody.
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
Black girl on the cover? Check.

I am surprised as hell that I loved this considering the setting and the behaviors of some of the characters, but Corinne was such a great heroine. She kept her eyes on the prize, which was college. She was a smart black girl who liked being smart. I like reading about nerdy black girls and YA doesn't write enough of them. And yet, Hush Puppy reminded me of why I'm so thankful that I don't live in some backward southern town where it seems the civil rights movement
C.J. Burright
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored Hush Puppy by Lisa Cresswell. Corrine’s hopes and fears were so palpable I felt them right along with her. Every time she expected Jamie to break her heart, I wanted to believe she was wrong, but with the Romeo and Juliet references, I never knew for sure what was coming next. Sorry, no spoilers here! Hush Puppy is a sweet, sweet story of conquering prejudices, forgiveness and family, and a reminder that positive perspective, determination, and the support of one special pers ...more
Morgan Shamy
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story. Cresswell knows how to touch the reader's heart and immerse you completely into her world. Wonderful setting and realistic characters. Definitely a page-turner!
Marissa Ames
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The first thing I noticed about the book was, of course, the cover. Simple and stunning at the same time. It always amazes me how the book cover people can draw a reader in by just a black and white portrait.

Hush Puppy starts out simple and sweet: a 17-year-old black girl in North Carolina meets a white boy her age and starts a friendship. Corrine’s life is difficult, but it’s not stereotypically tragic. It’s something that many readers can relate to, as is Jamie’s. Corrine handles it well, thou
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book without being a reader of romance or YA fiction, but I have always being fascinated by interracial relationships, by the way people from (supposed) social background love each other even when almost everyone else fights against them.
Sometimes, these stories can be full of prejudices and oversimplifications, but this is not the case. With wonderful characters like Corinne and Jamie there is no room for stereotypes, they are not the average black-and-troubled girl and the whi
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jessica by: Lisa Truitt
Shelves: juv-and-ya, fiction
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Confession: This was shared with me digitally as a reader's copy from the author. It was one of the first books I put on my Kindle. Which I clearly didn't know how to use yet. So I read about 1/4 of the book and then accidentally deleted it, couldn't find it, blah blah. Fast forward to a couple weeks ago when I discovered that the ARCs I get from Edelweiss etc. are listed under "docs" not "books" and lo and behold - there's Hush Puppy, too! This public service
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Corrine, who dreams of college and traveling far away from her humble roots lives with her grandmother. Her mother abandoned her years ago for the fast life she wants to lead. A new neighbor, a young white boy, moves in across the way with his drunk and abusive father. She and Jamie form an easy bond that turns to love; one where they both can be themselves. Once they head back to school in the Fall their relationship is not as easy to maintain and their relationship experiences some roughness. ...more
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So glad I took the chance

I was Leary and I can't remember why. This book was was everything I wanted it to be. Although sometimes I felt like it was set in the 60's and no time was really specified,I understood the underlying racial tension even in a modern time.the romance in the book was the perfect tone for a high school relationship.the book was very subtle and coaxed you into a different place and time. 5 stars isn't enough.
Debey Sklenar
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Cresswell's descriptions are stunning. She really makes you feel as if you are right there within the story. And the characters' emotions leap out of the page into your senses.

Loved the story and the descriptions! I wish I could write with such a flow! The only thing that gave me pause was the story seemed to wrap up a bit quickly and smoothly at the end. Everything else about it was superb!
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was really impressed with this novel. The characters are easy to love and you find yourself championing for them after just a few chapters. This story takes place in North Carolina but truly could have happened anywhere which makes it easy to connect with the story and the emotions. The imagery is also fantastic, so much so, that I found myself wondering what the characters would do next at the end of the day. Really a great read for any age and I enjoyed the book a lot.
Tiffany Tucker
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
The best part about "Hush Puppy" is the moment when Jamie and Corrine discovered the beauty of being themselves. Trying to please others is draining. I loved the pacing of the story and chemistry between Corrine and Jamie. It is fresh and pure.
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A complete pageturner. The story touched my heart. I am still in the aura of the book. Very beautifully written. Vey good read.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I just can't finish this one, it is definitely a teen fiction and not made for adults. I can see how this could potentially be a very powerful story but the characters are pretty two-dimensional and unrelateable. The loner black girl and the loner white boy finding love despite all the odds...where have I heard this before....
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was ok

I mean seriously this is the fourth book this week that I just couldn't get.. I am still wondering at what point did this story lose me?

Hmmm I would say it was actually right before the whole Trisha downfall. I have zero feelings about this book, I am trying to find something I liked... HA it's probably because the book is about teens that could be my problem with it! "Hush puppy" was a freaking doormat I mean seriously, even when she tried to have a back bone it turned out looking like a j
Misty Iputi
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
First, I need to say the storyline and the actual story was was good and well written and for the most part I thoroughly enjoyed reading the struggles of a young girl growing up and how racism is still alive and words can be used in the wrong way even though they are used by definition.
Second, I have not thought I would be need to use race or racism in my reviews however this book changed that. I need to point out in the book that the way it is used Redneck is as much slur as the "N" w
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Great book with a great unexpected ending.
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