Let's No One Get Hurt Read Online Free - Huck Finn meets We the Animals in this dreamy yet urgent Southern Gothic tale
Fifteen-year-old Pearl is squatting in an abandoned boathouse with her father, a disgraced college professor, and two other grown men, deep in the swamps of the American South. All four live on the fringe, scavenging what they can--catfish, lumber, scraps for their ailing dog. Despite the isolation, Pearl feels at home with her makeshift family: the three men care for Pearl and teach her what they know of the world.
Mason Boyd, aka "Main Boy," is from a nearby affluent neighborhood where he and his raucous friends ride around in tricked-out golf carts, shoot their fathers' shotguns, and aspire to make Internet pranking videos. While Pearl is out scavenging in the woods, she meets Main Boy, who eventually reveals that his father has purchased the property on which Pearl and the others are squatting. With all the power in Main Boy's hands, a very unbalanced relationship forms between the two kids, culminating in a devastating scene of violence and humiliation.
With the cinematic and terrifying beauty of the American South humming behind each line, Jon Pineda's Let's No One Get Hurt is a coming-of-age story set equally between real-world issues of race and socioeconomics, and a magical, Huck Finn-esque universe of community and exploration.
|Title||:||Let's No One Get Hurt|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
March 24, 2018
***ARC provided by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in exchange for an honest review.***
Told in an almost poetic prose. A modern picaresque novel divided in seemingly fragmented chapters,
about a young girl living in the swamps of the deep south, with nothing to call her own but her untamed spirit and he...
November 10, 2017
This is a gem of a novel that reads as if it emerged fully formed from a poetic dreamscape inside Jon Pineda's heart. The language is precise and surprising, the sentences tight tight tight. Fragmented moments accumulate into an unforgettable portrait of a place and of characters seldom seen in l...
January 01, 2018
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'For the last few years I’ve had no choice but to become someone else.'
This is a strange book, but then fifteen-year-old Pearl is living no ordinary life. Squatting in an abandoned boathouse with her father, who we learn was once a college profes...
March 06, 2018
Pearl is a teenager desperately trying to come of age in the midst of her own chaotic world. She lives with her father and two fellow squatters in an abandoned shack within a land development space. Their southern ways of life are harsh, impoverished, and wild, but they are a tight-knit unit brou...
March 29, 2018
Sometimes I really wish some books did not have to be this violent – physically, emotionally or mentally. But I also think sometimes we need to show that violence for what the world is and art does imitate life after all. “Let’s No One Get Hurt” is so redemptive and yet somehow seemed so dark as...
February 22, 2018
Pearl is a 15 year old girl in the deep South that is squatting with her father, a former college professor and now perpetual drunk, Dox and Fritters. She is a wild child living in a wild world surrounded by "flies" Main Boy being the most talked about. He and his friends get into all kinds of hi...
February 12, 2018
Thank you Netgalley and FSG for the ARC.
Pearl's a wild one living in a boathouse with her fellow squatters. This book is one long chapter broken down in easy readable soundbites. Pearl's observations of life around her, the haves and have-nots. This is poetry in motion, a strong story.
November 29, 2017
By far, one of the most beautiful and moving novels I've read in a very long time. Pearl is resilient yet vulnerable. Her voice is captivating. The language and landscape are precise yet dreamy. This book deserves a wide audience, and I truly hope it gets one!
April 09, 2018
Jon Pineda's Let's No One Get Hurt is a coming-of-age story set in the Deep South of the USA. It sounded right up my street, and I was eager to give it a go. Pineda has structured his work with a series of short fragments and vignettes, all of which build to create the full story. The narrative v...
March 31, 2018
This novel is absolutely gorgeous. A friend read it in one sitting on a plane ride and then passed it on to me--I read it in 3-4 hours. I don't think I even put it down to go to the bathroom, it had that much of a hold on me. It was totally immersive & arresting: what I could relate to (Pearl...