Monday, December 28, 2009

Review: Dirty Little Angels

Dirty Little Angels
by Chris Tusa (2009)

Livingstone Press, Alabama

I received this ebook from Chris Tusa on Librarything’s Member Giveaway.

Dirty Little Angels is the story of 16-year-old Hailey and her dysfunctional family among New Orleans’ abandoned buildings. Hailey and her brother Cyrus follow the ideas of Moses, a failed preacher; but soon they find themselves trapped in a world of drugs, fear, danger and people with “septic water running through (their) veins”.

The author’s intention in writing the book is to describe the underground world, that sometimes rises to the surface in the worst way, such as newspaper’s chronicle section.
The genre of this book fits in the dark side of our everyday’s life, “as if all the stars had fallen out of the sky.”

The story starts very slow and seems never to take off, so while reading the book you just ask yourself: how many cigarettes do they smoke in this book? answer: “I dunno.”
Something changes when Hailey talks with a terminally ill man and desires to change her life; this changes also the book’s plot: a spark of hope, although the fate of these people is like “dirty angels” (too heavy for flying).
If you accept this low flying enjoy this book, otherwise …

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