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Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa

Dirty Little Angels

by Chris Tusa

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  sochri | Nov 21, 2017 |
I read this as an ebook after a request from Mr. Tusa. While I typically do not like the ebook format (I want a physical item in my hands), I am glad I took a chance on this book. I have a very deep love for New Orleans and having this book set there made me all the more interested in seeing how the characters dealt with life, especially as it was set pre-Katrina.

The writing style flows well and it's easy to "see" each scene the characters are in. The main character's problems are so well written that you can't help but feel for her and what she's going through. The book doesn't tell you every little thing and there are lapses of time between chapters but this is also very helpful to the story. You are able to see the progression of characters and plot without having to wade through the repetitive aspect of everyday in their lives.

I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read about the strength one teenage girl has to not only overcome the small hurdles in her life but also to accept the large aspects of who she is and where she comes from. ( )
  oraclejenn | Dec 15, 2015 |
I'll give this book 4.5 stars. It was a great story but very dark. I loved the ending; it was sad but powerful. I thought this book was a realistic and accurate portrayal of a family in crisis. ( )
  DaphneH | Dec 1, 2014 |
This isn't a book I particularly liked. It is a sad, depressing, dark, story filled with nasty people and themes. I like dark literature and certainly don't need a happy ending to enjoy a book but this had no redemption for anyone and none of the characters had any redeeming qualities. The only one who could be seen to have grown throughout the book is the father, and he's a minor character. Even though I didn't like the characters or the story, the book is well-written and at no point did I ever consider not finishing it. ( )
  ElizaJane | Nov 9, 2014 |
In "Dirty Little Angels" I found the authors ability to convey tone impressive. It was well defined, described in various ways, and constant throughout the book. The drama was intense and at the same time understated which I thought was a good representaton of the narrators character and outlook on life. The intentions of some of the minor charachters were hard to identify but it wasnt necesarrily a fault.

At first I thought this story was set several decades in the past and only realized it was more current because of pop culture references, some of this might be due to it taking place in the south, and area I am not familiar with. That also made it a fun read for me, since I saw a little bit of the southern culture. ( )
  frankiejones | May 16, 2014 |
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Set in the slums of New Orleans, among crack houses and abandoned buildings, Dirty Little Angels is the story of 16-year-old Hailey Trosclair. When the Trosclair family suffers financial hardship and a miscarriage, Hailey finds herself looking to God to save her family. When her prayers go unanswered, Hailey puts her faith in Moses Watkins, a failed preacher and ex-con. Fascinated by Moses¿ lopsided view of religion, Hailey and her brother Cyrus begin spending time at an abandoned bank that Moses plans to convert into a drive-through church. Gradually, Moses¿ twisted religious beliefs become increasingly more violent, and Hailey and Cyrus find themselves trapped in a world of danger and fear from which there may be no escape.… (more)

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