Teenage years are tough, especially for Hailey Trosclair who has an emotionally absent mother, a cheating drunk for a father and a brother (Cyrus) who can find trouble without looking. A look into one of New Orleans more troubled sides of town shows how a sweet innocent girl can have a series of events that leads her to take desperate measures, for herself and for her family to survive. The trouble comes from multiple sides and leaves Hailey without many choices, or so she sees it.
**2 - I tried to love Hailey’s character, I even tried to like bad boy brother Cyrus - I couldn’t. I felt there was so much time spent on the use of adjectives in the descriptions that the character development missed several key elements that would have allowed me to be able to connect emotionally with these characters. There was a random feel to the story at times, almost like we were missing chapters that might explain how we got here or why. The basic plot line of following Hailey in the worst part of her life was good, but some of the dialogue felt awkward, not as ‘trashy’ as the characters seemed to be. The ending left me asking so many questions that it felt incomplete.
Apr 13, 2009