Honey Girl (Honey Girl, #1) by Lisa Freeman


Honey Girl (Honey Girl, #1)
Title : Honey Girl (Honey Girl, #1)
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ISBN : 1632204258
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288

How to survive California s hottest surf spot Never go anywhere without a bathing suit Never cut your hair Never let them see you panic.The year is 1972 Fifteen year old Haunani Nani Grace Nuuhiwa is transplanted from her home in Hawaii to Santa Monica, California after her father s fatal heart attack Now the proverbial fish out of water, Nani struggles to adjust to her new life with her alcoholic white haole mother and the lineup of mean girls who rule State Beach.Following The Rules an unspoken list of dos and don ts Nani makes contact with Rox, the leader of the lineup Through a harrowing series of initiations, Nani not only gets accepted into the lineup, she gains the attention of surf god, Nigel McBride But maintaining stardom is harder than achieving it Nani is keeping several secrets that, if revealed, could ruin everything she s worked so hard to achieve Secret 1 She s stolen her dad s ashes and hidden them from her mom Secret 2 In order to get in with Rox and her crew, she spied on them and now knows far than they could ever let her get away with And most deadly of all, Secret 3 She likes girls, and may very well be in love with Rox.


Honey Girl (Honey Girl, #1) Reviews


  • Pearl Angeli

    3 Honey Stars A book rich in teenage drama, Honey Girl was a quick and lighthearted read The book tells the story of 15 year old Haunani Nani Grace Nuuhiwa who lives in Hawaii When her dad passed away, she and her mom moved to Los Angeles, California to start a new life In California she met a crowd that interests her the LA surfers crowd and a group of honey girls But of course she has to follow some rules and tips in order to belong.Admittedly, it took me a little while to warm up 3 Honey Stars A book rich in teenage drama, Honey Girl was a quick and lighthearted read The book tells the story of 15 year old Haunani Nani Grace Nuuhiwa who lives in Hawaii When her dad passed away, she and her mom moved to Los Angeles, California to start a new life In California she met a crowd that interests her the LA surfers crowd and a group of honey girls But of course she has to follow some rules and tips in order to belong.Admittedly, it took me a little while to warm up to the story not because it was boring or something but because I had a problem with the narrative style the author used in this book I felt disconnected because the narration tends to jump from one subject to another and most of it comes from Nani s random thoughts e.g In Hawaii, we called them kanaka pupule, but I nicknamed State Beach s bum Lolo Which is pidgin for crazy Back home, pidgin is day to day local talk, kind of mix for Creole, English, and Hawaiian. These random thoughts that just pop up all of a sudden kind of confuse me However, once I got the writing in the later parts, I finally felt the flow and rhythm of the story.The protagonist was an interesting character especially because of her fascination with both the boys and the girls For me she was genuine and real Her POV was also jovial, however, it has somewhat gone overboard with forced humor I get that the author aimed to put some sassiness in her character but it was lacking I guess the main thing that really bothered me was the side characters I wish they weren t too many Apart from that, these characters are also one dimensional and there was nothing about them that s truly remarkable They flew in and out of the story without even making a difference to Nani I guess the only character that has some sense to Nani was her mom I felt the raw emotions from her.There were little bits of dialogues in this book but for the most parts, it was all just descriptions I wish to see interactions with sensible conversations and not just about some nonsense things going on in their lives With everything being said, this book was a heart warming and genuine read The message was simple and clear How you value yourself, your family, and your friends is really important The settings are also beautiful I love beaches and everything summer so the book definitely made me feel as though I m having a tropical vacation somewhere On the other hand, I loved the rules and female mantras My favorites are Never snag another girl s boyfriend Start at the bottom if you want perfection Be nice, no matter what Treat people the way you want to be treated This book also offered LGBT vibes and I think this is one good diverse read that I can recommend to everyone especially to teenage readers If you are a die hard fan of YA contemporaries, then you are bound to like this book A copy of this book was sent to me by the author Lisa Freeman in exchange for an honest review Thank you, Lisa

  • Online Eccentric Librarian

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    Honey Girl is an engrossing coming of age story set in early 1970s Santa Monica, California Navigating the beach culture, adhering to strict unwritten rules for girls, and coming to understand her own self are at the heart of 15 year old half Hawaiian girl Nani s story.Synopsis Grieving over the recent loss of her larger than life Hawaiian father, Haunani Nani Grace Nuuhiwa is forced to relocate to her white haole mo

    More reviews and no fluff on the blog

    Honey Girl is an engrossing coming of age story set in early 1970s Santa Monica, California Navigating the beach culture, adhering to strict unwritten rules for girls, and coming to understand her own self are at the heart of 15 year old half Hawaiian girl Nani s story.Synopsis Grieving over the recent loss of her larger than life Hawaiian father, Haunani Nani Grace Nuuhiwa is forced to relocate to her white haole mother s territory Los Angeles She will have to integrate into the hierarchy of LA surfers, their honey girls , the valley girls, beach bums, sons of elite society, and also deal with her own deteriorating relationship with her mother Complicating things, Nani likes the girls just as much as the guys budding relationships with each gender will each have their own pitfalls Although the location is Southern California, the book is very much about Hawaiian culture before the corporate takeover of the Islands in the late 1970s The playground of the elite jetsetters and local stars like Don Ho, it was a Hawaii that was both laid back and very intimate where Nani s father owned a famous bar that attracted celebrities and surfers at the same time Nani loved her Hawaii and resents the move to the mainland.It is that intimate Hawaiian world that Nani brings to Santa Monica Following a strict set of rules laid out by her former surfer girl Aunt, Nani will use them as a guide to slowly navigate her way around the elite crowd at the beach At times she will succeed and at times she will fail but the book captures perfectly the game the girls will play both to survive and to thrive in a boy s world Jealousy, pettiness, camaraderie, viciousness, redemption Nani will find these and in the line up the elite girlfriends of the hottest surfers on the beach.The pathos in the book is what keeps the story moving and riveting From the callous disregard of the girls by the surfer boys to the teen girl machinations running as deep as the bay surf, it is beautifully played and faithfully low key There are no over the top antics or drama here no beach blanket bingo or MTV crassness No one is evil or good each character is looking to find their own place in the world And while this has a YA age character, Honey Girl is very definitely a book written for adults Never lurid, always grounded, it is an engaging read.From the description, one might assume the book was about Nani s budding love life and a statement about the LGBT But honestly, whether gravitating toward the boys or the girls, the story is about the bigger picture of Nani s life rather than a microcosm of the lurid Nani is dealing not only with the change in her life, accepting the death of her father but also an alcoholic mother only too eager to abandon Nani s Hawaiian heritage A heritage that Nani begins to question by the end of the story as she tries to apply Hawaiian surfer rules to the Los Angeles world Most of the interrelation scenes in the book are Nani feeling her way around unwritten but very static social s.I would imagine this is fairly close to being autobiographical there are so many bittersweet details of a Southern California and Hawaii now gone Skateboarders, Tab, roaches and joints, mismatched crochet bikini tops and hippy Topanga girls dolphin shorts and overgrown bougainvillea, iceplant borders along ocean side roads Really, the only thing missing was a stronger soundtrack and I felt that lack keenly The book doesn t embrace the songs of the era.This is a beautiful, grounded, and nostalgic flashback of 1970s Los Angeles surf culture, Hawaiian heritage, and the trials of growing up in an era of easy drugs, tricky subcultures, and great change Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher

  • Alyssa

    I was sent this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own Set in the summer of 1972 in California, we follow 15 year old, Nani who is dealing with the loss of her father, discovering herself and trying to fit in with the honey girls on the beach This story was very unique because it s about a Hawaiian girl living in 1972 where girls weren t allowed to surf and being gay wasn t accepted We see scenes of how you were treated if you were gay and it sadd I was sent this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own Set in the summer of 1972 in California, we follow 15 year old, Nani who is dealing with the loss of her father, discovering herself and trying to fit in with the honey girls on the beach This story was very unique because it s about a Hawaiian girl living in 1972 where girls weren t allowed to surf and being gay wasn t accepted We see scenes of how you were treated if you were gay and it saddened me There is a scene where a gay man is beat up and screamed at for being gay It was fascinating to learn about how different it was then vs now Nani is a complex character who is dealing with her mother, now a widow and living somewhere that isn t Hawaii Throughout the story, Nani is focused on following rules she was taught to abide by to become a honey girl herself Nani grows a liking to the lead honey girl, Rox and discovers that she likes boys and girls However, the story was very slow for me and I didn t feel that there was much emphasis on Nani having a crush on Rox This story is full of emotion and grief while Nani is grieving the loss of her father and trying to figure out a way to dump his ashes into the ocean where he belongs Honey Girl has a lot going on but I did enjoy the read Historical fiction isn t a genre I normally read and I enjoyed the setting as well as Nani s character Lisa Freeman included Hawaiian slang and there is even a glossary in the back It was fun to learn some Hawaiian words, it was very different I do believe that this is a great read for young readers because of Nani s character and discovering her sexuality

  • Liviania

    For a book from a small publisher, HONEY GIRL has been getting some strong word of mouth It came up in two totally unrelated forums that I frequent and I just knew that I had to read it Lesbian surfer girl Sign me up Of course, the problem with word of mouth is that the message can get a little garbled on the way.I was sad when I started HONEY GIRL to discover that Nani Nuuhiwa doesn t surf She knows how to, but she doesn t, because she wants to be cool And the consequences for being a gi For a book from a small publisher, HONEY GIRL has been getting some strong word of mouth It came up in two totally unrelated forums that I frequent and I just knew that I had to read it Lesbian surfer girl Sign me up Of course, the problem with word of mouth is that the message can get a little garbled on the way.I was sad when I started HONEY GIRL to discover that Nani Nuuhiwa doesn t surf She knows how to, but she doesn t, because she wants to be cool And the consequences for being a girl that surfs can be way worse than a little social ostracism I would ve thought that the 1970s were open to girl surfers after all, Gidget was almost twenty years earlier But I do know progress can be slow Plus, the setting is so wonderfully done.Lisa Freeman nails the setting HONEY GIRL takes place in a different time and place, one that doesn t exist any It takes place on State Beach, whose denizens must follow any number of unspoken rules in order to be accepted Nani, moving to California from Hawaii, takes all the knowledge she learned from the coolest girl at her beach and puts it toward getting in with the locals at State It s historical Mean Girls Nani can be frustrating, with her dedication to a bunch of rules made mostly to keep girls in line, but it is such a true process Sometimes you have to color within the lines to gain social capital.Nani is afraid of coloring outside the lines, not the least because she likes girls as well as boys She s cool with who she is, but she knows what will happen to her if she comes out And maybe it s a moot point, since she falls pretty hard for one of the surfers Even if she falls pretty hard for one of the girls on the beach too She s got enough trouble from being mixed race, especially since her mother wants her to just be white since her father s death.Nani, in other words, is dealing with a lot Her summer is something to behold, as she both comes closer to her original goal and to realizing who she really wants to be HONEY GIRL is a coming of age story with an immersive sense of place and a heroine caught between her strong sense of self and the knowledge that who she is inside will never quite fit in

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    3.5 5 stars

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    This book is the epitome of summer drama It was light hearted and fun and had plenty of funny moments This is such a quick read and an ideal beach book Things I Liked Politics The different rules for what it means to be local, what it means to be a girl, made the story so dramatic and fun These unwritten rules strongly influenced how all the characters acted, but the story never felt forced It flowed really well and was natural and easy going Inner dialogue Nani s inner dialogue was ve This book is the epitome of summer drama It was light hearted and fun and had plenty of funny moments This is such a quick read and an ideal beach book Things I Liked Politics The different rules for what it means to be local, what it means to be a girl, made the story so dramatic and fun These unwritten rules strongly influenced how all the characters acted, but the story never felt forced It flowed really well and was natural and easy going Inner dialogue Nani s inner dialogue was very much a stream of consciousness that flowed from one thing to the next, connecting points in her life and showing us about her It was very natural and helped make her relatable as she tried to fit in Astrology Nani s love and use of astrology was a fun and unique element I liked how she used astrology to classify everyone she met and used their signs to figure out how to act in a given situation The astrology was a little heavy handed at times, but something that made Nani a real individual Things I Didn t Like Annie I liked Nani s history with Annie, but wished we got from her I liked learning about Annie through Nani and the rules, but never really felt like I knew her Whimsy There was a whimsy ness to this story that I didn t quite expect Nothing felt quite real, it was like watching everything happen from a distance and you can t look away It Made for a quick and fun read, but it wasn t very engaging for me.Honey Girls is an ode to 70s nostalgia and beach aesthetics It captures drama, self discovery, whimsy, and sun in a quick paced and light hearted read

  • Janie Johnson

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review I am glad I was finally able to get to this book and I will soon also read it s sequel, Riptide Summer I think this is the first LGBT book I have read and it was pretty enjoyable I thought that it being set in the 70 s was really fun and somewhat nostalgic I liked the characters a lot in this story, even though some of them were annoying, it was hard to trust some of them, because I could not tell if they were being genuine to Nani or jus I received this book in exchange for an honest review I am glad I was finally able to get to this book and I will soon also read it s sequel, Riptide Summer I think this is the first LGBT book I have read and it was pretty enjoyable I thought that it being set in the 70 s was really fun and somewhat nostalgic I liked the characters a lot in this story, even though some of them were annoying, it was hard to trust some of them, because I could not tell if they were being genuine to Nani or just being nice to her for their own gain, so that bugged me just a little bit I did wish that Nani did not try so hard to fit in or to be accepted, but I do realize that was the times I found the story to be interesting, and I was pretty engaged to it, I found that I got sucked in pretty quickly I do have to say though that I found it maybe just a tad predictable I could call parts of the story pretty easily, but it still was very fluid and easy to follow so I was able to enjoy it for the most part I do look forward to getting into Riptide Summer very soon

  • Maddie

    Part of the synopsis The year is 1972 Fifteen year old Haunani Nani Grace Nuuhiwa is transplanted from her home in Hawaii to Santa Monica, California after her father s fatal heart attack Now the proverbial fish out of water, Nani struggles to adjust to her new life with her alcoholic white haole mother and the lineup of mean girls who rule State Beach.This book definitely transported me to a California beach in 1972 I loved the beach feel of this book It made me want to go sit on the be Part of the synopsis The year is 1972 Fifteen year old Haunani Nani Grace Nuuhiwa is transplanted from her home in Hawaii to Santa Monica, California after her father s fatal heart attack Now the proverbial fish out of water, Nani struggles to adjust to her new life with her alcoholic white haole mother and the lineup of mean girls who rule State Beach.This book definitely transported me to a California beach in 1972 I loved the beach feel of this book It made me want to go sit on the beach with a group of my friends everyday watch hot surfer dudes.I loved Nani through the book I loved following her journey to try to get into the lineup following her little adventures that happened through the book She was such a funny character I often laughed at The Rules , which I was I had some like Never go anywhere without a bathing suit I also loved how we get to see her Hawaiian culture through the book I think we all can relate to Nani in that we all want to be accepted for people who move to a new place it is hard I loved seeing Nani s story, it was like a autobiography I also loved Nigel, who s birthday is tomorrow March 6th Happy early birthday Nigel HahaI only had two problems with the book, if you would even call them problems which was one I thought it go really quick when it got to the end it was hard to keep up with I was glad though that there was a happy ending, but I would love a sequel of maybe when Nani gets a little older Two In my opinion, this book is for older teens then younger I think older teens, like myself, would understand it a little better then the younger crowd Altogether, I really loved this book I am going to definitely reread this book from time to time It is a great book to read if you want to get into the summer mood or learn about beach culture in the 70s I highly recommend it Thank you again to Lisa Freeman her publicist, Lauren Boots for sending me a copy I enjoyed it a lot

  • Meredith Mara

    Honey Girl 4.5 5 StarsI started this book Friday night and finished Saturday morning it s that good After her father s unexpected death, Nani finds herself transplanted from Hawaii to Santa Monica, California Her father s ashes stuffed into a talking Mrs Beasley doll and a host of never can tell secrets buried deep within herself Stranded on the mainland, the culture shock is for real Nani s the half Hawaiian outsider with an alcoholic mom and less than perfect home life And she knows tha Honey Girl 4.5 5 StarsI started this book Friday night and finished Saturday morning it s that good After her father s unexpected death, Nani finds herself transplanted from Hawaii to Santa Monica, California Her father s ashes stuffed into a talking Mrs Beasley doll and a host of never can tell secrets buried deep within herself Stranded on the mainland, the culture shock is for real Nani s the half Hawaiian outsider with an alcoholic mom and less than perfect home life And she knows that the only way to survive is to get in with the lineup The group of girls who rule State Beach.But earning her place among the lineup comes with its own set of obstacles From daring initiation rites to a set of unspoken rules that dictate the beach scene, where the smallest slip up can make you an outcast.Nani s voice is brilliant, especially as you get into the story The way she describes the world is relatable and her quirkiness adds laugh out loud moments to a story that addresses tough subjects and reaches far beyond the scope of your average coming of age novel Nani s journey and character felt real in every way.An excellent read Honey Girl deserves a place among contemporary must reads such as Eleanor Park, The Sky Is Everywhere, and All the Bright Places

  • Dahlia

    Absolutely this book has things going for it, first and foremost being that it s LGBTQ with a queer girl of color as the MC It also has really knowledgeable cultural detail about Hawaii, which is excellent But there is so, so much density of internal monologue, backstory, and that same cultural detail that it s hard to absorb anything it physically stressed me out trying to retain information in the early chapters, and I couldn t keep anyone straight heh because there was just so much of t Absolutely this book has things going for it, first and foremost being that it s LGBTQ with a queer girl of color as the MC It also has really knowledgeable cultural detail about Hawaii, which is excellent But there is so, so much density of internal monologue, backstory, and that same cultural detail that it s hard to absorb anything it physically stressed me out trying to retain information in the early chapters, and I couldn t keep anyone straight heh because there was just so much of the other stuff I wish wish wish had been streamlined in the editing process The voice was so much sharper than I expected and I was really intrigued by that for the first chapter or two, but I just couldn t make myself stay in her head much longer I think hope others might really like this, but it just wasn t for me



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