Let's No One Get Hurt

Let's No One Get Hurt

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 isolatio Huck Finn meets We the Animals in this dreamy yet urgent Southern Gothic tale Fifteen-year-old Pearl is squatting ...

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Title:Let's No One Get Hurt
Author:Jon Pineda
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0374185247
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Let's No One Get Hurt Reviews

  • Katherine Pittman
    Aug 18, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

    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 ...

    *1.5 I do not understand the purpose of the author with this story. We have miss matched characters placed in the same environment but they do not necessarily have any benefit from being around one another. There was no direction. ...

    I have never felt more despondent for Pearl, Marianne Moore and I don't know what to say. I don't know how to rate this book. I can only say it took a lot out of me and I'm still thinking about it. ...

    A haunting coming-of-age story with overtones and a dark underbelly that will ring unfortunately true these days. Fifteen-year-old Pearl lives a spartan squatter's life with her father and their father/son housemates Dox and Fritter in an abandoned boathouse in the American South. That...

    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 st...

    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 ...

    Full and complex characters pull the reader into this atypical coming of age story. I always felt like I was right alongside Pearl as she found her way through a pretty tough life?scenes are realistic and vivid. From a sentence level, it was apparent that I was reading a book wri...

    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 relat...

    I really liked this book. I met the author at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in May 2018. I was a pavilion manager and he was one of the authors in my Pavilion. As he described the book and answered questions, I knew I wanted to read this book. I suggested it to my book club and all we...

    - flies is a great way to describe boys. - all about them views! - bite sized chapters. - yeah why would anyone want to fly fish Aaron. - Not for nothing but some of the spacing seems to be what I did when I was trying to pad out the page length on an essay in HS/college. - Kindof...

    I really, really enjoyed the first part of this book. Pineda?s writing style is simple yet whimsical, and I felt like I was in the story with the characters. Unfortunately, the plot took a sudden shift about halfway through, with no warning or foreshadowing. It kind of ruined the ...

    I see I am in the minority but although I thought the writing was beautiful, I could not warm to the characters and there were too many holes in the narrative. Also, a real downer.... ...

    This was a coming of age story,but somehow it did not resonate with me. Lovely writing, love those short chapters, but I can't say I enjoyed it. Perhaps I'm just a philistine. Sorry, Jon. ...

    I won this book in a giveaway by FSG Books. This Southern Gothic tale is lyrical and engrossing, harrowing and ultimately empowering in the end. Pineda weaves a story of simple romantic existence of fishing, foraging and playing music at the edge of society; it is also a story of negl...

    I didn't even read the flyleaf before I chose this slim novel. I was attracted to the title and rewarded with a lyrical, devastating, satisfying read. The parents of young Pearl, as well as the author, are all poets, so it's no surprise to me that the prose in these short "chapter...

    https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/ Jon Pineda's new novel is a lyrical story about issues that are anything but poetic. Pearl lives with her father and another father and son, Dox and Fritter, on a boathouse somewhere in the south. They have nothing material to offer comfort, bar...

    Thank you to NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for my unbiased review. This book is a modern day Huck Finn only Huck is a girl. And the author is male. The writing is lovely but I felt like there was a lot missing from the plot of the book. Pearl, the main characte...

  • Renee
    May 21, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

    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 ...

    *1.5 I do not understand the purpose of the author with this story. We have miss matched characters placed in the same environment but they do not necessarily have any benefit from being around one another. There was no direction. ...

    I have never felt more despondent for Pearl, Marianne Moore and I don't know what to say. I don't know how to rate this book. I can only say it took a lot out of me and I'm still thinking about it. ...

    A haunting coming-of-age story with overtones and a dark underbelly that will ring unfortunately true these days. Fifteen-year-old Pearl lives a spartan squatter's life with her father and their father/son housemates Dox and Fritter in an abandoned boathouse in the American South. That...

    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 st...

    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 ...

    Full and complex characters pull the reader into this atypical coming of age story. I always felt like I was right alongside Pearl as she found her way through a pretty tough life?scenes are realistic and vivid. From a sentence level, it was apparent that I was reading a book wri...

    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 relat...

    I really liked this book. I met the author at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in May 2018. I was a pavilion manager and he was one of the authors in my Pavilion. As he described the book and answered questions, I knew I wanted to read this book. I suggested it to my book club and all we...

    - flies is a great way to describe boys. - all about them views! - bite sized chapters. - yeah why would anyone want to fly fish Aaron. - Not for nothing but some of the spacing seems to be what I did when I was trying to pad out the page length on an essay in HS/college. - Kindof...

    I really, really enjoyed the first part of this book. Pineda?s writing style is simple yet whimsical, and I felt like I was in the story with the characters. Unfortunately, the plot took a sudden shift about halfway through, with no warning or foreshadowing. It kind of ruined the ...

    I see I am in the minority but although I thought the writing was beautiful, I could not warm to the characters and there were too many holes in the narrative. Also, a real downer.... ...

  • Clifford
    May 23, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

    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 ...

    *1.5 I do not understand the purpose of the author with this story. We have miss matched characters placed in the same environment but they do not necessarily have any benefit from being around one another. There was no direction. ...

    I have never felt more despondent for Pearl, Marianne Moore and I don't know what to say. I don't know how to rate this book. I can only say it took a lot out of me and I'm still thinking about it. ...

    A haunting coming-of-age story with overtones and a dark underbelly that will ring unfortunately true these days. Fifteen-year-old Pearl lives a spartan squatter's life with her father and their father/son housemates Dox and Fritter in an abandoned boathouse in the American South. That...

    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 st...

    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 ...

    Full and complex characters pull the reader into this atypical coming of age story. I always felt like I was right alongside Pearl as she found her way through a pretty tough life?scenes are realistic and vivid. From a sentence level, it was apparent that I was reading a book wri...

    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 relat...

    I really liked this book. I met the author at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in May 2018. I was a pavilion manager and he was one of the authors in my Pavilion. As he described the book and answered questions, I knew I wanted to read this book. I suggested it to my book club and all we...

    - flies is a great way to describe boys. - all about them views! - bite sized chapters. - yeah why would anyone want to fly fish Aaron. - Not for nothing but some of the spacing seems to be what I did when I was trying to pad out the page length on an essay in HS/college. - Kindof...

    I really, really enjoyed the first part of this book. Pineda?s writing style is simple yet whimsical, and I felt like I was in the story with the characters. Unfortunately, the plot took a sudden shift about halfway through, with no warning or foreshadowing. It kind of ruined the ...

    I see I am in the minority but although I thought the writing was beautiful, I could not warm to the characters and there were too many holes in the narrative. Also, a real downer.... ...

    This was a coming of age story,but somehow it did not resonate with me. Lovely writing, love those short chapters, but I can't say I enjoyed it. Perhaps I'm just a philistine. Sorry, Jon. ...

    I won this book in a giveaway by FSG Books. This Southern Gothic tale is lyrical and engrossing, harrowing and ultimately empowering in the end. Pineda weaves a story of simple romantic existence of fishing, foraging and playing music at the edge of society; it is also a story of negl...

    I didn't even read the flyleaf before I chose this slim novel. I was attracted to the title and rewarded with a lyrical, devastating, satisfying read. The parents of young Pearl, as well as the author, are all poets, so it's no surprise to me that the prose in these short "chapter...

    https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/ Jon Pineda's new novel is a lyrical story about issues that are anything but poetic. Pearl lives with her father and another father and son, Dox and Fritter, on a boathouse somewhere in the south. They have nothing material to offer comfort, bar...

    Thank you to NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for my unbiased review. This book is a modern day Huck Finn only Huck is a girl. And the author is male. The writing is lovely but I felt like there was a lot missing from the plot of the book. Pearl, the main characte...

    Besides the poetic language, which others have noted, there are several things I like about this novel. The details of life on the river are sharp--the fishing, the raft, the boat (and, yes, there's definitely a Huck Finn vibe there). The main character, Pearl, is fresh--she's in a pre...

  • Mel
    Jun 25, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

    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 ...

    *1.5 I do not understand the purpose of the author with this story. We have miss matched characters placed in the same environment but they do not necessarily have any benefit from being around one another. There was no direction. ...

    I have never felt more despondent for Pearl, Marianne Moore and I don't know what to say. I don't know how to rate this book. I can only say it took a lot out of me and I'm still thinking about it. ...

    A haunting coming-of-age story with overtones and a dark underbelly that will ring unfortunately true these days. Fifteen-year-old Pearl lives a spartan squatter's life with her father and their father/son housemates Dox and Fritter in an abandoned boathouse in the American South. That...

    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 st...

    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 ...

    Full and complex characters pull the reader into this atypical coming of age story. I always felt like I was right alongside Pearl as she found her way through a pretty tough life?scenes are realistic and vivid. From a sentence level, it was apparent that I was reading a book wri...

    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 relat...

    I really liked this book. I met the author at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in May 2018. I was a pavilion manager and he was one of the authors in my Pavilion. As he described the book and answered questions, I knew I wanted to read this book. I suggested it to my book club and all we...

    - flies is a great way to describe boys. - all about them views! - bite sized chapters. - yeah why would anyone want to fly fish Aaron. - Not for nothing but some of the spacing seems to be what I did when I was trying to pad out the page length on an essay in HS/college. - Kindof...

    I really, really enjoyed the first part of this book. Pineda?s writing style is simple yet whimsical, and I felt like I was in the story with the characters. Unfortunately, the plot took a sudden shift about halfway through, with no warning or foreshadowing. It kind of ruined the ...

    I see I am in the minority but although I thought the writing was beautiful, I could not warm to the characters and there were too many holes in the narrative. Also, a real downer.... ...

    This was a coming of age story,but somehow it did not resonate with me. Lovely writing, love those short chapters, but I can't say I enjoyed it. Perhaps I'm just a philistine. Sorry, Jon. ...

    I won this book in a giveaway by FSG Books. This Southern Gothic tale is lyrical and engrossing, harrowing and ultimately empowering in the end. Pineda weaves a story of simple romantic existence of fishing, foraging and playing music at the edge of society; it is also a story of negl...

    I didn't even read the flyleaf before I chose this slim novel. I was attracted to the title and rewarded with a lyrical, devastating, satisfying read. The parents of young Pearl, as well as the author, are all poets, so it's no surprise to me that the prose in these short "chapter...

  • Nicholas Montemarano
    Nov 10, 2017

    ***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 unta...

    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 seldo...

  • Karlan
    May 08, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

    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 ...

    *1.5 I do not understand the purpose of the author with this story. We have miss matched characters placed in the same environment but they do not necessarily have any benefit from being around one another. There was no direction. ...

    I have never felt more despondent for Pearl, Marianne Moore and I don't know what to say. I don't know how to rate this book. I can only say it took a lot out of me and I'm still thinking about it. ...

    A haunting coming-of-age story with overtones and a dark underbelly that will ring unfortunately true these days. Fifteen-year-old Pearl lives a spartan squatter's life with her father and their father/son housemates Dox and Fritter in an abandoned boathouse in the American South. That...

    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 st...

    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 ...

    Full and complex characters pull the reader into this atypical coming of age story. I always felt like I was right alongside Pearl as she found her way through a pretty tough life?scenes are realistic and vivid. From a sentence level, it was apparent that I was reading a book wri...

    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 relat...

    I really liked this book. I met the author at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in May 2018. I was a pavilion manager and he was one of the authors in my Pavilion. As he described the book and answered questions, I knew I wanted to read this book. I suggested it to my book club and all we...

    - flies is a great way to describe boys. - all about them views! - bite sized chapters. - yeah why would anyone want to fly fish Aaron. - Not for nothing but some of the spacing seems to be what I did when I was trying to pad out the page length on an essay in HS/college. - Kindof...

    I really, really enjoyed the first part of this book. Pineda?s writing style is simple yet whimsical, and I felt like I was in the story with the characters. Unfortunately, the plot took a sudden shift about halfway through, with no warning or foreshadowing. It kind of ruined the ...

    I see I am in the minority but although I thought the writing was beautiful, I could not warm to the characters and there were too many holes in the narrative. Also, a real downer.... ...

    This was a coming of age story,but somehow it did not resonate with me. Lovely writing, love those short chapters, but I can't say I enjoyed it. Perhaps I'm just a philistine. Sorry, Jon. ...

    I won this book in a giveaway by FSG Books. This Southern Gothic tale is lyrical and engrossing, harrowing and ultimately empowering in the end. Pineda weaves a story of simple romantic existence of fishing, foraging and playing music at the edge of society; it is also a story of negl...

    I didn't even read the flyleaf before I chose this slim novel. I was attracted to the title and rewarded with a lyrical, devastating, satisfying read. The parents of young Pearl, as well as the author, are all poets, so it's no surprise to me that the prose in these short "chapter...

    https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/ Jon Pineda's new novel is a lyrical story about issues that are anything but poetic. Pearl lives with her father and another father and son, Dox and Fritter, on a boathouse somewhere in the south. They have nothing material to offer comfort, bar...

    Thank you to NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for my unbiased review. This book is a modern day Huck Finn only Huck is a girl. And the author is male. The writing is lovely but I felt like there was a lot missing from the plot of the book. Pearl, the main characte...

    Besides the poetic language, which others have noted, there are several things I like about this novel. The details of life on the river are sharp--the fishing, the raft, the boat (and, yes, there's definitely a Huck Finn vibe there). The main character, Pearl, is fresh--she's in a pre...

    The teenage narrator grows up without her mother living with her father and two of his friends in a shack by the river in the deep south. They fish, gather wild edibles and busk occasionally for money to buy rice and liquor. The father was a college professor who was let go when she w...

  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    Sep 04, 2017

    ***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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

  • Melissa
    Apr 28, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

    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 ...

    *1.5 I do not understand the purpose of the author with this story. We have miss matched characters placed in the same environment but they do not necessarily have any benefit from being around one another. There was no direction. ...

    I have never felt more despondent for Pearl, Marianne Moore and I don't know what to say. I don't know how to rate this book. I can only say it took a lot out of me and I'm still thinking about it. ...

    A haunting coming-of-age story with overtones and a dark underbelly that will ring unfortunately true these days. Fifteen-year-old Pearl lives a spartan squatter's life with her father and their father/son housemates Dox and Fritter in an abandoned boathouse in the American South. That...

    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 st...

    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 ...

    Full and complex characters pull the reader into this atypical coming of age story. I always felt like I was right alongside Pearl as she found her way through a pretty tough life?scenes are realistic and vivid. From a sentence level, it was apparent that I was reading a book wri...

  • Vivek Tejuja
    Mar 19, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

  • Michelle K
    Jul 08, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

    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 ...

    *1.5 I do not understand the purpose of the author with this story. We have miss matched characters placed in the same environment but they do not necessarily have any benefit from being around one another. There was no direction. ...

    I have never felt more despondent for Pearl, Marianne Moore and I don't know what to say. I don't know how to rate this book. I can only say it took a lot out of me and I'm still thinking about it. ...

    A haunting coming-of-age story with overtones and a dark underbelly that will ring unfortunately true these days. Fifteen-year-old Pearl lives a spartan squatter's life with her father and their father/son housemates Dox and Fritter in an abandoned boathouse in the American South. That...

    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 st...

    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 ...

    Full and complex characters pull the reader into this atypical coming of age story. I always felt like I was right alongside Pearl as she found her way through a pretty tough life?scenes are realistic and vivid. From a sentence level, it was apparent that I was reading a book wri...

    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 relat...

    I really liked this book. I met the author at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in May 2018. I was a pavilion manager and he was one of the authors in my Pavilion. As he described the book and answered questions, I knew I wanted to read this book. I suggested it to my book club and all we...

  • Geoff Greene
    May 28, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

    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 ...

    *1.5 I do not understand the purpose of the author with this story. We have miss matched characters placed in the same environment but they do not necessarily have any benefit from being around one another. There was no direction. ...

    I have never felt more despondent for Pearl, Marianne Moore and I don't know what to say. I don't know how to rate this book. I can only say it took a lot out of me and I'm still thinking about it. ...

    A haunting coming-of-age story with overtones and a dark underbelly that will ring unfortunately true these days. Fifteen-year-old Pearl lives a spartan squatter's life with her father and their father/son housemates Dox and Fritter in an abandoned boathouse in the American South. That...

    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 st...

    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 ...

    Full and complex characters pull the reader into this atypical coming of age story. I always felt like I was right alongside Pearl as she found her way through a pretty tough life?scenes are realistic and vivid. From a sentence level, it was apparent that I was reading a book wri...

    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 relat...

    I really liked this book. I met the author at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in May 2018. I was a pavilion manager and he was one of the authors in my Pavilion. As he described the book and answered questions, I knew I wanted to read this book. I suggested it to my book club and all we...

    - flies is a great way to describe boys. - all about them views! - bite sized chapters. - yeah why would anyone want to fly fish Aaron. - Not for nothing but some of the spacing seems to be what I did when I was trying to pad out the page length on an essay in HS/college. - Kindof...

  • Barbara VanDenburgh
    Mar 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

  • Susan
    Oct 01, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

    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 ...

    *1.5 I do not understand the purpose of the author with this story. We have miss matched characters placed in the same environment but they do not necessarily have any benefit from being around one another. There was no direction. ...

    I have never felt more despondent for Pearl, Marianne Moore and I don't know what to say. I don't know how to rate this book. I can only say it took a lot out of me and I'm still thinking about it. ...

    A haunting coming-of-age story with overtones and a dark underbelly that will ring unfortunately true these days. Fifteen-year-old Pearl lives a spartan squatter's life with her father and their father/son housemates Dox and Fritter in an abandoned boathouse in the American South. That...

  • Paltia
    Jun 26, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

    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 ...

    *1.5 I do not understand the purpose of the author with this story. We have miss matched characters placed in the same environment but they do not necessarily have any benefit from being around one another. There was no direction. ...

    I have never felt more despondent for Pearl, Marianne Moore and I don't know what to say. I don't know how to rate this book. I can only say it took a lot out of me and I'm still thinking about it. ...

    A haunting coming-of-age story with overtones and a dark underbelly that will ring unfortunately true these days. Fifteen-year-old Pearl lives a spartan squatter's life with her father and their father/son housemates Dox and Fritter in an abandoned boathouse in the American South. That...

    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 st...

    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 ...

    Full and complex characters pull the reader into this atypical coming of age story. I always felt like I was right alongside Pearl as she found her way through a pretty tough life?scenes are realistic and vivid. From a sentence level, it was apparent that I was reading a book wri...

    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 relat...

    I really liked this book. I met the author at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in May 2018. I was a pavilion manager and he was one of the authors in my Pavilion. As he described the book and answered questions, I knew I wanted to read this book. I suggested it to my book club and all we...

    - flies is a great way to describe boys. - all about them views! - bite sized chapters. - yeah why would anyone want to fly fish Aaron. - Not for nothing but some of the spacing seems to be what I did when I was trying to pad out the page length on an essay in HS/college. - Kindof...

    I really, really enjoyed the first part of this book. Pineda?s writing style is simple yet whimsical, and I felt like I was in the story with the characters. Unfortunately, the plot took a sudden shift about halfway through, with no warning or foreshadowing. It kind of ruined the ...

    I see I am in the minority but although I thought the writing was beautiful, I could not warm to the characters and there were too many holes in the narrative. Also, a real downer.... ...

    This was a coming of age story,but somehow it did not resonate with me. Lovely writing, love those short chapters, but I can't say I enjoyed it. Perhaps I'm just a philistine. Sorry, Jon. ...

    I won this book in a giveaway by FSG Books. This Southern Gothic tale is lyrical and engrossing, harrowing and ultimately empowering in the end. Pineda weaves a story of simple romantic existence of fishing, foraging and playing music at the edge of society; it is also a story of negl...

    I didn't even read the flyleaf before I chose this slim novel. I was attracted to the title and rewarded with a lyrical, devastating, satisfying read. The parents of young Pearl, as well as the author, are all poets, so it's no surprise to me that the prose in these short "chapter...

    https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/ Jon Pineda's new novel is a lyrical story about issues that are anything but poetic. Pearl lives with her father and another father and son, Dox and Fritter, on a boathouse somewhere in the south. They have nothing material to offer comfort, bar...

    Thank you to NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for my unbiased review. This book is a modern day Huck Finn only Huck is a girl. And the author is male. The writing is lovely but I felt like there was a lot missing from the plot of the book. Pearl, the main characte...

    Besides the poetic language, which others have noted, there are several things I like about this novel. The details of life on the river are sharp--the fishing, the raft, the boat (and, yes, there's definitely a Huck Finn vibe there). The main character, Pearl, is fresh--she's in a pre...

    The teenage narrator grows up without her mother living with her father and two of his friends in a shack by the river in the deep south. They fish, gather wild edibles and busk occasionally for money to buy rice and liquor. The father was a college professor who was let go when she w...

    Does anyone get hurt? Is that what?s at the core of this story? A coming of age story about young Pearl who after suffering a major loss takes on a heap of responsibility for her father and his two cronies. She is willing to sacrifice for others to a point. Although the writing was g...

  • ABCme
    Feb 12, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

    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 ...

    *1.5 I do not understand the purpose of the author with this story. We have miss matched characters placed in the same environment but they do not necessarily have any benefit from being around one another. There was no direction. ...

    I have never felt more despondent for Pearl, Marianne Moore and I don't know what to say. I don't know how to rate this book. I can only say it took a lot out of me and I'm still thinking about it. ...

    A haunting coming-of-age story with overtones and a dark underbelly that will ring unfortunately true these days. Fifteen-year-old Pearl lives a spartan squatter's life with her father and their father/son housemates Dox and Fritter in an abandoned boathouse in the American South. That...

    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 st...

  • Kathleen Gray
    Mar 06, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

    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 ...

    *1.5 I do not understand the purpose of the author with this story. We have miss matched characters placed in the same environment but they do not necessarily have any benefit from being around one another. There was no direction. ...

    I have never felt more despondent for Pearl, Marianne Moore and I don't know what to say. I don't know how to rate this book. I can only say it took a lot out of me and I'm still thinking about it. ...

    A haunting coming-of-age story with overtones and a dark underbelly that will ring unfortunately true these days. Fifteen-year-old Pearl lives a spartan squatter's life with her father and their father/son housemates Dox and Fritter in an abandoned boathouse in the American South. That...

    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 st...

    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 ...

    Full and complex characters pull the reader into this atypical coming of age story. I always felt like I was right alongside Pearl as she found her way through a pretty tough life?scenes are realistic and vivid. From a sentence level, it was apparent that I was reading a book wri...

    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 relat...

    I really liked this book. I met the author at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in May 2018. I was a pavilion manager and he was one of the authors in my Pavilion. As he described the book and answered questions, I knew I wanted to read this book. I suggested it to my book club and all we...

    - flies is a great way to describe boys. - all about them views! - bite sized chapters. - yeah why would anyone want to fly fish Aaron. - Not for nothing but some of the spacing seems to be what I did when I was trying to pad out the page length on an essay in HS/college. - Kindof...

    I really, really enjoyed the first part of this book. Pineda?s writing style is simple yet whimsical, and I felt like I was in the story with the characters. Unfortunately, the plot took a sudden shift about halfway through, with no warning or foreshadowing. It kind of ruined the ...

    I see I am in the minority but although I thought the writing was beautiful, I could not warm to the characters and there were too many holes in the narrative. Also, a real downer.... ...

    This was a coming of age story,but somehow it did not resonate with me. Lovely writing, love those short chapters, but I can't say I enjoyed it. Perhaps I'm just a philistine. Sorry, Jon. ...

    I won this book in a giveaway by FSG Books. This Southern Gothic tale is lyrical and engrossing, harrowing and ultimately empowering in the end. Pineda weaves a story of simple romantic existence of fishing, foraging and playing music at the edge of society; it is also a story of negl...

    I didn't even read the flyleaf before I chose this slim novel. I was attracted to the title and rewarded with a lyrical, devastating, satisfying read. The parents of young Pearl, as well as the author, are all poets, so it's no surprise to me that the prose in these short "chapter...

    https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/ Jon Pineda's new novel is a lyrical story about issues that are anything but poetic. Pearl lives with her father and another father and son, Dox and Fritter, on a boathouse somewhere in the south. They have nothing material to offer comfort, bar...

    Thank you to NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for my unbiased review. This book is a modern day Huck Finn only Huck is a girl. And the author is male. The writing is lovely but I felt like there was a lot missing from the plot of the book. Pearl, the main characte...

    Besides the poetic language, which others have noted, there are several things I like about this novel. The details of life on the river are sharp--the fishing, the raft, the boat (and, yes, there's definitely a Huck Finn vibe there). The main character, Pearl, is fresh--she's in a pre...

    The teenage narrator grows up without her mother living with her father and two of his friends in a shack by the river in the deep south. They fish, gather wild edibles and busk occasionally for money to buy rice and liquor. The father was a college professor who was let go when she w...

    Does anyone get hurt? Is that what?s at the core of this story? A coming of age story about young Pearl who after suffering a major loss takes on a heap of responsibility for her father and his two cronies. She is willing to sacrifice for others to a point. Although the writing was g...

    This is about the underclass or other class as some have termed it. Pearl is a terrific character, her father not so much. Living in an abandoned boathouse with three men is not a recipe for a positive existence for a 15 year old girl but things only get worse when she meets Mason, who...

  • Reilly
    Mar 26, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

    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 ...

    *1.5 I do not understand the purpose of the author with this story. We have miss matched characters placed in the same environment but they do not necessarily have any benefit from being around one another. There was no direction. ...

    I have never felt more despondent for Pearl, Marianne Moore and I don't know what to say. I don't know how to rate this book. I can only say it took a lot out of me and I'm still thinking about it. ...

    A haunting coming-of-age story with overtones and a dark underbelly that will ring unfortunately true these days. Fifteen-year-old Pearl lives a spartan squatter's life with her father and their father/son housemates Dox and Fritter in an abandoned boathouse in the American South. That...

    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 st...

    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 ...

    Full and complex characters pull the reader into this atypical coming of age story. I always felt like I was right alongside Pearl as she found her way through a pretty tough life?scenes are realistic and vivid. From a sentence level, it was apparent that I was reading a book wri...

    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 relat...

  • Jodell
    Apr 09, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

    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 ...

    *1.5 I do not understand the purpose of the author with this story. We have miss matched characters placed in the same environment but they do not necessarily have any benefit from being around one another. There was no direction. ...

    I have never felt more despondent for Pearl, Marianne Moore and I don't know what to say. I don't know how to rate this book. I can only say it took a lot out of me and I'm still thinking about it. ...

  • Hope McCain
    May 12, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

    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 ...

    *1.5 I do not understand the purpose of the author with this story. We have miss matched characters placed in the same environment but they do not necessarily have any benefit from being around one another. There was no direction. ...

    I have never felt more despondent for Pearl, Marianne Moore and I don't know what to say. I don't know how to rate this book. I can only say it took a lot out of me and I'm still thinking about it. ...

    A haunting coming-of-age story with overtones and a dark underbelly that will ring unfortunately true these days. Fifteen-year-old Pearl lives a spartan squatter's life with her father and their father/son housemates Dox and Fritter in an abandoned boathouse in the American South. That...

    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 st...

    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 ...

    Full and complex characters pull the reader into this atypical coming of age story. I always felt like I was right alongside Pearl as she found her way through a pretty tough life?scenes are realistic and vivid. From a sentence level, it was apparent that I was reading a book wri...

    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 relat...

    I really liked this book. I met the author at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in May 2018. I was a pavilion manager and he was one of the authors in my Pavilion. As he described the book and answered questions, I knew I wanted to read this book. I suggested it to my book club and all we...

    - flies is a great way to describe boys. - all about them views! - bite sized chapters. - yeah why would anyone want to fly fish Aaron. - Not for nothing but some of the spacing seems to be what I did when I was trying to pad out the page length on an essay in HS/college. - Kindof...

    I really, really enjoyed the first part of this book. Pineda?s writing style is simple yet whimsical, and I felt like I was in the story with the characters. Unfortunately, the plot took a sudden shift about halfway through, with no warning or foreshadowing. It kind of ruined the ...

  • Alison Hardtmann
    Jun 12, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

  • MichellemyBelle
    Jul 09, 2017

    ***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 unta...

  • lucky little cat
    Aug 04, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

  • Dave
    Feb 22, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

    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 ...

  • Liz
    Mar 09, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

    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 ...

    *1.5 I do not understand the purpose of the author with this story. We have miss matched characters placed in the same environment but they do not necessarily have any benefit from being around one another. There was no direction. ...

    I have never felt more despondent for Pearl, Marianne Moore and I don't know what to say. I don't know how to rate this book. I can only say it took a lot out of me and I'm still thinking about it. ...

    A haunting coming-of-age story with overtones and a dark underbelly that will ring unfortunately true these days. Fifteen-year-old Pearl lives a spartan squatter's life with her father and their father/son housemates Dox and Fritter in an abandoned boathouse in the American South. That...

    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 st...

    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 ...

    Full and complex characters pull the reader into this atypical coming of age story. I always felt like I was right alongside Pearl as she found her way through a pretty tough life?scenes are realistic and vivid. From a sentence level, it was apparent that I was reading a book wri...

    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 relat...

    I really liked this book. I met the author at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in May 2018. I was a pavilion manager and he was one of the authors in my Pavilion. As he described the book and answered questions, I knew I wanted to read this book. I suggested it to my book club and all we...

    - flies is a great way to describe boys. - all about them views! - bite sized chapters. - yeah why would anyone want to fly fish Aaron. - Not for nothing but some of the spacing seems to be what I did when I was trying to pad out the page length on an essay in HS/college. - Kindof...

    I really, really enjoyed the first part of this book. Pineda?s writing style is simple yet whimsical, and I felt like I was in the story with the characters. Unfortunately, the plot took a sudden shift about halfway through, with no warning or foreshadowing. It kind of ruined the ...

    I see I am in the minority but although I thought the writing was beautiful, I could not warm to the characters and there were too many holes in the narrative. Also, a real downer.... ...

    This was a coming of age story,but somehow it did not resonate with me. Lovely writing, love those short chapters, but I can't say I enjoyed it. Perhaps I'm just a philistine. Sorry, Jon. ...

    I won this book in a giveaway by FSG Books. This Southern Gothic tale is lyrical and engrossing, harrowing and ultimately empowering in the end. Pineda weaves a story of simple romantic existence of fishing, foraging and playing music at the edge of society; it is also a story of negl...

    I didn't even read the flyleaf before I chose this slim novel. I was attracted to the title and rewarded with a lyrical, devastating, satisfying read. The parents of young Pearl, as well as the author, are all poets, so it's no surprise to me that the prose in these short "chapter...

    https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/ Jon Pineda's new novel is a lyrical story about issues that are anything but poetic. Pearl lives with her father and another father and son, Dox and Fritter, on a boathouse somewhere in the south. They have nothing material to offer comfort, bar...

  • LInda L
    May 09, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

    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 ...

    *1.5 I do not understand the purpose of the author with this story. We have miss matched characters placed in the same environment but they do not necessarily have any benefit from being around one another. There was no direction. ...

    I have never felt more despondent for Pearl, Marianne Moore and I don't know what to say. I don't know how to rate this book. I can only say it took a lot out of me and I'm still thinking about it. ...

    A haunting coming-of-age story with overtones and a dark underbelly that will ring unfortunately true these days. Fifteen-year-old Pearl lives a spartan squatter's life with her father and their father/son housemates Dox and Fritter in an abandoned boathouse in the American South. That...

    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 st...

    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 ...

    Full and complex characters pull the reader into this atypical coming of age story. I always felt like I was right alongside Pearl as she found her way through a pretty tough life?scenes are realistic and vivid. From a sentence level, it was apparent that I was reading a book wri...

    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 relat...

    I really liked this book. I met the author at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in May 2018. I was a pavilion manager and he was one of the authors in my Pavilion. As he described the book and answered questions, I knew I wanted to read this book. I suggested it to my book club and all we...

    - flies is a great way to describe boys. - all about them views! - bite sized chapters. - yeah why would anyone want to fly fish Aaron. - Not for nothing but some of the spacing seems to be what I did when I was trying to pad out the page length on an essay in HS/college. - Kindof...

    I really, really enjoyed the first part of this book. Pineda?s writing style is simple yet whimsical, and I felt like I was in the story with the characters. Unfortunately, the plot took a sudden shift about halfway through, with no warning or foreshadowing. It kind of ruined the ...

    I see I am in the minority but although I thought the writing was beautiful, I could not warm to the characters and there were too many holes in the narrative. Also, a real downer.... ...

    This was a coming of age story,but somehow it did not resonate with me. Lovely writing, love those short chapters, but I can't say I enjoyed it. Perhaps I'm just a philistine. Sorry, Jon. ...

  • Gisele Firmino
    Nov 29, 2017

    ***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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

  • Kirsty
    Apr 03, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

    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 ...

    *1.5 I do not understand the purpose of the author with this story. We have miss matched characters placed in the same environment but they do not necessarily have any benefit from being around one another. There was no direction. ...

    I have never felt more despondent for Pearl, Marianne Moore and I don't know what to say. I don't know how to rate this book. I can only say it took a lot out of me and I'm still thinking about it. ...

    A haunting coming-of-age story with overtones and a dark underbelly that will ring unfortunately true these days. Fifteen-year-old Pearl lives a spartan squatter's life with her father and their father/son housemates Dox and Fritter in an abandoned boathouse in the American South. That...

    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 st...

    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 ...

  • Eve TheMagnificent
    May 02, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

    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 ...

    *1.5 I do not understand the purpose of the author with this story. We have miss matched characters placed in the same environment but they do not necessarily have any benefit from being around one another. There was no direction. ...

    I have never felt more despondent for Pearl, Marianne Moore and I don't know what to say. I don't know how to rate this book. I can only say it took a lot out of me and I'm still thinking about it. ...

    A haunting coming-of-age story with overtones and a dark underbelly that will ring unfortunately true these days. Fifteen-year-old Pearl lives a spartan squatter's life with her father and their father/son housemates Dox and Fritter in an abandoned boathouse in the American South. That...

    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 st...

    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 ...

    Full and complex characters pull the reader into this atypical coming of age story. I always felt like I was right alongside Pearl as she found her way through a pretty tough life?scenes are realistic and vivid. From a sentence level, it was apparent that I was reading a book wri...

    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 relat...

    I really liked this book. I met the author at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in May 2018. I was a pavilion manager and he was one of the authors in my Pavilion. As he described the book and answered questions, I knew I wanted to read this book. I suggested it to my book club and all we...

    - flies is a great way to describe boys. - all about them views! - bite sized chapters. - yeah why would anyone want to fly fish Aaron. - Not for nothing but some of the spacing seems to be what I did when I was trying to pad out the page length on an essay in HS/college. - Kindof...

    I really, really enjoyed the first part of this book. Pineda?s writing style is simple yet whimsical, and I felt like I was in the story with the characters. Unfortunately, the plot took a sudden shift about halfway through, with no warning or foreshadowing. It kind of ruined the ...

    I see I am in the minority but although I thought the writing was beautiful, I could not warm to the characters and there were too many holes in the narrative. Also, a real downer.... ...

    This was a coming of age story,but somehow it did not resonate with me. Lovely writing, love those short chapters, but I can't say I enjoyed it. Perhaps I'm just a philistine. Sorry, Jon. ...

    I won this book in a giveaway by FSG Books. This Southern Gothic tale is lyrical and engrossing, harrowing and ultimately empowering in the end. Pineda weaves a story of simple romantic existence of fishing, foraging and playing music at the edge of society; it is also a story of negl...

  • Tyler Olmsted
    Mar 06, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

  • Monse's Manifesto
    Jan 10, 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 unta...

    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 seldo...

    Pearl had an ordinary life with a father who taught at the university, a mother who was working on her doctorate, a nice house and a good dog. But now she, her father and her dog are living with two other squatters in an abandoned boathouse. Now fifteen, Pearl encounters a group of tee...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ '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 on...

    Lovely and lyrical and just the tiniest, most infinitesimal bit twee, with a stubbornly independent teen heroine. Me and you and a geriatric retriever named Marianne Moore, travellin' and livin' off the land. An alcoholic father and grieving daughter drop off the grid. Instead of g...

    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-kni...

    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! ...

    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...

    This book is clearly the work of a poet. Each page, sentence, word is trim and precise. Jon Pineda has crafted some indelible imagery in his cruel corner of the South ? a fading old dog named Marianne Moore, a monstrous skinned fish that still swims in the depths of a murky river lik...

    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 ...

    *1.5 I do not understand the purpose of the author with this story. We have miss matched characters placed in the same environment but they do not necessarily have any benefit from being around one another. There was no direction. ...