Evolved Publishing presents Desert Rice by Angela Scott, a tale of 2 young people's desperate struggle to survive on their own in an adult world, as seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl. Young Adult/Contemporary 16+ (some mild adult situations).
Samantha Jean Haggert is a beautiful twelve-year-old girl, but no one knows it. All they see is an awkward boy in a baseball cap and baggy pants. Sam's not thrilled with the idea of hiding her identity, but it's all part of her brother's plan to keep Sam safe from male attention and hidden from the law. 15-year-old Jacob will stop at nothing to protect his sister, including concealing the death of the one person who should have protected them in the first place--their mother.
Sam and Jacob try to outrun their past by stealing the family car and traveling from West Virginia to Arizona, but the adult world proves mighty difficult to navigate, especially for two kids on their own. Trusting adults has never been an option; no adult has ever given them a good reason. But when Sam meets “Jesus” - who smells an awful lot like a horse - in the park, life takes a different turn. He saved her once, and may be willing to save Sam and her brother again, if only they admit what took place that fateful day in West Virginia. The problem? Sam doesn't remember, and Jacob isn't talking.
If you could sum up Desert Rice (The Desert) in three words, what would they be?
Amazing Intense Real
Who was your favorite character and why?
Boone, He was a strong male figure, exactly what I wanted for Sam in the story. An example of what a loving caring adult should be.
What aspect of Hillary Hawkins’s performance would you have changed?
I disliked how everything she narrated for Jacob, especially in the beginning of the book, was "yelled" at Sam. I understood Sam was an angry young man but didn't feel like he yelled everything at her. Some things, maybe even most things yes, but everything No...
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes, both! Some really great humorous parts where I literally laughed out loud as well as some intense emotionally hard moments that brought tears to my eyes.
Any additional comments?
This was such a great book! The last few chapters were intense & difficult to get through but wow such a well thought out story, with twists & turns that made it not predictable, which I LOVE! Angela absolutely brought the characters & story to life! Likable/relate-able characters, great story with a mix of humor & drama, I really couldn't have asked for more!
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What made the experience of listening to Desert Rice (The Desert) the most enjoyable?
Yes! Soothing and yet very exciting to listen to.
Which scene was your favorite?
Any scenes between the brother and sister scened and intense scenes. Love how the narrator switches voices.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Come insid the Desert Storm.
**Warning... If you are allergic to a great story, then you may want to take some benadryl, because you will break out in hives from the spectacular prose and beautiful character development. Oh, and that burning you feel... that's just the burning you get when you want to finish but the book ran out of words.**
I won this Audible book in a contest and boy was it a surprise. I had no idea what this story was about. I simply hit play and went with it. I was hooked from the start because I wanted to discover what happened to Sam and Jacob.
Hillary's audio job was pretty stellar. I LOVED the Sam/Jacob voices. There were some of the male voices I wish could have been as distinguishable as Sam and Jacob, but what are you going to do? That may actually creep me out if she could make them any deeper. The fact that she has so many voices inside her body is kind of amazing. Go Hillary! You have my vote.
I will be reading the second. I will absolutely read more from Angela Scott, and, to be honest, I would listen to more from Hillary.