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Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa

March 18th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Thanks Chris for the opportunity to review your book!

I would rate this at 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Description: Set in the slums of New Orleans, among clusters of crack houses and abandoned buildings, Dirty Little Angels is the story of sixteen year old Hailey Trosclair. When the Trosclair family suffers a string of financial hardships and a miscarriage, Hailey finds herself looking to God to save her family. When her prayers go unanswered, Hailey puts her faith in Moses Watkins, a failed preacher and ex-con. Fascinated by Moses’s lopsided view of religion, Hailey, and her brother Cyrus, begin spending time down at an abandoned bank that Moses plans to convert into a drive-through church. Gradually, though, Moses’s twisted religious beliefs become increasingly more violent, and Hailey and Cyrus soon find themselves trapped in a world of danger and fear from which there may be no escape.

So if I had to choose a word to describe this book it would definitely be gritty.  My head actually hurts a little after reading it because it was sort of depressing and so real.  There is no sugar coating of life in this book.  Although certain parts were choppy Tusa’s writing was so descriptive you get drawn into Hailey’s messed up world.  While there are little nuggets of happiness and sunshine be prepared to be faced with cold hard reality of life in the slums when you pick up this book.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, General Fiction

3 Responses

  1. J. Kaye

    I just finished a book that had that sort of realism. It was LOVE OR SOMETHING LIKE IT by Deirdre Shaw. I stayed up until the wee hours finishing it. Great writing!

  2. dsuzuki

    That one sounds interesting but I think right now I need something fluffy to read :)

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