Crazy Horse's Girlfriend PDF/EPUB ↠ Crazy Horse's

Crazy Horse's Girlfriend PDF/EPUB ↠ Crazy Horse's
  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • Crazy Horse's Girlfriend
  • Erika T. Wurth
  • 05 November 2017
  • 1940430437

Crazy Horse's Girlfriend✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Crazy Horse's Girlfriend By Erika T. Wurth ⚣ – Essayreview.co.uk Margaritte is a sharp tongued, drug dealing, sixteen year old Native American floundering in a Colorado town crippled by poverty, unemployment, and drug abuse She hates the burnout, futureless kids su Margaritte is a sharp tongued, drug dealing, sixteen year old Native American floundering in a Colorado town crippled by poverty, unemployment, and drug abuse She hates the burnout, futureless kids surrounding her and dreams that she and her unreliable new boyfriend can move far beyond the bright lights of Denver that float on the horizon before the daily suffocation of teen pregnancy eats her alive.


About the Author: Erika T. Wurth

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10 thoughts on “Crazy Horse's Girlfriend

  1. says:

    I won this book via goodreads in exchange for an honest review 16 Native American Drug Dealer Pregnant Sold Looking through the First Reads Giveaways is where I came across Crazy Horse s Girlfriend, and after reading just the first sentence of the synopsis, I knew I had to have it Soo, I took a chance, entered the giveaway, crossed my fingers that I would win, and guess what I Did But my excitement pretty much ended there Let s dive in to see why.First I would like to say that I nei I won this book via goodreads in exchange for an honest review 16 Native American Drug Dealer Pregnant Sold Looking through the First Reads Giveaways is where I came across Crazy Horse s Girlfriend, and after reading just the first sentence of the synopsis, I knew I had to have it Soo, I took a chance, entered the giveaway, crossed my fingers that I would win, and guess what I Did But my excitement pretty much ended there Let s dive in to see why.First I would like to say that I neither enjoyed, nor disliked this novelIf that makes any sense. There were parts where I was turned off and wanted to stop reading, but on the other hand, I was still slightly intrigued and wanted to see how everything panned out in the end Let s begin with the characters MagaritteMmmm I really didn t enjoy Magaritte as the main character She was a bit naive, a bit of an asshole, and was often insensitive to others With such odds being against her, I was hoping that she would shine above all, but she often did the opposite She was an underachiever, horrible grades in school, no real interest in being better than her peers or relatives However, I liked that about her as well She wasn t the typical female protagonist in today s YA JakeJake was supposed to be the bad boy of the story You know the typical,I m the big drug dealing troubled kid, that s in and out of jail. But then again he wasn t What I mean is, he was of course, a drug dealer, he was in out of jailAlot, but he was also a really nice guy actually I liked the relationship that he had with his cousin Magaritte even though everytime they were together troubled ensued MikeThe new kid on the block Mysterious, and rich Well atleast his parents were An adopted kid, like Jake who moved to Idaho Springs for unknown reasons You find out towards the end Mike was bit of a weird character I really liked him at first, mainly because he took a interest in Magaritte, and I was hoping a love interest would soften her up a bit, and also the fact that he was a reader Things end up happening fast between Mike and Magaritte before she finds out what type of person he truly is.If you notice, I only touch basis on three people, and that s because the other characters in the book feltlike extras to me Wasted space almost All of the characters fell flat, I couldn t connect to any other them Magaritte, Jake and Mike included which is why it was hard for me to truly enjoy the story Okay now on to the setting.I believe the setting was the best aspect of this novel The Author wanted a gritty surrounding, she wanted you to see the characters living in poverty, and she definitely succeeded with that For example, when she would describe an abandoned house, it was as if you could see the old dingy furniture, the broken shards on glass on the floor, the dusty toys families left behind in urgency It gave the story such a gloomy feeling Whenever I was reading, I always pictured it to be a cloudy day No sunshine just gray skies and rain In the end, I give this novel 2 1 2 to 3 stars There were times were I hated certain things, such as the dialogue, where the fuck word is used excessively, along with other things, making the conversation between characters completely annoying and unbearable But as I stated earlier, there were things that I sorta, kinda liked as well I refuse to tell someone to not pick up a book I m all about supporting authors whether I enjoy their work or not, and really do feel that this book wasn t completely horrible The characters, dialogue, and writing could all be better But hey, a book experience is what you make itright

  2. says:

    An intense, compelling book about harsh, harsh realities that doesn t shy away from that but also not from hope and heart Margaritte is a 16 year old mixed race Apache, Chickasaw, and Cherokee young woman living in Idaho Springs, Colorado She s a drug dealer working with her cousin, both her parents are physically abusive, her white dad s an alcoholic, and her apparently nice new boyfriend turns out to be a lying cokehead Halfway through the book she gets pregnant This sounds like a straight An intense, compelling book about harsh, harsh realities that doesn t shy away from that but also not from hope and heart Margaritte is a 16 year old mixed race Apache, Chickasaw, and Cherokee young woman living in Idaho Springs, Colorado She s a drug dealer working with her cousin, both her parents are physically abusive, her white dad s an alcoholic, and her apparently nice new boyfriend turns out to be a lying cokehead Halfway through the book she gets pregnant This sounds like a straightforward, hard story of misery, but it s never that simple Wurth continually resists the narrative of Margaritte being a victim and imbues her with smarts and self determination No one here is a stereotype, everyone defies expectations, and no one is only one thing, even if they re an abuser or an asshole This gave me lots to think about issues like adoption, teen pregnancy, poverty, colonization, queer native identity, andIt s a book that refuses to be easy, to provide easy answers, but is ready to show you other, unexpected options

  3. says:

    I read this in one evening well, a long evening I stayed up into early the next morning because I couldn t put this book down and must say that I really got into this story Much of the book is indeed, gritty, and heart tearing to someone me who has daughters of Magaritte s generation After the first rather shocking chapter, what really touched me was the tenderness of Magaritte, and of her cousin, Jake, towards each other as well as their relatives and friends The first chapter is, surel I read this in one evening well, a long evening I stayed up into early the next morning because I couldn t put this book down and must say that I really got into this story Much of the book is indeed, gritty, and heart tearing to someone me who has daughters of Magaritte s generation After the first rather shocking chapter, what really touched me was the tenderness of Magaritte, and of her cousin, Jake, towards each other as well as their relatives and friends The first chapter is, surely, jarring and even disturbing some of the issues situations and just plain scariness of their world during the early 1990s are certainly laid bare for us The next chapter, however, although set in such difficulties, begins to unveil, just a little at a time, the essence of Magaritte I don t want to spoil the read for anyone I will just say here that she is what I would call a really believable girl of those times not nearly as tough as she would have us think and at the same time much, much stronger This book plot, characters, messages iscomplex than my short review, here, which focuses on the running thread that is the actual truth and beauty of this young lady and I have known other young ladies very much like Magaritte The last thing I will say is that it made me cry Girls I knew from my daughters teen years went on to such diverse life experiences, and some didn t survive at all, literally and figuratively What will Magaritte s future hold

  4. says:

    Erika T Wurth s debut novel from Curbside Splendor, Crazy Horse s Girlfriend, also deals with teen pregnancy, but the circumstances couldn t bedifferent.Wurth s protagonist, Magaritte, is a 16 year old Native American whose family has escaped the poverty and despair of the reservation but is just barely getting by in Idaho Springs, Colorado Magaritte is a bright but irreverent young girl who juggles school and a part time job, taking care of her toddler twin sisters, keeping her wild cou Erika T Wurth s debut novel from Curbside Splendor, Crazy Horse s Girlfriend, also deals with teen pregnancy, but the circumstances couldn t bedifferent.Wurth s protagonist, Magaritte, is a 16 year old Native American whose family has escaped the poverty and despair of the reservation but is just barely getting by in Idaho Springs, Colorado Magaritte is a bright but irreverent young girl who juggles school and a part time job, taking care of her toddler twin sisters, keeping her wild cousin Jake out of trouble and staying out of her alcoholic father s way To make ends meet, she helps Jake with petty drug deals Then she meets a boy Mike is the new kid in school who s moved from California to the wealthy suburbs of Idaho Springs He took my clothes off slowly, his hand running down my hip, over my thunderbird tattoo I love this thing, he said and kissed it This exchange sends a warning to readers that Mike sees Magaritte not as a person so much as an exotic other, a plaything for his fantasies Magaritte, though street savvy and justifiably wary, is still just a kid, and she falls for him in a bad way Mike, of course, isn t as innocent as she is first made to believe, and their romance has terrible consequences for Magaritte, Jake and her entire family.It s a plot right out of an after school special, but in Crazy Horse s Girlfriend, there s no safety net On TV, the hardest thing the protagonist has to do is face the consequences of her actions Magaritte has to do that, too, and it s not easy, but her situation is complicated by the constant threat of violence both on the streets and in her home.Wurth paints a stirring portrait of life at the margins for a Native American teen whose dream of living a normal life is compromised by the poverty she desperately tries to escape Crazy Horse s Girlfriend isn t just a story about Native Americans it s an American story we cannot afford to ignore

  5. says:

    This is a tough read It s a gritty look at life in an impoverished small town in Colorado, with 16 year old Margaritte figuring out who she is, who it is she wants to be, and how to make a life better than the one her parents made for her The writing and the pacing are imperfect here, though those are secondary to the bigger story It s rare to see a Native main character in a YA novel and even rarer to see one who is dealing with a lot of challenges drugs, pregnancy, alcoholism, an abusive This is a tough read It s a gritty look at life in an impoverished small town in Colorado, with 16 year old Margaritte figuring out who she is, who it is she wants to be, and how to make a life better than the one her parents made for her The writing and the pacing are imperfect here, though those are secondary to the bigger story It s rare to see a Native main character in a YA novel and even rarer to see one who is dealing with a lot of challenges drugs, pregnancy, alcoholism, an abusive alcoholic parent and figuring out how to make best with them in a way that doesn t disrespect her culture or background The ending was a little too neat for my own tastes, especially after such a tough go of things, but I suspect others may find it satisfying to have some of those bows tied

  6. says:

    It was good, but there were quite a few typos missing words, wrong words used, and one instance where the sentence lacked meaning It was something like, in the summer, a warm, windy day in January and that seems like something that should ve been caught by an editor Wurth s storytelling was excellent, and the novel was a good read, but the editorial errors were distracting.

  7. says:

    Just remembered I read this could have used a better editor but the main girl s voice was super clear It s one of the first YA books I can recall reading that dealt with drug use and abortion, and both were presented in a v nonjudgmental way

  8. says:

    Sixteen year old Margaritte is constantly planning an escape route from her miserable circumstances A mix of Apache, Chickasaw, Cherokee, and white, she finds her Idaho Springs, Colorado, home nothing less than depressing Beyond ennui at home, Margaritte has to deal with the daily stress of her volatile alcoholic father and a mother who can be equally explosive, while helping care for her innocent six year old twin sisters She s tired of living on the cusp of poverty, as well as being surroun Sixteen year old Margaritte is constantly planning an escape route from her miserable circumstances A mix of Apache, Chickasaw, Cherokee, and white, she finds her Idaho Springs, Colorado, home nothing less than depressing Beyond ennui at home, Margaritte has to deal with the daily stress of her volatile alcoholic father and a mother who can be equally explosive, while helping care for her innocent six year old twin sisters She s tired of living on the cusp of poverty, as well as being surrounded by teens who have no future aspirations High on their chart of escapism is drugs and alcohol, while many girls succumb to teenage pregnancy a statistic that Margaritte has no intention of becoming Ironically, Margaritte, who drinks and smokes pot, sees the wads of cash she hopes to bring in as a drug dealer and her new love, Mike Walker as the ticket out of her loathsome life Yet the hope of a brighter future suddenly appears dismal when Margaritte learns that she s pregnant.In her debut novel, Wurth has created a plethora of hardened teens and their means of survival in unforgiving conditions The story s protagonist narrator is Margaritte, whose insistence on not becoming a loser truly earmarks her as an underdog, as she struggles to go against the grain of her impoverished society The language Wurth uses, which includes Lakota terminology, is raw and visceral, reflecting just how tough these teens are, especially Margaritte.Written in first person, Wurth s narrative is full of literary techniques that highlight themes of codependency amid Native American culture during the 1990s Of prominence is Wurth s use of a leitwortstil a purposeful repetition of words that usually expresses an important story motif or theme in the phrase for a Moment The intentional capitalization of the letter m tells the reader that various characters, most often Margaritte, are deliberately observing a situation and wondering why life is like it is, as in this example between Margaritte and her mother Mom was grading It seemed like she was always grading She looked up, smiled, her dark eyes full of exhaustion She touched the bruise on my face with the back of her fingertips and I took her hand We watched each other like that for a Moment, and then our hands dropped and I ate my cereal.Wurth does an excellent job describing the devastating effects of codependency in drugs, alcoholism, and relationships Although Margaritte is equally a victim of codependency, she sees the horrific results of meth and coke addicts, and the damaging effect that alcoholism has on her father The vicious cycle of codependency is not limited to substance abuse Wurth focuses on codependency in relationships, such as Margaritte s mother who is in denial, fixed on the happy memories of the past, and believes that her husband is getting better when clearly he is not Another example Mike and Margaritte s happy beginning that turns sour With codependency, one expects plenty of conflicts, almost like a ticking time bomb, which are bound to explode at some point And, indeed, Wurth creates enough un hackneyed conflicts to keep her story fresh and constantly moving.Without specifically stating that the story takes place in the 1990s, Wurth refers to items from that time period, such as the hip hop and rap music the teens listen to Biggie, TuPac , TV shows The Electric Company , popular book titles Hyperion by Dan Simmons, early Stephen King novels , and items like cassette tapes and rotary dial phones.Kudos to Wurth for producing a gripping and heart wrenching narrative that is not only a must read for young adult and older readers, but also a wonderful addition to Native American literature.by Anita Lockfor Story Circle Book Reviewsreviewing books by, for, and about women

  9. says:

    Good Lord I m loving the voice in this one.

  10. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Margaritte struggles with many aspects of her life throughout this book She is half Native American from her mother, half white from her father, works a job as a waitress that she hates, and she hates going to High School She struggles with her identity, and she turns to dealing drugs with her cousin Her home life is difficult because she has an alcoholic father and her mother refuses to accept that he has a problem, making it difficult for Margaritte to want to be home at all She looks for Margaritte struggles with many aspects of her life throughout this book She is half Native American from her mother, half white from her father, works a job as a waitress that she hates, and she hates going to High School She struggles with her identity, and she turns to dealing drugs with her cousin Her home life is difficult because she has an alcoholic father and her mother refuses to accept that he has a problem, making it difficult for Margaritte to want to be home at all She looks for ways to avoid being home or at school, leading her to her boyfriend who only seems to want sex and ends up cheating on her She finds out that she is pregnant, and is fearful of being a teenage bother because she thinks that because she is Native American she is just another negative statistic of Native American people She also struggles with her cousin being arrested, and she nearly dies after her father nearly kills her and her family while he is drunk.There was a lot of tension throughout this book which I enjoyed Margaritte just can t seem to catch a break, which especially sucks because she was already struggling with her personal day to day life with work, school, and home life Her life getsandcomplicated, making it a little difficult to follow at times The book seems to move kind of slowly at first, and then all at once she deals with her cousin being arrested, her drunk father almost killing her, and the struggle with being pregnant and trying to decide what she wants to do about the baby The big problem with this book is that there isn t really any resolutionit s a dark novel about a girl going through some really tough things, and ends with her still dealing with those same issues While it was enjoyable because there was so much going on that it was hard to get bored, the fact that there wasn t much resolution by the end makes me dislike it

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