Red Dirt by Anna Jarzab

Red Dirt

The small town of Lake Bittersweet, Oklahoma, ain't no paradise, but Sammy Lester has lived there her whole life, and she'll most likely be buried there, too. Don't matter that she barely graduated high school, or that money's tight, or that her ex-con father's on the verge of losing custody of her six-year-old half sister Decca. Sammy can't leave Lake Bittersweet. She's g...

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ISBN:0373212518
Number of Pages:384 pages

Red Dirt Reviews

  • Donna

    Lake Bittersweet, Oklahoma is where Sammy Lester, her brother and father live. A trailer is their home, nothing fancy, but a place to come to and has been for a very long time. Her father is divorced from his wife and is fighting for custody of their daughter, Decca. A very strained relationship with the whole family over this. Sammy wants Decca to live with them.

    Suddenly, Sammy's father goes missing. At first no one thinks that he would be in trouble, only took off for a bit. No, Sammy is convi

    Lake Bittersweet, Oklahoma is where Sammy Lester, her brother and father live. A trailer is their home, nothing fancy, but a place to come to and has been for a very long time. Her father is divorced from his wife and is fighting for custody of their daughter, Decca. A very strained relationship with the whole family over this. Sammy wants Decca to live with them.

    Suddenly, Sammy's father goes missing. At first no one thinks that he would be in trouble, only took off for a bit. No, Sammy is convinced something untoward has happened. She and her brother go to the police, but nothing is being done to check the whereabouts of their father. Sammy knows in her bones that a local drug dealer, Redbreast Tuller, is responsible. The sheriff is in Redbreast's pocket, so no worries.

    Sammy decides to take things into her own hands if she wants answers. She meets up with some problems and gets hurt, almost raped. She wants someone to pay for the disappearance of her father and, by God, they will.

    I won this ARC giveaway through Good Reads. I found it very good and a real page turner.

  • PAM3LA (Lit Literatures)

    So I received this book in the mail not knowing much about it, in the end it was a pretty good book. Not REALLY good, but pretty good. The things I liked about the book were the murder mystery and the family dynamics. However, the relationship in this book was satisfactory. The two characters never really talked, in other words it was very physical (which was kinda boring and annoying)

    As I mentioned previously, the mystery about how here dad went missing was very interesting along with the well

    So I received this book in the mail not knowing much about it, in the end it was a pretty good book. Not REALLY good, but pretty good. The things I liked about the book were the murder mystery and the family dynamics. However, the relationship in this book was satisfactory. The two characters never really talked, in other words it was very physical (which was kinda boring and annoying)

    As I mentioned previously, the mystery about how here dad went missing was very interesting along with the well developed side characters (the Tuller family). By the end of the book I was enjoying it a lot, however not gonna lie, I had to really push myself to continue reading it at the beginning because it felt very simple and the plot was kinda overdone.

    4 stars.

    If that was enough to convince you to read it then go ahead. But in my opinion, life is too short to read a "meh" book. So no, don't bother reading it.

    Actually I change my mind! Read it for the mystery....but don't read it for the romance.

  • Kathleen

    I am not the target audience for this book (a teenager.) However, I am a teacher, and I read many YA and middle-grade books. That said: I found some aspects of the book engaging and some troubling. Sammy Lester just turned 18, and she has been smoking, drinking, and having sex for some time. She is a self-identified redneck and says (or thinks) several similes/metaphors/personifications per page. These observations give her a folksy/country feel---but perhaps they're a bit overdone. ("I look aro

    I am not the target audience for this book (a teenager.) However, I am a teacher, and I read many YA and middle-grade books. That said: I found some aspects of the book engaging and some troubling. Sammy Lester just turned 18, and she has been smoking, drinking, and having sex for some time. She is a self-identified redneck and says (or thinks) several similes/metaphors/personifications per page. These observations give her a folksy/country feel---but perhaps they're a bit overdone. ("I look around, nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs....") Too many are like slathering a thick fudge frosting on a lemon meringue pie (my simile.)

    Sammy cares about her half-sister, brother, and ex-con dad and searches for proof of her father's murderer. This part of the story feels real, but I don't see any basis for the attraction (love) between Sammy and her boyfriend other than looks and sex.

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