Girls in Trucks: Review and Giveaway (6/22) CLOSED

Friday, May 22, 2009 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
Sarah Walters, the narrator of GIRLS IN TRUCKS, is a reluctant Camellia Society debutante. She has always felt ill-fitted to the rococo ways of Southern womanhood and family, and is anxious to shake the bonds of her youth. Still, she follows the traditional path laid out for her. This is Charleston, and in this beautiful, dark, segregated town, established rules and manners mean everything.

But as Sarah grows older, she finds that her Camellia lessons fail her, particularly as she goes to college, moves North, and navigates love and life in New York. There, Sarah and her group of displaced deb sisters try to define themselves within the realities of modern life. Heartbreak, addiction, disappointing jobs and death fail to live up to the hazy, happy future promised to them by their Camellia mothers and sisters.

When some unexpected bumps in the road--an unplanned birth, a family death--lead Sarah back home, she's forced to take another long look at the fading empire of her youth. It takes a strange turn of events to finally ground Sarah enough to make some serious choices. And only then does she realize that as much as she tried to deny it, where she comes from will always affect where she ends up. The motto of her girlhood cotillion society, "Once a Camellia, always a Camellia," may turn out to have more wisdom and pull to it than she ever could have guessed.


My Review
The title of this charming book, Girls in Trucks, comes from one of the Camellias rules: proper girls should not be seen riding in a truck. However, Sarah Walters, the heroine, finds herself in trucks more often than not - and not just of the regular kind. She grows up in Charleston, with all the traditions and etiquette of her Southern society. Despite these many rules - or maybe because of them - she does not feel that she belongs. Sarah is a good girl who makes poor choices and an outsider who quietly rebels in her own way. Her search for a place to belong takes her up North, to school, a job, and a succession of relationships that never quite fit.

Sarah tells her fresh and funny story, even the sad parts, in the amused and slightly detached voice of an observer. Her first-person narrative is honest and straightforward. She does not seek excuses for her mistakes, nor does she want the sympathy of the reader. I could not help but like her, root for her and hope that her journey would end well.

I enjoyed reading Girls in Trucks - it's a national bestseller, by the way, and I think it deserves to be. It is also Katie Crouch's first book. Currently, she is working on her second - and I cannot wait to read it, too!

You can buy Girls in Trucks at booksellers nationwide. Or, you can enter my giveaway and win a copy!

The Giveaway
Thanks to Hachette Book Group, I have the opportunity to give away FIVE copies of Girls in Trucks!

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The deadline to enter is June 22, 2009, 11:59pm EST. Five winners will be randomly selected and notified by e-mail. You will have 72 hours to get back to me, or another winner will be chosen.

Open to residents of U.S. or Canada only. No P.O. box addresses, please. One book per person. Winners will receive their prizes directly from Hachette Book Group. Book information was provided by the publisher.

Good luck!

126 comments:

  1. fivemonkiesreview said...

    Oh! I'd love to read this book!

  2. fivemonkiesreview said...

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  3. Flying Giggles and Lollipops said...

    I would love to read this. i actually picked it up in a book store and realized I saw it on a mommy blog. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. auntrene said...

    I just wanted to say I won this book, Began reading it last night.. Oh it is great. I am about half way through this great read. Will finish it up tonight. You will love Girls in Trucks highly recommend.

  9. Nicole said...

    I love to read and this book looks so good. All the reviews I've read have been very positive.

  10. Nicole said...

    Last good book I read was the 4th Harry Potter book. I just started reading the series last month and I am hooked. I'm a little late in the game, but better late than never.

  11. Nicole said...

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  13. Carlene said...

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  14. Carlene said...

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  15. Susan said...

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  17. Alicia said...

    Sounds like an interesting read.

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  18. quiltingreader said...

    Nice review. It sounds like a good book.

  19. Debbie Rodgers said...

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  29. Mom of 5 Boys said...

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  40. Mishia said...

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  41. Brooke said...

    All the reviews I had read have be raving about this book.. So I added it to my TBR and oo is it getting long hehee

  42. Pat said...

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  46. catsnbooks12 said...

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  57. ossmcalc said...

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  59. Cindy said...

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  60. Cindy said...

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    This sounds fantastic! I always felt out of place in the South, too--as if the rules of society just didn't (or couldn't) apply to me!

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  66. Kelly said...

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  70. Nicole D. said...

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  71. Mama Hill said...

    I could always use a good book, this one looks great! Thanks!

  72. Mama Hill said...

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  73. Mama Hill said...

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  74. Terra H. said...

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  85. Lesley said...

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  86. Lesley said...

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  87. Lifestooshort said...

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  88. Kat Bryan said...

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  89. Kat Bryan said...

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  92. Jinxy and Me said...

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  95. Jinxy and Me said...

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  96. Mia J. said...

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  98. Allison said...

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  113. ossmcalc said...

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  114. ossmcalc said...

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  115. Sammie said...

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  116. Sammie said...

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  120. LittleEagle said...

    This sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway

  121. bucket trucks said...

    This one is really cool. Girls must not be seen on trucks? When we thought of the trucks we always got in our minds bucket trucks which sometimes dubbed as the cherry picker. This is true where this equipment really helps in jobs where height is the matter.

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  126. Agatha Craxie said...

    I'd love to read this! =)

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