soup of the day: girl, hero by carrie jones


Hi. My name is Wayne and I want ya to listen up.

My little missy,Carrie Jones, has a new book out this month.

It’s called, Girl, Hero, and if ya know what’s good for you, you’ll get yourself a copy and read it.

          GIRL, HERO by Carrie Jones (Flux, 2008)
          Young Adult, 312 pp.

Now, I’m not one to brag, but I just happen to be in this book. Seems a girl named Liliana, just starting high school, writes me a pack of letters because she’s got no one else to turn to. Her ma’s got a new man who worships the bottle. Her pa is up to some un-cowboy things. Her best friend, Nicole, sets her sights on some shallow goals. And don’t even ask me about Lili’s brother-in-law. Any man who beats on a woman is a sorry excuse for a human being.

Right about now you’re probably wondering, "How’s that girl gonna see her way clear so she can ride off into the sunset?" Make no mistake. No young person should have to walk around in those boots. But this is the real world. And any book about a young person who has only herself to depend on, and who, in the end, becomes her own hero, is a book worth reading.

Most of you know me from the big screen. I’ve been on both sides of the law and ridden some pretty steep trails. Today, because I love my little lady, I broke new ground and stepped into the kitchen. During the writing of Girl, Hero, I had to remind Carrie over and over again to cowboy up and write. Friends, she’s got true grit and done me proud. 

         It took three chefs from the alphabet soup kitchen,

                   three cans of designer tomato soup,

               and three whole boxes of alphabet pasta.

That’s what ya need to make celebration soup for book #3. 

A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

Well, what are ya waiting for? Slurp hearty, and tip your Stetson to my girl!
            Today’s Special: Western Tomato Grit

**See Carrie’s website for reviews and an excerpt of Girl, Hero.

  Click here to visit the alphabet soup gallery!

21 thoughts on “soup of the day: girl, hero by carrie jones

  1. Jama, there is no doubt now. None at all. You are too too much.
    Grover and organic alphabet pasta.
    While the rest of us are saying Congratulations, you are off making works of art. Talk about girl heroes..


  2. Grover! Really?!
    John Wayne AND my favorite Sesame Street character? How can I resist? This book just moved up to the top of my to-read list. Well played, Jama!
    ~eisha (7-Imp)


  3. I came over from 7-Imp’s Seven Kicks comments thread to wish you a happy blogiversary. I am cheering you (and your soup soup!) on.
    I also was going to tell you that a forthcoming YA novel utilizes alphabet soup, but I didn’t want to give anything away, so I’m withholding the title from this post until you ask, “What book?!”
    I was planning to review Girl, Hero today, too. Please don’t think I’m copying you! 😉
    Speaking of which, organic alphabet pasta sounds GOOD.


  4. Girl Hero was a GREAT read. I loved it, and being a teenager myself, I found the characters easy to relate to. I plucked it off the shelf thinking it was just a book about a girl who got a happy ending and actually got a book that made me tear up once I got near the middle and end. You should read it. 🙂


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