Intelligent Corrine, abandoned by her mother, and artsy Jamie, forced to play football by a redneck father, both dream of leaving their podunk town and never looking back. Their shared love of literature and a dream of a better life bring them together and a romance blossoms between them in a secret place of their own in the steamy North Carolina woods. When Jamie is involved in the accidental death of a white girl, he's terrified of his abusive father. Corrine takes the blame to protect Jaime, with dire consequences for herself and her dreams of the future. Her life in danger, Corrine's left wondering if Jamie ever cared about her at all.
Family Relationship; Racial Diversity; Legal guardianship; Family member death; Family violence; Interracial; Race discrimination; grandparent raising grandchild; absent mother; deceased father; abusive father; interracial friendship; interracial relationship; racism
female teenager; male teenager
African American / White
romance; high school; accidental death; college plans; football; writing; North Carolina; blame
Cresswell, Lisa, "Hush Puppy" (2013). Diverse Families. 504.