Freckled: A Memoir of Growing up Wild in Hawaii

Neal Enterprises INC
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For fans of The Glass Castle and Educated, comes mystery author Toby Neal’s personal story of surviving a wild childhood in paradise.

We never call it homeless. We’re just camping in the jungle on Kauai...

We live in a place everyone calls paradise. Sure, Kauai’s beautiful, with empty beaches, drip-castle mountains, and perfect surf...but we’ve been camping for six months, eating boiled chicken feed for breakfast, and wearing camouflage clothes so no one sees us trespassing in our jungle hideout. The cockroaches leave rainbow colors all over everything from eating the crayons we left outside the tent, and now a tractor is coming to scrape our camp into the river.

Standing in front of the tent in my nightgown, clinging to my sister as we face the tractor, I know my own truth: I just want to be normal.

But Mom and Pop are addicted.

Addicted to Kauai’s beauty, to drugs, to surfing, to living a life according to their own rules out from under their high-achieving parents’ judgmental eyes. I’m just their red-headed, mouthy oldest kid. What I want doesn’t matter.

But I’m smart. I will make a different life for myself someday if I keep up my grades no matter what happens.

No matter how often we run out of food.

No matter how many times I change schools...or don’t go to school at all.

No matter how many bullies beat me up for the color of my skin.

I might be growing up wild in Hawaii, but I have dreams I’m going to reach, no matter how crazy things get.

★★ Gold Winner in Memoir/Autobiography for  eLit Book Awards 2019 ★★

★★ First Place in non-fiction for the 2019 Indie Reader Discovery Awards! ★★

★★ Winner for Memoir in the 13th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards ★★

★★ NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Women's Interest Winner 2019 ★★

“An affecting and riveting chronicle of a singular childhood that evokes the contradictions of hippie utopian ideals in an unspoiled Hawaiian landscape long since lost.” ~Kirkus Reviews

"A celebration of the best within each of us as well as a witness of human frailty and resilience, T.W. Neal’s memoir is a must-read!" ~Lehua Parker, author of One Boy, No Water

"As much a meditation on inner strength as it is on family dynamics, T.W. Neal's gorgeous memoir Freckled isn't one to be missed. I read it two great gulps, and I can still see the palm fronds swaying above a girl who wouldn't give up. Highly recommended." - Rachael Herron, author of Fast-Draft Your Memoir: Write Your Life Story in 45 Hours

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About the author

TW Neal is the nonfiction writing name for USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Toby Neal.

Neal, a redheaded, freckle-faced clinical social worker and mental health therapist, grew up on the island of Kaua`i, inspiring her memoir, FRECKLED: a Memoir of Growing up Wild in Hawaii. 

"Everything that happens in our lives is the stuff of story," Neal says, "and sometimes the best stories are true."

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Neal Enterprises INC
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Published on
Dec 30, 2018
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Biography & Autobiography / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / General
Biography & Autobiography / General
Biography & Autobiography / Literary Figures
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Biography & Autobiography / Women
Family & Relationships / Dysfunctional Families
Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Literary
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