Get ready for a rollicking ride into the world of movies, mayhem, and teenage dreams with Florida Hustle, the uproarious new coming-of-age novel by acclaimed author Paul Wilborn.
It’s 1982 and Michael Donnelly is passionate about two things – 1960s Italian horror movies and Dawn Karston, a scream queen he’s seen only in a series of B-grade slasher films. When the storyboards he mails Dawn, with graphic depictions of her death in the movies Michael hopes to make, are mistaken for actual death threats, the 17-year-old flees his family’s Palm Beach mansion and, gathering some oddball sidekicks, heads into the Everglades where Dawn is shooting her latest blood and boobs epic, Swamp Fiend 2
With a mix of humor and heart, Wilborn crafts a page-turner of a book that explores teenage passions, obsessions, and naivety, while revealing that adults are just as good at fooling themselves as teenagers.
Florida Hustle is not just a book about Hollywood dreams; it’s a vibrant exploration of growing up, finding one’s voice, and taking a chance on love. Paul’s witty prose and relatable characters will resonate with readers of all ages, reminding them of the magic of youthful ambition and the power of pursuing one’s passions.
The book has earned rave reviews – Kirkus included the novel in its 100 Best Indie Books list and gave Florida Hustle a coveted “starred review.” Readers report falling in love with a story that delivers laughter, thrills, and a touch of cinematic flair. Dive into this uproarious adventure today and join Michael on his quest to rewrite the script of his own life – and Dawn’s.