Authoress: Billie Letts
Pages: 355 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Goodreads: Made in the U.S.A.
Subject: Orphans | Lost childhood | Child exploitation
Genre: Adult Fiction | Drama
My summary & say: When their caretaker dies in a Wal-mart, 15-year-old Lettie and her 11-year-old brother Fate are instantly orphans. Petrified of Child Protective Services, they steal her car and flee to the last known location of their deadbeat alcoholic dad. What happens along the way, is realistic, gritty, and often left me cringing. While Billie always sends humanly angels to assist her characters, this isn't a tale for the faint-of-heart; Lettie is exploited in many ways before help finally arrives.
My kiddie-o-meter: While the story refrains from clear descriptions, please note there is sexual exploitation, a near rape, and drug addiction.
My star rating: 3 out of 5 stars. I found my self several times ready to give up on this book. As an older sister who helped raise her younger siblings, I hated Lettie and her selfish childish decisions. But, I loved her little brother Fate. I wanted to adopt him.
My final say: If you're a fan of Billie Letts, get this one from the library.
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