22 September 2010

Made in the U.S.A. | Book Review Mini

Book: Made in the U.S.A.
Authoress: Billie Letts
Pages: 355 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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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18 comments :

  1. Hmm, I'm not to sure I'd enjoy this one...but great honest review, Juju =)

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  2. Really Juju? I loved this book!
    Have you read her other books, there is definitely a theme.

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  3. First off, love the cover. The cover and picture itself, eye catching all the way. On to the story...wow, who'd have thought? Pretty wrapping for a not so pretty storyline....thanks for sharing though! I always love how you share the good and the not-so-good aspects as fair warning for readers. ^_^

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  4. I read this a couple of months ago and I really liked it. I hated Lutie (wasn't Lutie?) too. She drove me crazy!! But I really did love the story.

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  5. I didn't expect such a gritty tale paired with that gorgeous cover! But great review! :)

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  6. I do think it would be more a library book for me after reading this review. Good to know :=

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  7. Sounds like a tough read. And I agree with the others, the pretty cover gives you no clue to the harsh storyline. Thanks for the review!

    Alyssa
    Teens Read and Write

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  8. Don't know about this one for me but from you review I wonder in what wat was Lettie exploited.

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  9. I don't like rapes and sexual exploitations... outside my comfort zone... I don't think I would be picking this one up. Thank you for the honest review!

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  10. I like the cover but I'm not sure if it's enough to pick it up.

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  11. I'm in the same boat as some of the others, the cover is gorgeous, but the story doesn't sound too great. Sad. Great review though, very honest. Thank you! :o)

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  12. Yikes! This definitely sounds like it's outside my comfort zone, too, as many other commenters have noted. I'm glad for the warning -- I've had a copy in my TBR stack for a long while now, but maybe I'll just go ahead and pass it along to a friend instead!

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  13. I like her other work...but it sounds like Lettie would work my nerves! Thanks for the warning! :)

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  14. I have another of her works sitting here, and I want to read this one too. Great review!

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  15. I love the cover. It sounds interesting, but too bad it you didn't care for it. I like your honest review.

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  16. I have this one but I haven't read it yet. It's been awhile since I read anything by this author actually.

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  17. The cover of this book is so pretty... it seems to be in such contradiction to what the story's about. I hate it when that happens! Sometimes I look at the cover of a book and I can just imagine the magical story buried beneath it only to be dissapointed... I'm a little bit guilty of judging books by their covers sometimes I guess...

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

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    1. It is! It totally is. And I'm soooo with you. I really expect allot out of covers and I hate when they disappoint me.
      :)

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