This is the third book of hers I have read and I am not sure I would waste the money to read another one. I found this story to be dull, a slow read and more rambling than anything. The book is broke up into three parts; to me each part seemed like a mini story, they didn't flow together well. The main girl Lutie was horrible and after the third or fourth chapter I was tired of her selfish whiny ways. I loved the book Honk and Holler opening soon, I guess I was hopeing this book would be just as good but I was let down. I wouldn't buy this book, I would wait to get it free from this site or a friend. Hoenstly this has to be one of the slowest most painful stories I have read in a long time. I kept reading on hopeing it would pick up and go but it never did :(
I really LOVED the audiobook version of MADE IN THE U.S.A. I thought the narrator, Cassandra Morris did a phenomenal job of portraying the voices of Lutie Mcfee and her 11 year old brother Fate.
Lutie is a bristly 15 year old who appears to be an obnoxious, ungrateful brat through a lot of the story. Fate is her bookworm, awkward brother who has a heart of gold and the patience of a saint. They end up homeless in Las Vegas where Lutie struggles to find work so they can eat and have a place to sleep. But where is a 15 year old going to find a job?
I couldn't stop listening until it was over, and now I wish there was more. My original intention was to get the audiobook, listen to it and then donate it to our local library. I enjoyed the story so much I got another copy of the audiobook so I could keep one to listen to again.
This was a very quick read and a good book. At some points it was very predictable, but at others it wasn't. It's marked as a young adult book, at least according to my library, but I don't think it should be. I would definitely recommend it if you're looking for a quick "in-between" book.
I enjoyed this book very much. The characters acted as the would in real life, and their fears and feelings seemed to be right on the nose. The plot keeps moving quickly, and I don't think there was a boring part in the entire book. It is an easy read, as I finished it in a weekend. I won't return it to the library yet, as I suggested my 15 year old daughter read it first.
I literally could not pry this book from my fingers. I read the entire thing in a day from start to finish. The characters are real but not perfect, which I like. You can tell the author put a lot of thought into who Lutie and Fate McFee are as people and how they would act in certain situations. They make mistakes, but as a 13 year old girl and an 11 year old boy, their characters are more than believeable - they are real. Her characterization of Lutie McFee is spot on. She is sassy, headstrong, and yet innocent in the ways that only experience can age you.
I'm the type of reader where characters that always 'DO THE RIGHT THING' bug me, because they seem fake. Good characters make or break a story for me, and these characters are so lifelike, I fell like I know them personally. The main characters react the way most kids would, given the responsibility they are thrust into at such an early age.
Ulitmately, it's a story dealing with the good and the bad that the real world throws at us. An excellent, excellent book. I plan on rereading this, and picking up Letts' other books as well.