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.
If you have never read any of Billie Letts books, this one would be a good place to start. This a tale of two kids alone in this world doomed until a kind sole who also has a lot of troubles befriends them. It turns out all three survive and begin a happy life after a rough ordeal. It was great book and I could hardly put down until I was finished with it. You will be hooked on Letts, if you read it.