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Made in the U.S.A.
Made in the USA
Author: Billie Letts
The bestselling author of WHERE THE HEART IS returns with a heartrending tale of two children in search of a place to call home. Lutie McFee's history has taught her to avoid people, to places, and to almost everything. With her mother long dead and her father long gone to find his fortune in Las Vegas, 15-year-old Lutie lives i...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780446529013
ISBN-10: 044652901X
Publication Date: 8/27/2008
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 99 ratings
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Made in the U.S.A. on + 43 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 13
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 :(
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Helpful Score: 6
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.
reviewed Made in the U.S.A. on + 29 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
This book has a more adult content than other Letts books, or perhaps just more dark. I did not find very much humor in this book. Story delves into the underworld of the forgotten children in our culture.
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I tried really hard to stick with this book but after a few chapters, I was so bored I had to put it down.
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This is a really good book about 15 year old Lutie and her 11 year old brother, Fate and their struggle to survive on their own while searching for their father in Vegas. Both are creative in their attempt to make it on their own. The book is graphic in the things that happen to them. Both characters are very likeable and the reader becomes emotionally involved with their failures and success.