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Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts
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May 19, 10

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Read from May 14 to 19, 2010

First off I was expecting southern fiction, which this wasn’t and it was much grittier than I expected it to be.
Lutie is not a very likeable character and it doesn’t get any better as things progress. Her brother Fate makes this book, he is precocious and adorable, wise beyond his years yet sweet and optimistic. I also liked the Vargas Family storyline.

This book is about two young children whose mother is dead their father has left them with a girlfriend who dies in Walmart (no spoilers its right in the book description) the kids take off to find their father in Las Vegas. In Las Vegas the two youngsters deal with homelessness, rape, child porn and drug addiction. This book can be disturbing at times. I was rooting for Fate to find a good family to live with and leave his sister by the curb. I’m sorry I know that’s mean but Lutie just annoyed me. Even in the end with its predictable ending I didn’t care because I still didn’t like her.
This book was ok but something about it just didn’t connect and it was pretty predictable.
3 Stars
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