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Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts
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Apr 26, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: book-club, chick-lit, i-own-read

I read the majority of this book on a plane, and when I initially finished it, I felt good about it, but then when I was looking back on it in the next few days, I was remembering things that I really didn't like about it and discovered that I actually liked it a lot less than I thought.

Part of me feels like Ms. Letts wanted to have the same sort of fame that she acquired after she wrote Where the Heart Is (which I LOVE) so she set out to write the same story, but in a different way.

She made the main character extremely unlikable and not believable at all. I never felt that she was in a desperate enough situation to turn to making porn or doing drugs. It just made her seem extremely selfish and mostly I just wanted to smack her around for being so ridiculous. I understand that everyone has flaws, but she didn't have any redeeming qualities. Even at the end, we never saw a good side of Lutie. And her explaination for why she was so angry didn't make any sense.

While I really enjoyed Fate's character, I felt that he was also highly unbelievable, because I don't know of any 11 year olds that are THAT mature. He was the only reason I even kept reading the book throughout the beginning though, since Lutie was just so absolutely unlikable.

I would have liked to see a lot less of the first part of the book when they're in Vegas, and a lot more of the end of the book. I felt that it was incredibly rushed, like she just wanted to wrap it up and be done with it, like "they're HAPPY now, ok?" I just didn't believe it.

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Reading Progress

April 26, 2009 – Shelved
March 24, 2010 – Started Reading
March 29, 2010 –
page 85
March 30, 2010 –
page 249
March 31, 2010 – Finished Reading
April 15, 2010 – Shelved as: book-club
April 15, 2010 – Shelved as: chick-lit
April 30, 2010 – Shelved as: i-own-read

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