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 attachments...to 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 in the god-forsaken town of Spearfish, South Dakota with her twelve-year-old brother, Fate, and Floy Satterfield, the 300-pound ex-girlfriend of her father. While Lutie shoplifts for kicks, Fate spends most of his time reading, watching weird TV shows and worrying about global warming and the endangerment of pandas. As if their life is not dismal enough, one day, while shopping in their local Wal-Mart, Floy keels over and the two motherless kids are suddenly faced with the choice of becoming wards of the state or hightailing it out of town in Floy's old Pontiac. Choosing the latter, they head off to Las Vegas in search of a father who has no known address, no phone number and, clearly, no interest in the kids he left behind.
Made in the U.S.A. is the alternately heartbreaking and life-affirming story of two gutsy children who must discover how cruel, unfair and frightening the world is before they come to a place they can finally call home.
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Very Good Book
I was a little sketchy about this one at first, but once I started reading it I loved it! I have the hardback copy and the audio. Both are great! I originally looked into this book because of the narrater, Cassandra Morris. She is perfect! My favorite yet!
I’ve read the book before and I’ve loved it. I figured I try the audio version because I can listen to it while I work. I found it disappointing and frustrating when the audio skipped or stopped for a few minutes before resuming. I know it had nothing to do with my data or WiFi because I always had one on. Overall the book is 5 stars. The audio wasn’t good and that’s why I left a 3.
I'm a teenager, and it's hard to find books that captivate all areas of my interests. This book had to problem doing that. I read the actual paper book. The author has an AMAZING way of portraying characters, emotions, and visuals. I can truly say the book made me "LOL"- It may also touch you heart to see all the trouble that goes on. And trust, there is LOTS of trouble. The unique twist to this book, is much more than enough to keep it from being too predictable. If you aren't able to gather the effort to buy the audio book, perhaps reading the actual book may be more appealing. Either way, your in for a treat! :)