Author: Michelle D. Kwasney
Genre: Teen Fiction, Realistic Fiction
Publication Date: September 23, 2009
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN-13 Book: 9780811867801
Source: I received a copy for review from the publisher for my book award committee. This is my honest review!
Blue Plate Special by Michelle D. Kwasney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Three girls, three generations, three stories of life, loss, and finding your way in a complicated world.
Madeline’s mother is an alcoholic. Madeline takes care of herself, her mother, and the house. Overweight and underappreciated, everything changes for Madeline when she meets Tad.
Sixteen year-old Desiree has a mother who simply doesn’t care. She calls her daughter a slut, and doesn’t believe anything Desiree says. When her mother’s boyfriend rapes her, Desiree turns to the one person in her life she can count on, Jeremy.
Ariel’s mother may seem a bit strict, but she cares for her daughter. Shane, Ariel’s boyfriend of two months, seems to care for Ariel too…Perhaps a bit too much.
Three stories, three threads, weaving together a tale of mothers and daughters.
This was another novel that I managed to finish in one day. This one perhaps needed a little time to sit. When I first read the book I was ready to give it three stars. It seemed perhaps a bit too melodramatic, but after I had taken a little time to process the novel, I began to realize that I did enjoy it.
The stories of the three girls show all three teens attempting to get through the toughest years of being a teenager. Dealing with boys, self image, and families is never easy and each day is a struggle for these three girls.
The characterization in this novel is superb. While some characters come off a little flat, the main characters shine.
The pacing in the novel is perfect. Although you may begin to unravel the threads of this novel long before you get to the end, you will want to stick with it to the end. There is something to keep you reading in every chapter making this a quick and easy read.
Overall, an interesting story of teens growing up and discovering what they need for themselves. Keep in mind some mature themes are explored in this novel, and that it might not be for everyone.
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