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Blue Plate Special

3 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Michelle D. Kwasney

Grade 10 Up—Three generations are portrayed in this compelling novel about complicated relationships between mothers and daughters. Overweight Madeline, growing up in the 1970s, has taken care of her alcoholic mother for as long as she can remember. … see full wiki

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Author: Michelle D. Kwasney
Publisher: Chronicle Books
3 reviews about Blue Plate Special
review by . December 22, 2010
1977. Elmira, New York: All Madeline wants to do is forget her life. She'd give anything to be like the popular cheerleaders at her high school. But she isn't. She's fat and homely. Her mother is a drunk. Music is the only thing that keeps her sane and food is the only thing that helps her forget how how empty she feels and how starved she is for just a little bit of affection. Living on Welfare, Madeline tries to keep her head down, hide her savings and look toward graduating and getting …
review by . November 01, 2009
Blue Plate Special is best if you go into it knowing nothing more than what you read on the jacket flap. It will reveal itself to you bit by bit until you are left sitting there stunned and extremely impressed, at least I think so. Unfortunately for me I knew a bit more than what the jacket tells you but it didn't matter. It just gave me a few more clues to work with. I was still very very impressed with Kwasney's ability to weave these three stories together. It's heartbreaking, honest, raw and …
review by . January 20, 2010
Blue Plate Special is a fascinating, illuminating look at three different girls from three different time periods and how their lives are shaped and molded. This is a surprising novel, so avoid spoilers with this one! Each girl has her own set of struggles and hardships, but each of their personalities are distinguishable and unique; everyone will be able to find something about this book that appeals to them.     Though the title is less than impressive, this is a stunning novel, …
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