Blue Plate Special

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Chronicle Books, Sep 23, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 366 pages
21 Reviews
Doomed loves, failed families, nixed dreamssomeone else's leftovers are heaped on our plates the day we come into this world.

Big Macs and pop tunes mask the emptiness as Madeline watches her mom drink away their welfare checks. Until the day Tad, a quirky McDonald's counter boy, asks Madeline out for a date, and she gets her first taste of normal. But with a life thats anything but, how long can normal really last?

Hanging with Jeremy, avoiding Mam, sticking Do Not Disturb Post-its on her heart, Desiree's mission is simple: party hard, graduate (well, maybe), get out of town. But after Desiree accepts half a meatball grinder, a cold drink, and a ride from her mother's boyfriend one rainy afternoon, nothing is ever simple again.

Too many AP classes. Workaholic mom. Dad in prison. Still, Ariel's sultry new boyfriend, Shane, manages to make even the worst days delicious. But when an unexpected phone call forces a trip to visit a sick grandmother she's never met, revealing her family's dark past, Ariel struggles to find the courage to make the right choice for her own future.

As three girls from three different decades lives converge, they discover they are connected ways they could never imagine. Each of them finds strength that brings her closer to healing a painful past, and faith that there is a happier future.
  

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User Review  - Joe Rossi - Goodreads

Don't give up on this book. It is a little confusing as to where the story/plot is heading but trust me it is well worth it in the end. The story revolves around three women, set at three different ... Read full review

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User Review  - Becca Westerheide - Goodreads

This book is different in a great way. It tells the story of grandmother, mother, and granddaughter and the struggles they all went through during their teenage years of life. It shows how the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
28
Section 2
33
Section 3
55
Section 4
61
Section 5
81
Section 6
90
Section 7
114
Section 8
125
Section 12
185
Section 13
203
Section 14
234
Section 15
244
Section 16
274
Section 17
280
Section 18
310
Section 19
314

Section 9
147
Section 10
155
Section 11
176
Section 20
338
Section 21
342
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About the author (2009)

Michelle D. Kwasney has written two middle grade novels: Baby Blue, named a Booksense Pick and New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, and Itch, released in 2007. Michelle lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she writes and teaches art. Visit her at www.michelledkwasney.com to learn more.

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