Saturday, February 13, 2010
Blue Plate Special by Michelle D. Kwasney
Madeline is connected to Desiree. It's 1993. Desiree is cute and thin and loves to dress in a way that shows off her figure. Too bad she showed too much of her figure to Larry, her mom's new boyfriend. He has decided that's all the come-on he needs. Larry makes her feel dirty and ruined. Jeremy, her boyfriend, is the guy who can take her away from all that. She takes her unborn baby with her.
It's 2009. Ariel isn't named for the Disney mermaid. She's named for the book, Ariel, by Sylvia Plath. She doesn't know her dad. He's in prison for murder. What she does know is that her mom, Desiree, loves her. She thinks Shane loves her. But now he's given her a cell phone, with a GPS tracking device, and if she doesn't answer it the minute he calls, he wants to know why.
These three women are tied together in a story that is one of the better ones I've read dealing with teen sexuality and pregnancy. It's not too graphic, so if you're looking for descriptive naughtiness, you won't find it here. What you will find will be a story that feels genuine that looks unflinchingly at the good and bad of being a mother and a daughter.