Blue Plate Special

By: Michelle D. Kwasney

By: Zakeiria D. Davis


The book Blue Plate Special is a great book for teen girls to read. If they like books that will keep them on the edge of their seat, then this is the right book for them. Michelle D. Kwasney made sure that this book would relate to some girls by making sure the stories are exactly how we teenage girls think. Michelle put three main characters in the book: Desiree, Madeline and Ariel but in each characters chapters, there are different situations. All of the girls stay near the same area, but I do not think that they know each other. Towards the middle of the book there's a twist that you will not be ready for even though you have thought about it but you was not sure that it would actually happen.

Here is a little look at each girl's story. Madeline is a young girl that is a little over weight and she doesn't like that about herself.Her mom drinks all the time so Madeline has to be the grown up most of the time. Desiree story is written like a poem. Her mom has different boyfriends all the time;an old saying is she changes boyfriends like she change her underwear, and in this case its true. Ariel is one of those sweet girls that has a mother that works all the time while her dad is in jail. Ariel has a boyfriend that gives her the attention she needs, but through out the book he begins to change. What will these girls do? Will they meet each other?


I recommend this book to all teenage girls. This book would be great for them because they would be the best people the book relates to. So when they read it, they wont be bored with the book. It has romance and a little bit of mystery. For example if you would put a group of girls and boys in a room and have them read this book thee girls would be more into it. I think that this book is a great way to teach different girls different lessons.

Michelle's Bio

When I visit other YA and children’s author’s websites, my childhood seems so ordinary by comparison. I didn’t travel to foreign countries; there were no librarians in my family to engender a love of literature; the walls in our house weren’t lined with books. Sure, I was shy, and—like many shy people—writing came easier for me than speaking, but there was nothing that marked me as a writer. In fact, more than anything, I wanted to be an artist. I sketched on whatever I could find (once I got in trouble for drawing on my bedroom wall) and I could easily lose myself for hours at a time inside the imaginary enclosure of a blank page. I always got “craft kits” for Christmas—tubs of Play-Doh, Spirograph wheels, paint-by-number sets, and weaving looms that made potholders that never really worked—but it was always the simple act of placing a pencil on paper that wooed me. People often comment that my writing is very “visual” and that's probably the reason. As I write I watch the scenes unfold in my mind, and I feel as if I’m painting with words.As for my background, I was born in Elmira, New York the oldest of three girls. Like Blue in Baby Blue, I grew up near water, in a house on the banks of the Chemung River. I loved summers - catching tadpoles by day and lightning bugs by night, falling asleep to the low, solemn groan of the bull frogs.
I liked school, but was far too introverted to even come close to being popular. I preferred hanging around with one close friend to being part of a crowd, and always felt a bit out of step with the masses. In high school I started keeping a journal and writing poetry.

Some Reviews

Kate rated it 5 of 5 stars

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading BLUE PLATE SPECIAL. After the first chapter, I had pretty much decided that I was reading a typical, if particularly well-written, teen problem novel. But this book is just so much more than that. Much more.

Kimberly Bower (gladeslibrarian) rated it 4 of 5 stars

Shelves: galley, young-adult

You've heard the old adage "you can choose your friends but you can't choose your family," right? Well, that's the premise behind Michelle D. Kwasney's young adult novel, Blue Plate Special. The title comes from the name of a special low-cost meal that could be ordered from a small town diner as early as the 1920s. This no-substitutions meat and veggie combo plate is sort of like your family - you get what you get

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