Hand Me Down by Melanie Thorne

89%

11 Critic Reviews

The family is believably and sadly dysfunctional, and readers will empathize with each character through their highs and lows
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2012

Hand Me Down, which recalls the gritty power of Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina, is fiction with the ring of truth.” –San Jose Mercury News

Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Reid has spent her life protecting her sister, Jaime, from their parents’ cruel mistakes and broken promises. When their mother chooses her second husband and their new family over raising her firstborn girls, Elizabeth and Jaime are separated and risk losing the shelter of each other. Hand Me Down indelibly captures a contemporary family journey--how two young people, against incredible odds, forge lives of their own in the face of an uncertain future.
 

About Melanie Thorne

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MELANIE THORNE earned her MA in creative writing from the University of California, Davis, where she was awarded the Alva Englund Fellowship and the Maurice Prize in Fiction. She lives in northern California.
 
Published April 12, 2012 by Plume. 320 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Hand Me Down
All: 11 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 01 2012

Thorne populates her pages with characters who are fascinating and sharply drawn.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 06 2012

The family is believably and sadly dysfunctional, and readers will empathize with each character through their highs and lows

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San Francisco Chronicle

Excellent
Reviewed by Liz Colville on Apr 29 2012

With the clear-eyed honesty of a Daniel Woodrell or Bonnie Jo Campbell character, Liz describes the pain of being a young person among careless, thrill-seeking men and hardworking, wounded women.

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Deseret News

Excellent
Reviewed by Mike Whitmer on Apr 28 2012

“Hand Me Down” is a gritty tale of a determined young woman who really wants to make a better life for herself and protect the little sister she dearly loves.

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Fiction Addict

Excellent
Reviewed by Chrystal Dorsey on May 13 2012

You’ll want to pick up a copy of Hand Me Down to learn what becomes of these girls who’ve been tossed aside by those that should love and protect them.

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BookPage

Good
Reviewed by Cynthia Wolfe Boynton

Difficult to read, but impossible to put down--this is perhaps the best way to describe Melanie Thorne's debut, Hand Me Down.

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Candace's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Candace on Mar 30 2012

Overall this was a fabulous book that felt absolutely true and real.

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Owl Tell You About It

Good
Reviewed by Laura on May 11 2012

The plot is gripping, but also very sad. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about serious social issues.

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Twisting the Lens

Good
Reviewed by Jaime H. on Apr 30 2012

Heartbreaking, saddening, poignant and real- this is a stand-out story that should not be missed.

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Confessions of a Vi3t Babe

Good
Reviewed by Vivian on Apr 09 2012

Hand Me Down is truly a moving and empowering story, one I think everyone should read. I really enjoyed Melanie’s writing and realism.

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Chapters and Chats

Good
Reviewed by Jodi on Feb 04 2012

With Hand Me Down Melanie Thorne tells such a believable story that leaves you feeling raw and uplifted all at the same time.

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