“Plan Z by Leslie Kove” by Betsy Robinson - Review & Giveaway

April 9th, 2008 by Diane

Nothing makes for a more absorbing story than a great main character. Leslie Kove is as entertaining as a protagonist can hope to be. A funny, self-conscious girl who sees herself as ordinary (you certainly will not!), Leslie is plopped right in the middle of the ’60s. Living in an era that was already turbulent enough, she has the added stress of a hippie sister, a brother killed in Vietnam, and parents who set new lows for dysfunctional families everywhere.

In “Plan Z by Leslie Kove“, Leslie goes from her teen years into adulthood, finding herself bouncing from job to job, even country to country. Robinson’s writing style is very entertaining and fun to read, but there’s also a subtle underlying depth to her main character. In between all the laughs and unusual situations, the reader gets to see there’s more to Leslie than meets even her own eye.

Robinson spent a lot of time developing the character of Leslie, who first appeared in Darleen Dances, a one-woman, one-act play Robinson wrote in 1986. She was so attached to the main character of the play that she decided to use her as Leslie Kove in Plan Z. It proved to be a good move - the book has even won a First Series Award for the Novel.

I’m happy to say I have an extra copy to give away to one of you. As always, subscribers are automatically entered to win this and all future giveaways. Or leave a comment telling me what intrigues you about the book. You can put a link to this giveaway on your blog for an entry as well. Do all three, and you’ve got three chances to win. A winner will be randomly selected on Saturday, April 12, 2008, 12noon EST.

Published by Mid-List Press.

Posted in Book Review and Giveaway

37 Responses

  1. jennifer handke

    I would love to win this book. I read on a daily basis, and love to try new authors. Thank you.

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  3. Coutney

    I’m always reading books about dysfunctional families and comparing them to mine.

  4. Bonnie

    Sounds intriguging! I would love to win this book and try a new author.

  5. Audrey Larson

    Would really like to read this!

  6. raych

    This sounds awesome! Count me in!

  7. Tara R

    I think the cover looks interesting!


    I always enjoy reading a new author. Send me the book!!

  9. Cindi

    What a compelling book! I never know about the previous book and the one-woman one-act play. Leslie seems like a complicated character. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks,Cindi

  10. Pan Tangible

    I want to write a book about my own turbulent teenaged 60s so I am curious to see how another author handles it. Count me in!

  11. Stephen Saunders

    generally intrigued to read it… hope I win.

  12. gautami tripathy

    I like out of the mill books. Count me in!

  13. vicky boackle

    Beautiful book cover and it sounds very interesting.

  14. Ivan Girl

    seems like Leslie Kove is such an interesting character.

    please include me in the drawing. :)

  15. Tammy

    It looks like this book, under the humor, has something to say, I’d love to read it!

  16. Linda

    The thing that most intrigued me about the book is the cute title. I am also a child of the 60s, so it would be interesting to read about Leslie and her family.

  17. diane

    This intriguing book has everything that fascinates me. A unique story and a great character.

  18. Jay

    Very interesting…please enter me in the giveaway.

  19. Ann

    Looks like a good read. I would love to win this. Thanks for the great give away!

  20. Shelly

    You have me wanting to read it!

  21. janeh

    Having grown up in the 60’s, I’d love to read this……

  22. Julie

    Sounds like an interesting read - one I’d really enjoy!! Thanks for sharing!!

  23. Anthony Hedden

    enter me

  24. Susan Chester

    I like reading stories set in different eras. This 60s was an interesting one.

  25. Susan Ledet

    Sounds like a book that I could really relate to. I was also growing up in the 60’s and hippie days and gave my parents a hard time. Luckily, they got me through it alive.

  26. Miranda allen

    please enter me thanks

  27. Angela & Connor

    We’d love to have a copy!

    I blogged your contest on Prize-A-Tron!

  28. grace

    I want to try this author. The book sounds interesting. Please enter me. Thanks!

  29. Rebecca Lunsford

    This sounds like a coming of age story and I love stories like that.

  30. Bebemiqui

    I like reading stories that travel through a life. Count me in.

  31. lace

    The 60s were such an interesting era. I would love to read about life in that time.

  32. Jessica

    I LOVE reading books about growing up in the sixties, so I am very excited about this book!

  33. Timothy Sternberg

    I would love to win this book.

  34. Stacey M

    This looks like a very interesting read! Please enter me to win. I’m also putting this on my blog for others to see.

  35. Stacey M

    Don’t enter me twice, but here is the link to my blog: http://sassifras314.blogspot.com/

  36. Brooke

    I love a coming of age story. Please pick me!

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