Becoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde

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Meet Jordy. He’s on his own in New York City. Nobody to depend on; nobody depending on him. And it’s been working fine.
Until this girl comes along. She’s 18 and blond and pretty–her world should be perfect. But she’s seen things no one should ever see in their whole life–the kind of things that break a person. She doesn’t seem broken, though. She seems . . . innocent. Like she doesn’t know a whole lot. Only sometimes she does.
The one thing she knows for sure is that the world is an ugly place. Now her life may depend on Jordy proving her wrong. So they hit the road to discover the truth–and there’s no going back from what they find out.
This deeply felt, redemptive novel reveals both the dark corners and hidden joys of life’s journey–and the remarkable resilience of the human soul.

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About Catherine Ryan Hyde

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Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of many novels, including Becoming Chloe, Love in the Present Tense, and The Year of my Miraculous Reappearance. She lives in California with her dog Ella.
Published November 4, 2008 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 226 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Tender, amazingly hopeful and only occasionally sentimental, this tale of two lost children comes from the author of Pay It Forward.

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The instantaneous bond they form (Jordan gives her the name Chloe) has its origins in the most heartbreaking of circumstances: neither had a parent they could count on (though the author never divulges the full story of Chloe's childhood, which may frustrate some readers).

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The question is never fully answered, but readers will get a sense that the union between Jordan and Chloe is quite unique --- a cross between friendship, family, and teacher/student --- and one that benefits both of them, each in his/her own way.

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When times get real tuff for Jordy and Chloe, Chloe brings up the idea of killing herself because there is no beauty in the world.

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