Girls in Trouble by Caroline Leavitt
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Sara is sixteen and pregnant. Her once-devoted boyfriend seems to have disappeared, so she decides her best and only option is an open adoption with George and Eva, a couple desperate for a child. After the birth it's clear Sara has a bond with the child that Eva can't seem to duplicate. When it seems that Sara cannot let go, Eva and George make a drastic decision, with devastating consequences for all of them.


About Caroline Leavitt

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Caroline Leavitt is the award-winning author of eight novels. Her essays and stories have been included in New York magazine, Psychology Today, More, Parenting, Redbook, and Salon. She's a columnist for the Boston Globe, a book reviewer for People, and a writing instructor at UCLA online.
Published April 1, 2007 by St. Martin's Press. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Bewildered by the experience of giving birth, 16-year-old Sara turns to her emotionally remote parents, Jack and Abby, for help—but they want nothing to do with their newborn granddaughter, Anne.

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Sara then makes a desperate attempt to steal the infant, and when she's found, the Riverses move and deny Sara visiting rights ("Open adoptions are only enforceable in Oregon," a lawyer tells her).

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as in her previous book, COMING BACK TO ME, Leavitt runs into a spot of trouble trying to transcribe the passage of time (in that book it was while the protagonist lay in a hospital bed that the action wavered).

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Sixteen year old Sara comes from a middle class family.

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Jillian Dunham SF Chronicle 2 of 5 Stars "...a novel that, though it tries to take on messy, difficult life problems, doesn't take the chances necessary to make its characters seem very interesting or realistic."

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