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Young Adult Fiction 1635
A Life-Changing Road Trip, a Life-Changing Book
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
Reader reviewed by Stephanie

17-year-old Jordy--a runaway after coming out to his homophobic
parents--didn't know it was going to change his life when he saves a
beautiful blond girl from rape. Suddenly he's stuck taking care of
Chloe--which is not her real name but is preferred over her real
one--who is strangely childlike although incredibly smart and
determined at times. Jordy's got problems of his own, too, but he can't
help feeling that he must protect Chloe, that something terrible has
happened to her and that she is using her childlike disposition to mask
her past.

An unfortunate string of events leads to Jordy and
Chloe heading on a road trip across America, so that Chloe can
hopefully learn that it's a beautiful world out there, not just full of
abuse and neglect. They see beauty, but they also encounter some
terrible things as well...but in the end, isn't that what it's all
about? The world is both good and bad, and it's only by becoming part
of it that you can truly live life.

Catherine Ryan Hyde is an
amazingly talented writer. From the start, I was pulled into Jordy and
Chloe's predicament, and despite the perpetual air of mystery that hung
around the duo, I was able to get to know them very well. Chloe reminds
me a lot of Stargirl, only with a dark past that we never get to know.
Leaving Chloe's past a mystery may be frustrating, but it strengthens
the message of this here-and-now book, which is to live life in the
moment and not allow your past to dictate your future. For anyone
looking for an uplifting road-trip story that will linger with you for
a while, Becoming Chloe is THE number one choice.

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