- Paperback: 215 pages
- Publisher: Random House Inc; Reprint edition (11 Nov. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375832602
- ISBN-13: 978-0375832604
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 914,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Tender, amazingly hopeful and only occasionally sentimental. . . .Vibrant and heartbreaking.""--Kirkus Reviews, "Starred
"The powerful questions about responsibility and forgiveness will affect readers, as will the characters who make their own family, and in doing so, find love, hope, and deep friendship.""--Booklist"
Tender, amazingly hopeful and only occasionally sentimental. . . .Vibrant and heartbreaking. Kirkus Reviews, Starred
The powerful questions about responsibility and forgiveness will affect readers, as will the characters who make their own family, and in doing so, find love, hope, and deep friendship. Booklist"
About the Author
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of two other young adult novels, The Day I Killed James and The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance, as well as several adult novels. She lives in California.
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The first thing you'll notice is that it's very short, and at first glance you may not think it's worth the money, but somehow it seemed to contain everything I needed to be another fantastic read. The characters are easy to identify with and I felt like I was joining them on their journey to prove that the world is beautiful.
I don't want to give too much away, so just read it for yourself - let the characters take you in; join them in their simple existence, feel inspired, be grateful for what you have and remind yourself what is REALLY important in life.
If you have read any other of her books then you will enjoy this. Would recommend to secondary schools teachers for their older students as the book is very thought provoking.
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Jordy is 17, gay, runaway, part-time prostitute and occasional thief.
One night, while sleeping in the cellar of an anonymous city
building, he overhears a gang rape happening in the alley outside
his window. By shouting out and scaring off the attackers, he
manages to rescue Chloe. Chloe, 18 yet childlike, is hiding behind
a facade of innocence, but occasionally the traumas she has faced
in her past loom to the surface. Jordy and Chloe quickly find in
each other a comfort and security that they both are lacking, and
become firm friends.
The simple and naive Chloe views Jordy as a safety net, and Jordy
faces this responsibility with a maturity and wisdom beyond his
years. Together they endure illness, violence, and the grinding
horrors of life on the streets. Although their situation begins to
improve, thanks to Jordy's perseverance and hard work, Chloe is
unable to cope and suffers a breakdown that alters their plans.
When Chloe decides that life has nothing beautiful to offer her,
Jordy begins a one-man campaign to show her otherwise...and it is
here that the true power of the story lies. Jordy becomes beauty
personified as he races to bring the world to Chloe before it's too
late, and they set out on a journey that will challenge them like
To Jordy, mountains, deserts and even the Grand Canyon are no
obstacles when it means saving someone you love. As they finally
reach the West Coast and Chloe sees the ocean for the first time,
both she and Jordy find themselves learning things about each
other and themselves that will test their friendship and alter their
This powerful novel about life, love, and growing up is from a
perspective that is fresh and unerring.
Armchair Interviews says: Catherine Ryan Hyde has again managed
to dazzled us with her uncanny ability to write about teens in a
down-to-earth and totally believable manner.
Jordy's in the Big Apple with no actual money or much of a plan. In the middle of the night, he hears some commotion outside between two people. Chalking it up as characteristic of the New York nightlife, he ignores them. Until he realizes it's a rape. And then he tries to help the girl. Chloe--as the girl comes to be called--turns out to be the turning point of his life.
The strong point of Becoming Chloe is its characters. Jordy is extremely well defined (the story is told from his perspective, after all). He's well aware that his life has no security, and while he focuses on maintaining the little stability he has, he's also scared. When Chloe comes along, Jordy is unsure of what he wants: to help her or not. Chloe's character is hard to decipher because you never understand what fully goes on inside her head. On one hand, she's got this terrible, literally unspeakable past that we never get to know in whole. On the other, her moods and attitudes change constantly in ways that are harmful to her and unpredictable to Jordy.
The quest in the novel is to show Chloe that the world is a beautiful place. It's hard for her to accept that--and to want to keep inhabiting it--with the knowledge she has of the ugly things. But Jordy, because he comes to care so much about her, understands she needs to see that this life is worth it. So they embark in a trip cross country, where they explore sites such as the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert, the Niagara Falls, and find their perfections and flaws, big and small. And it's big enough to make Chloe come to her verdict--just not one anyone was expecting.
This book is wonderful for many reasons. The dynamics between the characters is unmatched in any other novel I've read, in that its so complex and unique. It's need-based, but I also think it somehow runs deeper than that. The writing, while rich in detail and imagery, is very tight and doesn't linger anywhere. The characters are well-rounded and distinct--I felt like I knew Chloe and Jordy, as much as possible, by the last page. The message is powerful and comes naturally (not to mention succinctly) through the development of the characters and their discoveries. (Oh, and I also thought the cover was amazing and fitting to the story as well!)
This book goes in my top ten favorite books of all times. It blew my mind. I challenge anyone to see if it has the same effect on them.