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In this heart-wrenching story of an open adoption gone wrong, Caroline Leavitt reveals the astonishing power of family bonds and maternal love. Sara, sixteen, is in denial about her pregnancy and too far along for an abortion. Her once-devoted boyfriend has disappeared so Sara decides her 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 duplicate and Eva and George make a drastic decision, with devastating consequences for them all.

Review:

"A piercing spin on the theme of Romeo and Juliet. Leavitt makes this story refreshingly new." Carole Goldberg, The Hartford Courant

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"In this pull-at-your-heart novel, Leavitt once again proves how adept she is at creating fully fleshed characters....This is a wonderful story of family relationships, the choices we make, and whom we can count on." Library Journal

Review:

"Wrenchingly captures the rhythms of family attachments — the simmering resentments, sweet hopes, the blinding, protective love. Ripe for movie adaptation." Booklist

Review:

"A sadly familiar tale by Leavitt, though ably written in a straightforward style: likely to appeal to teenagers and their parents as well." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Heartfelt, filled with humanity, this story about the different forms of family bonds is a joy to read." Elizabeth Strout, author of Amy and Isabelle

Review:

"The beauty of Caroline Leavitt's writing is in her flawless depiction of our human flaws. In Girls in Trouble, we ache for Sara, whose youthful decision will color the rest of her life — a poignant story of family and love, of what we lose, and sometimes, what we find again." Gail Tsukiyama, author of Dreaming Water

Review:

"Kept me pinned to the page, swept along in an intense emotional journey with characters so real they seemed like friends. A beautifully written, moving and very wise book." Kate Grenville, Orange Prize-winning author of The Idea of Perfection

Review:

"Astonishing...there is a radiant joy that shines through it...a novel as rich and complex as it is meticulous." Laura Kasischke, author of The Life Before Her Eyes

Review:

"A page-turner with rare emotional accuracy and tender fairness to its constellation of characters. A generous and poignant novel." Joan Silber, author of Lucky Us and In My Other Life

Review:

"A complex, multilayered, unsentimental tale of longing, greed, selfishness, compassion, confusion, rejection, terror and absolute, overwhelming love. I loved this beautiful book, and the key it offers us, opening up the secrets of how families really work." Carolyn See, author of Making a Literary Life

Review:

"What makes Caroline Leavitt's work so remarkable is her ability to conjure a whole range of disparate and difficult characters onto the page and to make us care deeply about each and all of them. Girls in Trouble is both utterly engrossing and richly satisfying." Margot Livesey, author of Eva Moves the Furniture

Review:

"A touching, heartfelt story showing that love can be a tangled journey" Sandra Benitez, author of A Place Where the Sea Remembers and The Weight of All Things

Review:

"Sara Rothman could be anybody's daughter...but her frank, warm, wise, gripping story, Girls in Trouble, could only be Caroline Leavitt's." Abby Frucht, author of Polly's Ghost and Are You Mine?

Review:

"Leavitt's heroine was pregnant at sixteen, and so was I....This book made me not only want to talk about what happened to me, but to claim it." Suzanne Beecher, Chapter-a-Day Bookclubs and Working Mother book columnist

Review:

"Given the hot topic of this novel — open adoptions gone wrong — you'd expect a finger-pointing, too PC-tone. But Leavitt's surprising take will get your book group really talking." Glamour

Review:

"[U]neven but earnest....An unflinching depiction of maternal need and the dynamics of adoption, this tale is a sharp reminder of the importance of honesty in life decisions." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

The longings of first love. The intense emotions of open adoption. And the price of betrayal.

Synopsis:

"A poignant story of family and love, of what we lose, and sometimes, what we find again."

- Gail Tsukiyama, author of Dreaming Water

Synopsis:

In this heart-wrenching story of an open adoption gone wrong, Caroline Leavitt reveals the astonishing power of family bonds and maternal love. Sara, sixteen, is in denial about her pregnancy and too far along for an abortion. Her once-devoted boyfriend has disappeared so Sara decides her 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 duplicate and Eva and George make a drastic decision, with devastating consequences for them all.

Synopsis:

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 the Author

Caroline Leavitt is the author of seven novels, including Coming Back To Me and Living Other Lives. A book columnist for the Boston Globe, her writing has also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Parenting, Redbook, and more. She teaches writing online at UCLA and lives with her husband, writer Jeff Tamarkin, and their young son in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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Shy3x3, December 9, 2006 (view all comments by Shy3x3)
I read this book while I was spending the summer with my sister and friend. We were constantly checking books out from the library every week. One week, I noticed this book and looked it over. I placed it back on the shelf and walked away. Before we were getting ready to leave I dashed back to it and grabbed the book. I couldn't resist it any longer. As I read this amazing book, I went through so many emotions! I laughed, smiles, wept and bit at my finger nails! I was emotionly attached to the book and couldn't set it down for a second. After I finished it I was like, "Hey! Where's the rest? I want to know more about Sarah!" I rarely feel so connected with a book, so imagine my delight in reading this book! Ever since summer, I've been telling my friends that I NEED to have this book or I'll die! But I can't find it anywhere! Anyway, I just love this book so much. Sarahs love with her baby was so heartbreaking and wonderful at the same time. I remember how awed I was while reading about SArah and her baby taking a bath together. Love the book, Great job!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312271220
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Author:
Leavitt, Caroline
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Pregnancy
Subject:
Adoption
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
Social Situations - Pregnancy
Subject:
Teenage mothers
Subject:
Family Saga
Subject:
Family life
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
02-438
Publication Date:
January 2004
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.28 x 5.79 x 0.885 in

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Product details 368 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312271220 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A piercing spin on the theme of Romeo and Juliet. Leavitt makes this story refreshingly new."
"Review" by , "In this pull-at-your-heart novel, Leavitt once again proves how adept she is at creating fully fleshed characters....This is a wonderful story of family relationships, the choices we make, and whom we can count on."
"Review" by , "Wrenchingly captures the rhythms of family attachments — the simmering resentments, sweet hopes, the blinding, protective love. Ripe for movie adaptation."
"Review" by , "A sadly familiar tale by Leavitt, though ably written in a straightforward style: likely to appeal to teenagers and their parents as well."
"Review" by , "Heartfelt, filled with humanity, this story about the different forms of family bonds is a joy to read."
"Review" by , "The beauty of Caroline Leavitt's writing is in her flawless depiction of our human flaws. In Girls in Trouble, we ache for Sara, whose youthful decision will color the rest of her life — a poignant story of family and love, of what we lose, and sometimes, what we find again."
"Review" by , "Kept me pinned to the page, swept along in an intense emotional journey with characters so real they seemed like friends. A beautifully written, moving and very wise book."
"Review" by , "Astonishing...there is a radiant joy that shines through it...a novel as rich and complex as it is meticulous."
"Review" by , "A page-turner with rare emotional accuracy and tender fairness to its constellation of characters. A generous and poignant novel."
"Review" by , "A complex, multilayered, unsentimental tale of longing, greed, selfishness, compassion, confusion, rejection, terror and absolute, overwhelming love. I loved this beautiful book, and the key it offers us, opening up the secrets of how families really work."
"Review" by , "What makes Caroline Leavitt's work so remarkable is her ability to conjure a whole range of disparate and difficult characters onto the page and to make us care deeply about each and all of them. Girls in Trouble is both utterly engrossing and richly satisfying."
"Review" by , "A touching, heartfelt story showing that love can be a tangled journey"
"Review" by , "Sara Rothman could be anybody's daughter...but her frank, warm, wise, gripping story, Girls in Trouble, could only be Caroline Leavitt's."
"Review" by , "Leavitt's heroine was pregnant at sixteen, and so was I....This book made me not only want to talk about what happened to me, but to claim it."
"Review" by , "Given the hot topic of this novel — open adoptions gone wrong — you'd expect a finger-pointing, too PC-tone. But Leavitt's surprising take will get your book group really talking."
"Review" by , "[U]neven but earnest....An unflinching depiction of maternal need and the dynamics of adoption, this tale is a sharp reminder of the importance of honesty in life decisions."
"Synopsis" by , The longings of first love. The intense emotions of open adoption. And the price of betrayal.
"Synopsis" by ,
"A poignant story of family and love, of what we lose, and sometimes, what we find again."

- Gail Tsukiyama, author of Dreaming Water

"Synopsis" by ,
In this heart-wrenching story of an open adoption gone wrong, Caroline Leavitt reveals the astonishing power of family bonds and maternal love. Sara, sixteen, is in denial about her pregnancy and too far along for an abortion. Her once-devoted boyfriend has disappeared so Sara decides her 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 duplicate and Eva and George make a drastic decision, with devastating consequences for them all.

"Synopsis" by ,
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.

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