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Love and Haight

Susan Carlton

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

It’s 1971, and seventeen-year-old Chloe and her best friend MJ head to San Francisco to ring in the New Year. But Chloe has an ulterior motive—and a secret. She’s pregnant and has devised a plan not to be. In San Francisco’s flower-power heyday, it was (just about) legal to end her pregnancy. But as soon as the girls cross the Golden Gate, the scheme starts to unravel amid the bellbottoms, love-beads, and bongs. Chloe’s secrets escalate until she betrays everyone she cares about. MJ, who has grave doubts about Chloe’s plan. Her groovy aunt Kiki, who’s offered the girls a place to crash. Her self-absorbed mother meditating back in Phoenix. And maybe, especially, the boy she wishes she’d waited for. In Susan Carlton's Love and Haight, Chloe discovers that easy love is anything but easy.

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Love and Haight
OPPOSABLE THUMBSThe view was wrong. That's what Chloe kept thinking. Where was the phantasmagoric bridge? Where was the Rice-A-Roni cable car?She'd been waiting eleven hours for this moment. Eleven hours in the Lady Bug from Phoenix, bending north past Hollywood, then Santa Barbara, then Santa Cruz, then, finally, San Francisco. Eleven hours of loading up on Tab and pulling over to pee. Eleven hours of speculating about what trouble two girls could stir up on their pre-New Year's road trip. Every twenty minutes, MJ would come up with a cheer, a leftover habit from her majorette
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Praise for Love and Haight

"Carlton offers readers detailed insight into the process of getting an abortion pre Roe v. Wade."--School Library Journal
 
“…honest in presenting Chloe’s medical care, the culture of the time, and conflicting views on this controversial topic.”--VOYA
 
"A well-framed historical, with a wholly realized setting and believable, rich, likable characters." --Kirkus
 
Praise for Lobsterland:
 
“Readers will revel in Charlotte’s sharp, funny company.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Susan Carlton

  • Susan Carlton was born in San Francisco, although (regrettably) she did not come of age in the hippie era. The author of the teen novel Lobsterland and a writer for magazines including Self, Elle, and Mademoiselle, she currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband. Her college-aged daughters know all the lyrics to “Baba O’Riley.”
  • Susan Carlton
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Love and Haight

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Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Tri-State Reviews Committee Books of Note - Master List
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