Becoming Chloe is an unusually mature and tough Young Adult novel about a couple of throwaway street teens. If you don’t know the difference between a runaway and a throwaway, runaways have parents who want them back. Nobody wants Jordy and Chloe back.
They meet in a cellar in Manhattan, where they both happen to be illegally squatting at the same time. Jordy, who nearly died when his father found out he’s gay, is recovering (barely) from a near-fatal head wound. Chloe, who fell through the cracks of the child protective system, has just been assaulted (not for the first time, either). So Jordy takes her under his wing. At first she seems childlike--almost to the point of being developmentally disabled. But it’s more about the trauma. It’s a coping mechanism. And now that she’s with Jordy--now that she feels safer--that shell of protection begins to fall away, leaving her suicidally depressed.
In a desperate last attempt to save her, Jordy takes Chloe on a trip al the way across the United States. The idea is to prove to her that the world is a beautiful place. Even though Jordy isn’t sure he believes that himself.
In this excerpt, Jordy comes up with the idea for the trip, hoping against all odds that it might help.
Causes Catherine Hyde Supports
The Pay It Forward Foundation, Marriage Equality (See Human Rights Campaign), the 350 movement to help ease global climate change, LandWatch San Luis Obispo...