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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. ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 19th 2004)
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Stephanie "Jedigal"
May 01, 2013 Stephanie "Jedigal" rated it really liked it
Great adoption story from multiple viewpoints: birth mother, adoptive mother, adoptive father, the child, and finally the birth father. The book reveals the characters at their weakest, but I found the characters very sympathetic - although with true-to-life flaws. After all, this is what it is to be human, striving to do right by other people while also protecting ourselves. And a great thing about the book is that the author seems to take an objective view and let you make your decisions about ...more
M
Oct 03, 2007 M rated it liked it
A reluctant three stars - I'm not really sure how to tackle this one. INitially I thought it was because I read this right after 'Center of everything' that this book seemed weaker - first, the stories are similar so it could just be overkill, and second, specific strengths in the former were distinct areas of weakness in the latter - COE, for one ting, had a supremely likeable narrator who I was rooting for and whose personality was clear - whereas in this book theheroine is for the mostpart no ...more
Bonna
Jul 10, 2008 Bonna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Bonna by: friend
This is such a simply told and modestly written book, yet underneath runs a current of such authentic and brave moral vision. The bond between a too-young mother's birth child and the ideals which make her want to believe her child can belong to someone else play out in complex, human terms which deepen, rather than gloss over the conflict. It opens us the debate about adoption with sensitivity and without any preachiness. But, more importantly, it is a brilliantly crafted story. By one of our f ...more
Susan
Aug 23, 2008 Susan added it
I love books that expand my understanding and empathy to others' experiences. A lovingly written book with much wisdom about the journey of a woman who gave up her child for adoption at age 16. What makes this good is to see how the heartbreak affects her and the others in the situation (the adoptive parents,the child, the girls' parents, the father), how all are transformed and the ultimate resolution. I cared about every character because they were so real. I found I couldn't put it down as I ...more
Renee
Feb 19, 2008 Renee rated it really liked it
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Dori Ostermiller
May 19, 2010 Dori Ostermiller rated it it was amazing
This book opens with a bang and held me deeply in its clutches for the first 150 pages--so much so, I had trouble putting it down to go to bed at night. Leavitt is a master story teller who understands pacing and narrative tension like nobody's business. But even better, she has a deep psychological grip on her characters, who are portrayed as multifaceted, flawed and sympathetic human beings, all achingly vulnerable, all wracked by fear and need and guilt. They do things the will regret. Often, ...more
Amy
Jan 28, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
This author's books are for fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain, and Kristin Hannah. However, once reading Caroline Leavitt's writing, you will wonder where she has been all your reading life and become a devoted fan. In my opinion she truly stands alone in her powerful writing style. I ordered 3 of her books from a bookstore but finally found the rest of her books through Amazon's used bookstores (and look forward to their arrival any day now! I THINK I have tracked all of her books down!!! ...more
Selen
Aug 18, 2011 Selen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Anne bitti. Hayatımda okuduğum en güzel kitaptı. İnternette okuduğum yorumlara bakarak almıştım ve iyikide almışım. Hayata bakıs acımın değiştiğini gördüm. Sevginin insanları nelere sürükleyeceğini , hataların nelere mâl olacağını anladım. Keşkeler ve eğerlerle hayat geçirmektense büyümenin yollarını gördüm. Kendimi Sara'nın yeri koydum. Hayatının 16 yaşında nasıl değiştiğini bebeği için neler yapabileceğini ve duygularını çok iyi anlatmıştı. Okurken ağladığım bölümler bile oldu. Kitabın etkisin ...more
Amy
Nov 13, 2007 Amy rated it really liked it
This book tells the story of a teenage girl who gets pregnant and then gives the baby up for an open adoption. The interesting part is that it tells the story from different perspectives...hers, her parent's, the adoptive family, and her boyfriend. It reminded me of just how many people and lives are affected, more than you typically think of.
Darla Lomax
Jul 24, 2008 Darla Lomax rated it really liked it
A childless couple and a pregnant 16 year old enter into an open adoption agreement. The author does a good job of revealing the points of view of both. I was surprised the book covered a 16 year time span - it follows both the birth mother and adoptive parents lives and brings everyone back together when the adopted child is 16.
Elizabeth
A deeply personal reading experience for me. Need some time to digest this before trying to review it. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
Julianne
Dec 20, 2008 Julianne rated it really liked it
Author is very good...good story.
Heather
Dec 16, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing
Excellent!

Norabee
Sep 01, 2008 Norabee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: adoptive families, birth mothers, teenage parents
Exploring the Perils of Open Adoption

This novel started out kind of like an “after-school special” showing the tragic results of teenage sex, but as I continued to read, the characters became more dimensional and I began to see that there is much more to this novel than I originally believed. The author takes the time to fully develop the characters so that you understood where their decisions are coming from.

This is the story of Sara, sixteen and pregnant and the novel opens on the drive to th
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Nihawmi
Dikkat bu review aralarda hafif spoiler, gereken ve hakedilen yerlerde küfür, bolca duygu ve duygu karmaşası içermektedir. Ha bir de emin olamasam da uzun olabiliritesi var. Ve bitirdkten sonra farkettim dizideki karakterlerle/olaylarla konuşan yaşlı teyze stayla da bi yazı olabilir Ben uyarımı yapiyim de hani...

Ağlamaktan ağzıma sıçan kitaplar vol.2 dur kendisi. vol.1 de The Sweet Gum Tree dir. Sağolsunlar varolsunlar. Eger kitabı okumayı düşünüyorsanız olmamanız gerekn durumlar hakkından bahs
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Bookmarks Magazine

Girls in Trouble flaunts "all the ingredients for a Lifetime television drama" (The Pittsburgh Post Gazette). In this earnest but uneven work, that's a compliment. Reviewers agree that Leavitt's eighth novel skips over one decisive event too lightly, then unconvincingly leaps forward 15 years. Leavitt has mined this territory before--the slow maturation of a lovesick girl. It's not a very remarkable journey, but the author handles it with sensitivity. The Washington Post calls Girls "a canny por

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Clarissa
May 20, 2010 Clarissa rated it it was amazing
I read "Girls in Trouble" by Caroline Leavitt and absolutely fell in love with it. I just couldn't put it down. This is a very realistic book that attracted my attention with just the cover. It kept me coming back more throughout the whole book. Just when you think things are settling down the drama starts up again and you just get so anxious to see what's going to happen next. This book gets real and down to the truth about what really happens during young teenage pregnancies. It's not as easy ...more
Marnie
Jan 16, 2008 Marnie rated it liked it
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Amy
Oct 13, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok
I really thought I would like this book and it ended up just being eh to me. The timeline for this book was a complete mess. It is supposed to start out in 1987 but so much of what happened is not what would happen back then but written as if it were for nowadays time. There also wasn't a whole lot that happened in the book that seemed believable at all. I agree with other reviews that there was just too much crammed into the book that was unnecessary and really dragged it out.
Ginger
Oh my gosh!! This book was so great!! This is the first book I have read by this author. If all of her books are as good as this one was, I will definietly be reading more by this author.
The book was a roller coaster ride of emotions. I couldn't put this book down ,no matter how hard I tried!! I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves books, even those that may not have the ending we all hope for.
Suzie
Aug 03, 2007 Suzie rated it liked it
A pretty good book about a teenage girl who has a baby and then gives it up for adoption. After the baby is born she decides that she wants to have a bigger part in the babies life, yet the adopted parents don't want her in it as much. It is just about this teenage girls life and mainly the internal struggles she is having and the external with the adoptive parents.
Eve Kay
Jun 09, 2015 Eve Kay rated it liked it
I must be breaking some kind of a rule of mine as a reader because saying this book was okay feels really bad. I instantly feel guilty. These kinds of books bore the skull off me and make me roll my eyes. But this one had it's moments and I shouldn't try to deny it.
Here comes the difficult part: I don't think this would have worked in any other scenario except as a summer read. Even then I felt it being a weak one. There was alot of irrelevance, I think, in the story-telling and the protagonist
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Kim
Apr 04, 2007 Kim rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book tonight, and I LOVED it. I read well over 100 pages tonight because I couldn't put it down. It's a great book about a 16 year old girl that gets pregnant and gives her baby up for adoption, but does an open adoption, and then things go downhill from there. Highly recommend it!
Tamara
Mar 30, 2008 Tamara rated it really liked it
Shelves: adoption-themed
It was a page-turner, but can't say I agreed with some of the choices the characters made. Don't think it was particularly realistic, but still an insightful read for those trying to understand the emotions of both birthparents, birth grand-parents, and adoptive parents.
Andrea
May 24, 2007 Andrea rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and how developed all of the characters were. This is an interesting story of an open adoption that goes wrong. The ending is bittersweet but i still enjoyed it. I recommend it and i'd like to read more by this author.
Kim
Aug 14, 2011 Kim rated it it was ok
As an adoptive mother in an open adoption, I could problematize this book from beginning to end -- mainly how it plays to so many stereotypes about adoption. Still made for an interesting read, and am thankful for how it ended.
Lizzy
Jun 19, 2008 Lizzy rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, own-it
My best friend, Jessica, and I swap books a lot. She lives in DC and I live in TX, so we send a lot of boxes back and forth filled with books. I found this book to be very sad. But, a good chick lit book.
Jan
Jun 20, 2008 Jan rated it it was ok
Totally BORING. I forced myself to finish this one, I thought I would love it - it's about a teenager giving her baby up for adoption...and it got great reviews on Amazon...but ugh, I thought it was a snooze.
Keri
Oct 20, 2007 Keri rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who need a good cry
Shelves: finishedbooks
This is a great story. It is sad and tragic, but ultimately uplifting. It runs out of steam toward the end a bit, but it is still satisfying. Good read!
Kendra
Jul 08, 2008 Kendra rated it it was amazing
Excellent! I couldn't put this one down. I wish it wouldn't have had such a happy ending though. That was pretty unrealistic.
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Caroline Leavitt is the New York Times bestselling author of is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You (Algonquin Books), which. Pictures of You was on the Best Books of the Year lists from the San Francisco Chronicle, The Providence Journal, Bookmarks and Kirkus Reviews. It was also a Costco Pennie's Pick. Is This Tomorrow was long listed for the Main Readers Prize, a WNBA Reading group Choice, A San ...more
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