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Chloe Doe

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  463 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
Chloe Doe chronicles a 17-year-old girl's tumultuous path to becoming a prostitute and her ultimate transformation back into mainstream society. During her therapy at Madeline Parker Institute for Girls, Chloe slowly reveals aspects of her painful past--the stepfather who abused her sister, the mother who let it all happen, the need to love and be loved--and faces the futu ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published June 1st 2007)
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Jennifer Wardrip
May 03, 2008 Jennifer Wardrip rated it really liked it
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CHLOE DOE is a wrenching, unflinching portrayal of a girl on the fringes of society. On and off the street since the age of eleven, having worked as a prostitute for most of that time, seventeen-year-old Chloe has little patience for the attempts of The Madeline Parker Institute for Girls to reform her. However, as she speaks with the institute's "shrink" and starts to bond with the other girls, she realizes there may be more to life than what she's assu
Mar 17, 2008 Terry rated it really liked it
Shelves: gritty
Gritty and engrossing. This is an interesting, workman-like addition to young adult literature. It has elements of mystery and family that make it more than just another gloomy look at a grim character in bleak circumstances. Like E.R. Frank's "America," "Chloe Doe" reveals the ache of its title character. Teen prostitution will make some readers uneasy, as will the appropriately realistic language, and such readers will seek out other material. The book is a quick read, even for people who don' ...more
Angie Fehl
When we first meet Chloe, we learn that she is a teenage prostitute who got caught in a prostitution sting. When it's discovered that she is underage, she is sent to the Madeline Parker Institute For Girls, a sort of correctional facility for "wayward" females. The bulk of this novella is told through conversations Chloe has with her therapist, little by little revealing who and what led her to entering into the sex industry before she's even legal to vote. Chloe also shares stories of other gir ...more
Dec 26, 2007 Patrick rated it really liked it
Shelves: novelist-reviews
Following her arrest for prostitution, seventeen-year-old Chloe lands in the Madeline Parker Institute for Girls. She's cut off from her family, but mostly from herself. Phillips tells the story of Chloe's disjointed life in a disjointed fashion: fragments revealed through slow therapy, emo-laced poems, and flashbacks. Chloe's mind is cluttered, thus so is her story, which is loaded with the Spanish slang learned in her neighborhood. Similar in some ways to America by E. R. Frank (as well as my ...more
Alicia Samson
Nov 15, 2013 Alicia Samson rated it liked it
I didn't care for "Chloe Doe" by Suzanne Phillips, because it was confusing the way it went back and forth. The book is about a girl named Chloe that had a really rough childhood. The book flops back and forth between Chloe's current life in The Madeline Parker Institute for Girls and her opening up to her therapist about her childhood and when her sister was alive. She grew up with a mother that always needed a man and smoked like a chimney. Chloe's mother married many times but they never last ...more
Oct 29, 2007 Chloe rated it really liked it
This is a story of a girl trying to overcome her past, the writter is very descriptive, and though you most likley did not go through the situations the writter is expressing (hopefully) you'll still have an easy time understanding the way she felt.
Aug 25, 2007 Megan rated it really liked it
Such a sad story, but full of hope.
May 21, 2010 Sandy rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Someone I Really Hate
DO NOT CLICK ON THIS BOOK if you're one of my friends and reading this review in an update email. Or anyone out there reading this review, DO. NOT. MARK. IT. AS. TO. READ.

The reason I hate it so much wasn't that it's boring, badly-written, pointless, stupid, or anything like that. I don't despise it just because of the "No one can save you but you" message.

Amanda Pace
Apr 02, 2011 Amanda Pace rated it really liked it

The huge warning above is because I have encountered and read a lot of reviews from younger crowds who were terrified after reading this book, some even going to say that they filthy after having read it and are disturbed by it. It's true, the book is about an issue that we can only hope doesn't happen, but the fact is that it does happen; everyday.

Chloe's journey is one that sends a message of finding strength when in the deepest and darkest moments of life.
Sep 25, 2007 Rekha rated it did not like it
Shelves: teenfiction
Chloe, a teen prostitute, has been busted and sent to an "Institute for Girls," a sort of half-way house for teens in trouble. The book is short, but even so, seemed long and tedious to me. The author uses lots of flashbacks and a spare, stream-of-consciousness style and differentiates between different times in Chloe's life using different fonts, italics, etc., which started to drive me a little crazy. I only read half the book and had to put it down. Just didn't do it for me.
Sabrina Rutter
Dec 25, 2009 Sabrina Rutter rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fiction
This is a fast read, but the topic is a heavy one. I didn't really like the writing style becuase I couldn't tell if there was a conversation going on, Chloe was thinking, or if there was a conversation going on who was talking. It made my head hurt becuase I kept having to slow down so I could figure this it out.
The premise was excellent and could have made this a tear jerker, but again becuase of the writing style I wasn't able to get into it that deeply.
May 06, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of "problem" YA fiction, dysfunctional families
Shelves: youngadult, 2008read
This is well-written and the story unfolds just as it should. The whole plot kind of reminded me of the song "What Would You Do?" by City High with the whole prostitution thing, but it went deeper into Chloe's background which was nice. I would've liked more insight in the end though. And I think there was a "message" in there somewhere, which great stories should not have.

Grade: B+
Mar 26, 2015 Alexandra rated it it was ok
I appreciated this book, but not in a large way. It was something new, and a hard topic to tackle; but the overall execution was lacking in my opinion. The prose was a bit confusing, and I felt no attachment to the characters. I thank the author for giving a go at the subject, but it was not the book for me.
A VERY realistic and very sad tale of a teen prostitute. It is raw and painful and the writing style represents this with stream of consciousness, slang, flashbacks, and Chloe's voice. People who like Ellen Hopkins' books should enjoy this one.
Nov 02, 2007 Erika rated it really liked it
Chloe Doe is about a 17-year-old girl and her path to becoming a prostitute to having a normal life. she goes to Madeline Parker Institute for Girls. she talks about her past and events while describing her time there.
Emily Hobson
Jan 21, 2017 Emily Hobson rated it liked it
2.5 stars. A quick but very sad read. Typical plot, typical characters!
Steve Lowery
sad yet moving
Anne Tibbets
Feb 22, 2012 Anne Tibbets rated it it was amazing
I don't love many books. I loved this one. Highly recommended.
Feb 07, 2008 Kim rated it really liked it
Dec 26, 2016 Sierra rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I didn't really like this book. I didn't like the writing style. I didn't like the story. I didn't like the characters. So yeah... With the writing style, I didn't like the way the dialogue was, how Chloe said the stuff that was in quotes and the stuff that wasn't in quotes out loud so that we never really knew what she was saying out loud and what she was just thinking. I also didn't like how vulgar this story was. I mean I don't want to sound like a priss or anything, but the vulgar ...more
Jun 17, 2014 Justine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grabbed this book to read off of my shelf because I was looking for something short and fast, boy did I pick right haha. The main reason I bought this book was because the cover intrigued me, and then so did the summary. This is a sad, yet inspiring story of a girl overcoming a bad childhood and a tragedy. I really enjoyed this book because it felt real and I think that a lot of people could relate to it. I did read a few reviews of people saying the subject matter was too graphic, I disagree. ...more
Zoe Cohen
Mar 08, 2011 Zoe Cohen rated it it was ok
Chloe Doe is a story about a seventeen year old girl named Chloe reluctantly putting her life back together after leaving home. The story goes through out her past meeting her sister Camille, who seemed to be the one who saved her during her rough upbringing. You get a sense of how it was for a girl abandoning her past to go live and work on the streets, being caught by the cops and sent to Madeline Parker and how saved Chloe and gave her a new identity, a new future for the best. This normally ...more
Mar 28, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
Chloe Doe is about a teenage prostitute who is brought to a correctional center for girls. throughout this book you learn about a girl who was driven to the streets after having such a horrifying childhood and home life. Chloe grew up with a step father who both physically and sexually abused her and her sister. He eventually killed her sister and Chloe ran away after becoming so fed up. She began to work on the streets at the age of 14. During the book she finally lets her guard down to her the ...more
Sara Comuzzo
Apr 28, 2014 Sara Comuzzo rated it liked it
una storia forte, cruda, al limite. Chloe che si prostituisce da quando ha 12 anni. che è scappata da casa dopo che il patrigno, uno dei numerosi amanti di sua madre ha ucciso sua sorella, Camille, la sua unica amica. lo stesso patrigno che le ha violentate per notti e notti. e che la madre si ostina a difendere a non vedere blaterando un "è mio marito". che schifo.
Chloe scappa. la vita da strada, la vita da vagabonda, poi da prostituta.
viene presa dalla polizia, e mandata in un ospedale psichia
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Picked this up randomly for a quick read until the book I really want from the library is returned.

Overall, this book isn't bad. It's gritty. It's sad. It's disgusting (the book isn't, but the acts mentioned in the book are.) It's horrifying to think there are people living like this, dealing with issues they shouldn't have to.

The story just feels very rushed to me. This was my biggest problem overall. I also found myself getting confused at first, but this fixed itself over time. Chloe is a v
Erin Cataldi
Dec 28, 2013 Erin Cataldi rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
This is the harrowing story of a seventeen year old girl who has been rescued from a life of prostitution. Instead of being grateful and looking forward to the future Chloe can only look at the past, she can't begin to imagine a future. One of the doctors in the Madeline Parker Institute for Girls finally starts to get Chloe to open up about her troubled past and let go of her feelings. The story is told through a series of flashbacks and life in the home. We are introduced to her troubled child ...more
Jul 09, 2013 JoAnn rated it liked it
There was nothing great, but nothing bad about this book. It was good, (view spoiler)
I actually tried reading this twice, the first time I couldn't get through it. I didn't like the random Spanish words, though I do understand that they were there for a purpose. The second time I did get through, obviously since I am writing this, and I liked the writing. Though it wa
Jul 23, 2013 Cecilia rated it liked it
This book was okay. I loved the writing style (between flashbacks and flash forwards) and I felt so bad for Chloe. She had all but given up, but instead of being annoyed with her for hiring rock bottom instead of accepting help i felt compassion. Suzanne Phillips has a way with words. I loved all the characters. My problems with the book? It was very confusing. I couldn't tell who was talking most of the time! It was a very mature-content book, so if you are sensitive about that I wouldn't recom ...more
Alexandria Jakupovic
Nov 16, 2011 Alexandria Jakupovic rated it really liked it
After being picked up by the police, seventeen year old Chloe Doe is sent to The Madeline Parker Institute for Girls, where she is told she can change her prostitute ways. After months of trying to avoid the real reason why she became a prostitute, her story is finally unraveled when she shares with her psychiatrist about how her mom was in denial about her older sister being raped by her stepfather. Will Chloe go back to her old ways of being a prostitute or does she have what it takes to chang ...more
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Suzanne Marie Phillips is the author of 3 critically-acclaimed novels for young adults, as well as the adult thriller, I Will Come for You.
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Standing on my toes, on the edge of the high dive, the water looks as clear and blue as the sky.
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Then I'm passing through the air, turning, arms drawn in, toes pointed. My chin rests on my chest. I believe I have a chance at anything: one full revolution.
I spread my wings. I arch my back. I remember why swans are graceful, why someone would name this for something beautiful.
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