Becoming Chloe

Becoming Chloe

Becoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde 
2006, Paperback 

Summary by Author: 

This is a story 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.  And 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.  And now that she’s with Jordy—now that she feels safer—that shell of protection is beginning to fall away.

In a desperate last attempt to save her, Jordy takes Chloe on a trip all the way across the United States—in an old pickup truck, hitchhiking, on bicycles, on a Greyhound bus.  The idea is to prove to her that the world is a beautiful place.  Even though Jordy isn’t entirely sure he believes that himself.