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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805080961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805080964
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,759,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

SUSAN CARLTON, a magazine editor and writer, has spent her share of winters in Maine. This is her first novel.

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Susan Carlton was born in San Francisco, although (to her great regret) she did not come of age in the hippie era. Her latest novel, Love and Haight, is set in the Haight-Ashbury in 1971, and has been nominated for ALA's Best Fiction for Young Adults and the Amelia Bloomer Project for feminist fiction for kids and teens. She is also the author of the teen novel Lobsterland and a longtime writer for magazines, including Self, Elle, and Mademoiselle. She currently teaches at Boston University. She lives in Massachusetts with her family and a not-so-standard giant poodle. Find her online at www.susancarlton.com.

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Format: Hardcover
Charlotte quits. Wants out. Wants to leave everything behind. She doesn't want to have to be responsible for her brother and sister. She doesn't want to be around her mom, who finds comfort in her pills, or her dad, who surrounds himself with everything healthy and natural. She can't stand school or having to go back and forth on that stupid ferry.

Charlotte just needs time to think. To think about her longtime boyfriend, Noah, who is making her even more confused. To think about her friendship with Susannah; that is, if she is even her friend any more. To think about how she is leading her life and if her family is really there for support.

Charlotte thinks she has the answer: boarding school. But is it the right answer? Charlotte isn't leaving right away, so she has time to think some more. Will this time help her decide who is really there for her and who isn't? Or will it make the decision to leave even harder? Can she muster up the strength and courage to actually see what a new life would be like? At least she has those stupid ferry rides to use to think about it, especially with a little company from a certain someone that she never thought would be more than a friend.

A girl, a ferry, and a very important decision.

Three cheers for Charlotte, the perfect heroine for anyone who needs to make a big decision that will change their life and hopefully make it better. LOBSTERLAND was adorable, captivating, and completely real. The perfect read for those who need a character that kicks butt.

Reviewed by: Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen
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By Janet Gingold on July 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Charlotte, like the kid-lit spider she is named for, is a near-sighted word-lover who hangs out under the shadow-blue eaves of a wind-battered cottage on a bleak island in Maine. The web of relationships that entangle her are simultaneously the safe cocoon that has let her become who she is and the sticky trap that can prevent her from emerging to fly away free. She tells the story of a transformative week in her life in quirky-perky prose punctuated with "Wordly Wise Words," enlivened by interesting juxtapositions and color-obsessed images quite suitable for someone whose interior space is past due for redecoration. She describes her island life as like being in a goldfish bowl with nowhere to go but in circles. She loves her "siblets" but the older members of her "family archipelago," not so much, these days. Her neurotic mother makes her feel "small, anesthetized, unborn," while her dad's sketchy beard and questions about his sketchier past erode the erstwhile rock-solid foundation of their relationship. Even her relationship with Noah, her friend-since-forever, can't remain constant through the internal tumult that propels her to escape the gravitational pull of her island. A very endearing treatment of universal themes of adolescence. Go ahead! Read it!
Janet Gingold
author of Finch Goes Wild
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By Page B. Inman on July 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This was a fun book to read. I, like Charlotte, grew up in a small town and understand why she dreams of life elsewhere. She dreams of living Bleak, Maine for boarding school and a better life.

She has the struggles all teenagers have between wanting to sleep with her first love, which someone beats her to that and taking care of her "siblets" because her lawyer mom is sometimes around, but drugged up with psychiatric meds.

When Charlotte is preparing to catch the ferry to mail off her apps for boarding schools she thinks:

I head to the door and , because I'm me, divert to thinking of doorknobs. Making a choice means not only opening a door but walking through. I'm good at looking at doors. At scrutinizing the hinges and condemning the colors. But actually the knob (brass or bronze or pewter or chrome) and committing to a future I've actually chosen. Well, it's a whole new concept.

If you know a teen who dreams of life elsewhere I recommend this book for them. It may help them make that decision and not regret the choice.
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Engaging, satisfying and fun, this book is a winner all around! Charlotte has an edgy, smart, hilarious sense of humor that is strong from start to finish. Her way of looking at the world is fresh and unique, yet the basic issues her struggles reveal are ones we can all relate to. The understandable desire to escape the place where this teenager has been born and raised is skillfully juxtaposed with the pull that those same familiar people and surroundings have on her. The ensuing conflict--emotional and interpersonal, with eye-opening revelations along the way--is realistically and artfully portrayed. Charlotte is a memorable character in a memorable story, and once you read this novel, you'll never look at island life the same way. I highly recommend this wonderful book!
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