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Lobsterland Hardcover – September 4, 2007

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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.

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: 4.9 x 0.8 x 8.6 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: #6,220,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Format: Hardcover
I've been looking forward to reading this book since I first heard about it. It was a breath of fresh air. A young adult book that was original, light, and fun to read. I love the way the main character, Charlotte, thinks and speaks and all of the other characters are able to stand on their own as well. Every one is so uniquely different which makes each character instantly likable, even on their not-so-good days.

While the book covers only a short time within Charlotte's life, it's a very important week that will change her life forever. It was a joy to read and breeze through, no need to over think anything or try to unravel any underlying messages. It was just the type of book I needed after being weighed down with so many life or death heavy paranormal books as of late. While there was one moment that got me upset with a few characters within the book, it was so realistic, it had to happen, and things had to be better in the end for it. A great read for anyone who's ever dreamed of escaping!
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