Title: Love & Haight
By: Susan Carlton
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: March 3, 2012
It’s 1971, and seventeen-year-old Chloe and her best friend MJ head to San Francisco to ring in the New Year. But Chloe has an ulterior motive—and a secret. She’s pregnant and has devised a plan not to be. In San Francisco’s flower-power heyday, it was (just about) legal to end her pregnancy.
But as soon as the girls cross the Golden Gate, the scheme starts to unravel amid the bellbottoms, love-beads, and bongs. Chloe’s secrets escalate until she betrays everyone she cares about. MJ, who has grave doubts about Chloe’s plan. Her groovy aunt Kiki, who’s offered the girls a place to crash. Her self-absorbed mother meditating back in Phoenix. And maybe, especially, the boy she wishes she’d waited for.
This was an interesting book. I was a little disturbed by some of the choices but it did help me understand what a difference life is like before or even just after pro-choice came into effect. I wasn’t alive in the ’70s so it’s crazy how differently the same circumstances today would be both judged and handled. I do think it was a good book. It was easy to read and understand.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Love & Haight at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.