Sunday, January 06, 2008

Lobsterland by Susan Carlton

This book intrigued me as soon as I got it because of the cover which depicts lobster claws grasping at high heels and the title is shown in Scrabble letters! So, it turns out that this book is set on an island off the coast of Maine and the main character is a senior in high school which she attends in Portland. But she wants out and off the island so she attempts to apply to a handful of boarding schools. Why would she want to do that? She wants out because she is forced to care for her younger "siblets." They are an infant named Eb and a pre-schooler named Fern. She loves them but the pressure is severe because she can't depend on her parents, her dad is constantly connected to Lola the Laptop trying to play Scrabble with people all around the globe. Meanwhile her lawyer mom had some sort of breakdown which she won't talk about. Charlotte has a cute boyfriend whom she is crazy about. But she won't tell him that she plans to leave. Sounds confusing? It is but it's also a sophisticated teen novel filled with misunderstandings and frustration.