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Hanging on to Max

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  1,168 ratings  ·  194 reviews
Sam's girlfriend is pregnant -- but Sam is keeping the baby. Sam should be planning for college and trying out for the football team with this best friend, Andy. Instead he's up to his ears in diapers and formula, caring for his baby son, Max. Will Sam now have to make a gut-wrenching decision about Max's future -- and his own? A poignant and humorous look at an old proble ...more
Hardcover, 142 pages
Published May 15th 2002 by Roaring Brook Press (first published January 28th 2001)
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Cynthia
Hanging on to Max is a book in which Sam has to take care of Max and go to school at the same time. When Britanny(Max's Mom) and Sam were dating, they always had a good time. But then one day they went to far and had sex. That Tuesday, she tells Sam she's pregnant. Sam doesnt know what to do! He used to be this teenage boy who hung out with Andy (his friend) and focused is school. But now all of that will be over.

On the day Max is born, nobody sees him come in. When he goes in, he sees Britanny
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Allison
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Jordin
Well, this story was really good- pretty good, until about the last three chapters. (view spoiler) ...more
Jenna
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Stephen
Oct 03, 2014 Stephen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any teens considering sex
I read this book in 2005 and recalled liking it a lot at the time but I couldn't recall how the story turned out so I just re-read it.

I think that the book should be required reading for teens. It would be MUCH more effective than half the "abstinance plus" programs advocated in some schools today.

Sam Pettigrew is a high-school senior who's trying to finish school and raise a son at the same time. The child's mother reconsiders her decision to keep their baby and wants to put the baby up for a
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Alyssa Goode
I thought this book was pretty good. The plot showed what it was like to be a teenage parent and I thought that was pretty interesting. It showed the struggles that Sam went through every day and how he managed to get through and move past them. It also showed that sometimes you need to put feelings aside, and focus on what is best for those around you.
Sam’s personality wasn't that of a typical 17 year old boy. He was more mature and realistic. He had to be that way, seeing he was a parent. Bu
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Jubilee Aba
I CHOSE HANGING ON TO MAX BY MARGARET BECHARD BECAUSE IT WAS A BOOK THAT MY AUNT RECOMMENDED ME TO READ WHEN SHE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND I NEVER DID. FINALLY WHEN I FOUND IT IN MY ROOM I DECIDED TO READ IT AND TO SAY THE TRUTH IT BEEN VERY INSPIRING BOOK. HANGING ON TO MAX IS A VERY INSPIRATIONAL STORY BETWEEN YOUNG TEENAGERS THAT MAKE MISTAKES THAT WE DO TODAY. HAVING A BOYFRIEND, GETTING PREGNANT AT A YOUNG AGE, ETC. THIS STORY IS ABOUT A YOUNG 17 YEARS OLD TEEN WHO HAS SEX AT A VERY YOUNG AGE ...more
readinghearts (Lyn M)
This was an incredibly short book recommended to me by my son's best friend from high school. I needed a young adult book with a baby as the main character (or as one of them) for a challenge, so I went to her for advice. She knows that I like the idea of a teenage boy keeping his baby, so she recommended this book. I have to say, at just over 200 pages, it was one of the quickest reads I have ever done. In fact, it only took me about 3 hours to read start to finish.

The premise of the book is t
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Angie Lisle
My expectations for this book were higher.

In the beginning, the book held up - I liked the formatting and thought I would get more background story. The author skimmed through the details; characters are poorly developed. We don't see much of sex - it's mentioned, but it's always just a statement with few details - but we also don't see much about the birthing process and we only catch glimpses of what it's really like to have a kid. The author dwelled on the negative; when she did bother to ge
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Bingyao1
This book caught my eye in the library because 'Max' (the name of my son) was in the title. And having been a stay-at home dad with Max, I was interested by the premise. This is an understated, but moving story about a bright high school senior named Sam who decides to raise his son after his girlfriend gets pregnant. Relocating to an alternative school, surrounded by mostly teen moms and well-meaning teachers, he is adamant in doing the right thing. And for Sam the right thing to do is take car ...more
Kaitlyn Oruska
May 23, 2012 Kaitlyn Oruska rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants an easy read
I'd give Hanging on to Max one and a half stars, if possible. The book was relatively well-written, but in my opinion, not original, as many novels about teenage pregnancy end in adoption, although statistically, only 1% of all teen aged parents actually make that decision. I thought that Sam came across more as a selfish teenager than a young father concerned about the well-being of his son, and the ending didn't really do much for me. I didn't feel that the reactions of both Sam and his former ...more
Amanda
This book didn't really take me long to read.I enjoyed reading it. It was about a 16/17 year old named Sam. He had a girl friend named Brittany who he had a baby with. When she had the baby, she was going to give him up for adoption. Sam quickly decided to take the baby in. He named the baby Max. Sam needed to star going to an alternative high school because he couldn't go to normal school. At his new school, He meet up with his hold middle school crush named Clair. They caught up and he found o ...more
Josie M.
Where do I begin with this book? I went into it skeptical, I had seen quite a few rviews of this book that said it was disappointing. These reviews set my expections pretty low.But is still kept my mond open. Before I had read reviews or seen any opinions of the book I checked it out of my library and was pretty excited to read it. I was particularily excited to read from the point of view of a teen father because typically in YA literature we see books from the POV of a teen mom, so I thought t ...more
Sumayya
I read this book for school when i was a freshmen in high school. I hated to read back then but this book changed my perspective on books completely! This book has been apart of me since. I fell in love with reading because of this book. I never knew that you can get emotionally invested into a characters development. I enjoyed reading this book immensely! Sam was the kind of loving caring father that i hope every man out aims to achieve.
Ashley.taggart
This is one of my all time favorite books of all times. This book is all about how a teen boy takes care of his son. It tells about all his troubles and joys. The ending of this book is not what I excepted. I would recommend this book to any teen that is going to be having a kid or to anyone interested into real life fiction books. This would also will be a good book for new parents or single parents.
Sarahi Zapata
Hanging on to Max is a book that definitely kept me hanging every time I had to stop reading. The main characters in this book are Sam, Max, & Claire. Sam Pettigrew is a teenage dad who has to take care of his son Max as an only father. He receives financial aid from his dad but will later have to pay it back after high school which means goodbye to a college opportunity. He already has everything planned out but Max takes away his time from focusing on his school work. Although his high sch ...more
Yasmin
This was a really good book about a father in his senior year who was taking care of his son. The scene where Max cuts his hand was so sad, but I really liked the book. It shows that becoming a teenage parent is something that could happen to (almost) anyone.
Emily Skridla
This book is great for non-readers. I love the way you feel all emotions and come to care for Max as if he is your own. I found myself crying as my heart strings were pulled to the point of breaking.
Abygail
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Richere
This book was not great particularly in the dialogue and the writing style. All of that bored me to tears. The story line itself was VERY choppy. Sam,the main character kept on saying, "I need to do this," "I need to do that" It's like he had no real or coherent thought patterns. I didn't get a sense that he was a teen let alone a teen father. It just did not feel real enough. I got so bored that eventually I just decided to skim the rest of the story and I was just vaguely curious enough to fin ...more
Laura
Hanging on to Max is a novel about a teen father named Sam who is trying to raise an infant son and juggle high school and financial worries. Sam decided to be the parent of Max when the mother wanted to put Max up for adoption. Sam finds himself missing the normal part of teenage years. He lives alone with his son and his father (who seems very unhelpful). Sam meets other teens who are also raising babies and begins to feel like things are coming together. But, for the most part, Sam sees the ...more
Ali Anderson
Task 6:
November 17 2011
Margaret Bechard
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Task:Describe your favorite character from the text in detail using two or more cited quotations
TASK:
My favorite character in this book is probably Claire Bailey. She is not the main character but she is still one that I really liked to read about. Claire is my favorite character because she is a girl who has taken a tough situation of being a single teenager mom, and doing the best with it. She is very smart and outgoing, you can tell that she's like
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Natashia
November 15 2011
Hanging on to Max by Margaret Bechard
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Task: What do you like about this text?

Task: I really enjoyed reading “Hanging on to max” by Margaret bechand because it is very different than most books. Usually, when a book is about teens with babies, it involves girls and their babies but this book was relativily different. It was about a teenage boy taking care of his baby. Its really interesting how it shows the love a teenage dad has for his baby and how many sacrifices h
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Ali Anderson
November 15 2011
Margaret Bechard
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Task: What do you like about this text? Explain your response.

Task: I like this text because it's different than most books, for one most books are teenage pregnancy it talks about the girl and her life with the baby but in this book it talks about Sam who is the dad of the baby. Its cute how it shows how much a dad really cares about his baby and how he can sacrifice his whole life to be with his child! Also this story goes back Into the past of Sam a lot
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Kenya Liggons
Seventeen year old high school student Sam is struggling with parenting his son Max. He is trying to balance out fatherhood and high school. Max was put up for adopition by his own mother. Before Sam was left with his baby boy Max, He and his girlfriend Brittany engaged in some sexual activity and a couple of days later, she announced she is pregnant.As the book goes on, You will later see that Sam gave up Max up for adoption. At the end of the book, you see a sudden twist in the book. The book ...more
Lakshmy
Max, a book by Margaret Bechard is about a young boy that already has a son...he's the best student. His name is Sam’s and he believes that senior year should be a breeze. Parties, football game, pep rallies... and, oh yeah-a baby. This book is great for people the want to know about how a boy by himself can take care of his baby and go to school... Sam's biggest problem is his lack of support: Brittany has left town to start over, and Sam's widowed father, angry over Sam's decision, refuses to ...more
Emily
Feb 03, 2014 Emily rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Emily by: Queens Library YA list
This book nicely sketches how dads who are primary caretakers of kids get an endless stream of gendered crap tossed at them. Claire the Manic Pixie Dream Teenage Mom was all about contrasting the lack of support Sam gets from his dad.

I did not like the ending at all. Not cool. See Promises I Can Keep Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage.
Frange
This book was an amazing book. I really recommend you guys to read this book!!! It has a twist at the of the story. It a really easy book to read. But it kind of feels as if you were in the book... as if you were right there with the main character. You could clearly see this in you mind while reading. I'm not really into to books, it hard for me to find a book I'm in to. This book was just amazing I couldn't stop reading it! I finished it in 3 days!!!!! It usually takes me longer this... this w ...more
Alexis
This book is about a teen boy who decides to take responsibility and take care of his new baby son, Max. But things don't always go the way its suppose to...Could it all just be too much?

I rated this book 4 out of 5 because I connected with the text, and I thought this was a great book. It talks about everything, not leaving out a detail. And it shows you how hard it is to take care of a baby. Especially for a teenager.
Tricia Omoto
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Margaret Bechard is the author of five novels for younger readers, and one other young adult novel, IF IT DOESN'T KILL YOU, which SLJ praised for its "healthy dose of humor." She lives in Tigard, Oregon, with her family.
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