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Maynard’s captivating novel of four teenage girls, bound together by early motherhood and forever changed by the arrival of two women in their small New England town


In their New Hampshire community, Sandy, Jill, Tara, and Wanda are different from other teenage girls. Jill is pregnant, while the other three are already mothers. Sandy, at eighteen, is married. Tara, the prod
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ebook, 242 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Open Road Media (first published 1981)
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Arabia
Feb 02, 2017 Arabia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un bon petit roman.très féminin léger rafraîchissant.
R. Honey
Nov 26, 2015 R. Honey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only downloaded this book because it was a $1.99. I was sitting a long time in a doctor's office with no purse book so started Baby Love. Thinking I
Would only read it over the course of a long time when in waiting situations.
I was immediately drawn in by the chatty,easy style of writing. If this book had been only about a stupid bunch of high school juniors in some pregnancy plot I would have given up.
The novel has more stories going on and is much more than multiple teen moms and pregnancies.
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Amy
Oct 15, 2007 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somehow my friends and I picked this up at a garage sale (I believe it was at the Sheridan town hall) in a pile of free stuff. It was the first graphic romance novel I got my paws on. I must have been 11 or 12. It's a laughably bad book, but I have to give it three stars since it was the first smut book I read. Good times...
Relaxolgy
Jan 12, 2010 Relaxolgy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intricate storyline. Amazingly simple straight forward tone of voice with the sharpest and sometimes darkest obeservations. A hidden masterpiece!
Melissa Dally
This is definitely quite different from the other books by Ms Maynard that I've read. Also, as a fellow Melissa born in the late 70's, I really identified with baby Melissa and just wanted to reach into the book and rescue her! The ending felt quite abrupt, but I'm still glad I finally got my hands on a copy of this and read it.
Nenette87 Piccolanay
That's it! I'm done...

It now seems pretty clear to me that I really have to stop reading books rated less than 4/5 on Goodreads.
I know, it's elitist and it's a shame that I deprive myself from many books. But I really have to learn my lesson.

Why have I read this book?
Because I'm interested in the subject.
I disregarded the rating on Goodreads telling myself that the subject interested me. Thus I had a good chance to like the book better than other readers.
But let's face it, other readers probabl
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Sheri
I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me a bit of Doris Lessing. Maynard is really rather negative (or just realistic?) and it is certainly not a Disney-ending. Instead, she manages to weave a story about many (15?) characters in a small town in Vermont that just feels real. The focus is on pregnancy and young motherhood (with a special emphasis on YOUNG mothers), but all of these people interact with each other in unique ways. They are not all stupid girls who got themselves knocked up; they ...more
DeeLee
It is, apparently, a first novel, and it reads like one. Which is not to say it wasn't engaging, because it was, and I read it in one sitting. I don't usually enjoy novels that bounce around a huge cast, but in this case I didn't mind the multiple points of view. Maynard is skilled at capturing the different voices of her characters, and she makes these characters (most of them young small-town people) interesting.

The big let down is in the ending. The book builds up a steady momentum, but in t
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Robin Tucker
Nov 12, 2014 Robin Tucker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Joyce Maynard's accomplished first novel. One of the characters is a young woman adrift after being callously dropped by her older lover, a sub-plot obviously drawn from Ms. Maynard's relationship with J.D. Salinger. While I was in the midst of reading this book, I took time out to watch the recent documentary "Salinger." In the movie, Ms. Maynard recounts that Salinger referred to her writing as "junk." His cruel assessment was a pitiful response to the publication of her memoir "At Hom ...more
Niki_
Feb 17, 2014 Niki_ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nem tartom a rideg valóságnak. Tény és való, hogy biztos több anyuka is felismeri a szereplőkben a saját érzelmeit, de én túl hangsúlyosnak érzem a negatív gondolatokat. Azért többnyire az anyaság ennél jóval szebb és boldogabb.
Viszont középiskolás lányok, fiúk figyelmébe, nagyon ajánlanám a könyvet. Számukra szerintem egy kicsit elrettentő is lehet a nem védekezéstől. ;o)
Bővebben: http://azajtom.blogspot.hu/2014/02/jo...
Zelmer Wilson
Jan 01, 2016 Zelmer Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. I have been a fan of Joyce Maynard for a few years now. This is her first novel and it is a good one. The only flaw is the ending. Otherwise, the characters are good and the story is unique and original.
Barbara
Aug 21, 2012 Barbara rated it it was ok
Why in the world has this tired old story been brought back to life? Silly story that reads like it was written by a 7th grader.
Karen Todd Hagen
Dec 11, 2010 Karen Todd Hagen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was an amazing effort for a first novel, written when the author was only in her mid-twenties.
Tamara
Aug 25, 2013 Tamara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Storyline was hard to follow at times, seemed rambling and chaotic. But that only added to my enjoyment of it! Thought it was a good book!
Lindsay Murphy
Nov 30, 2012 Lindsay Murphy rated it liked it


I thought this was an interesting and disturbing book. I thought the ending was abrupt and unsatisfying. Overall a book worth reading!
Jennifer Friess
Baby Love kept my attention, but it had so many characters and an unusual writing style that I had trouble following it. I felt like the ending still left too man storylines unresolved.
Karen C
Aug 07, 2016 Karen C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very strange book..Not sure I got what the point of it was. Also some disturbing parts and had some vulgarity which was surprising (to me).
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Joyce Maynard first came to national attention with the publication of her New York Times cover story “An Eighteen-Year-Old Looks Back on Life” in 1973, when she was a freshman at Yale. Since then, she has been a reporter and columnist for The New York Times, a syndicated newspaper columnist whose “Domestic Affairs” column appeared in more than fifty papers nationwide, a regular contributor to NPR ...more
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