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Baby Love

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  178 ratings  ·  17 reviews
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
ebook, 242 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Open Road Media (first published January 1st 1981)
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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...
Intricate storyline. Amazingly simple straight forward tone of voice with the sharpest and sometimes darkest obeservations. A hidden masterpiece!
Robin Tucker
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
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
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)
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
Brut et perturbant
Strange but perversely readable. I kinda liked it. Can't say why. At the end, I said: HA!!

Lindsay Murphy

I thought this was an interesting and disturbing book. I thought the ending was abrupt and unsatisfying. Overall a book worth reading!
Karen Todd Hagen
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.
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!
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.
I liked this book but it was very different. It had interesting characters and was very enjoyable.
Meh, it was weird, confusing, a little disturbing and had a vague ending.
Another odd book, but I liked it. Rather abrupt ending, though.
Sally Fouhse
Funky. I'll never forget the blueberry pudding/cobbler.
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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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