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Growing Up Fast
Growing Up Fast tells the life stories of Shayla, Jessica, Amy, Colleen, Liz, and Sheri--six teen mothers whom Joanna Lipper first met in 1999 when they were enrolled at the Teen Parent Program in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Less than a decade older than these teen parents, she was able to blend into the fabric of their lives and make a short documentary film about them. Ov ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Picador
(first published 2003)
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About teen pregnancy, in beautiful Pittsfield MA. I've been meaning to read this book *forever*, based on the subject material and proximity to places I know. Now that I live here, it seemed like time to do it. Um. Highly depressing. She basically tells the stories of 6 teen moms, mostly in their own words. Abuse, drugs, lack of opportunities, missed opportunities, dysfunction, dysfunction, dysfunction..... A good depiction of what it's like to be stuck in a town that's going nowhere, and going ...more
Basically about teen motherhood. However, I enjoyed it because it was about economic opportunity (or lack thereof) in a former industrial city that was the victim of changing tides, globalization and so forth. After GE left, the workforce couldn't adjust, drugs entered into the picture as soon as poverty did...and a working class community became increasingly chaotic. The author offered few solutions, though she did capture the sense of hopelessness quite well. It captures a moment in American h ...more
A compilation of teenagers who became parents. At times overwhelmingly depressing, the book is full of wisdom and courage that the young women share. Their struggles are so incredibly hard, and they exhibit strength well beyond their tender years. This is a book that all of us need to read, so that we meet teenage mothers with the compassion and respect they deserve.
I found this to be a really fascinating book mostly because it is set in my hometown of Pittsfield, Mass. I recognized many of the places and even some of the service providers. It also included a pretty good description of the community and the levels of despair and pessimism related to the economy there. A quick and slightly depressing book but very fascinating.
Since i grew up in Pittsfield, I thought this would be an interesting read. I was right. The stories of these 6 young girls at times made me feel sympathetic at times for them but also anger at their sometimes lack of taking responsibility for their lives. It made me realize how an environment can play such a large part in shaping the lives of all of us.
I had to read this for my sociology class and it was way better than I thought it would be. I enjoyed the stories of each girl and seeing how they are getting their life together. I think for a school reading assignment it could have been much worse and for the book itself, each girls story could have been more depressing.