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Hanging on to Max by Margaret Bechard
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Oct 04, 10

Read from October 02 to 04, 2010

** spoiler alert ** What I hate about this book, as well as other teen parent fiction, is that it suggests that teenage parents can't cope, that their lives have to completely stop, they can have no aspirations, and that because of all this, they shouldn't have their child. I had high hopes for this book, that Sam would face up to all of that, and raise Max, but from the very opening of the book, he didn't seem to want him. He didn't care, and just complained about how hard it was, that you're left wondering why he didn't let Brittany do the things she wanted to. He wasn't a particularly likeable character, and neither was his father, or his school friend. Claire was a more likeable, and a better role model character than the lead, which is sad. Though the ending was predictable from the first page, it was still an interesting read, and made me cry near the end, but sadly, I don't think I'll be recommending it.
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