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Hanging on to Max by Margaret Bechard
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Mar 09, 12

Read from February 02 to March 01, 2012

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 get into the baby, Max was only a brief distraction from a girl and school (where daycare was provided!! How unrealistic, since most parents don't get that luxury at all).

I also hated how the book ended - the main character gave up way too easily, which fits with his whiny and lazy attitude but, in the end, I don't like the implications this ending gives to guys. We already have enough problems with men (& boys) who give up too easily. It would've been nice if the main character would have stuck with it. Here was an opportunity to show a boy becoming a man (which is what I expected from a book billing itself for teen fathers) - instead, he refused all the help that surrounded him (his dad, an aunt and uncle in their fifties, other teen parents, a school for teen parents) and chose to remain a boy.

This isn't the message I want to give to teen boys - adoption isn't an easy way out and none of the emotional factors of this are given in any detail.
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