Baby Girl
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Baby Girl

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by Lenora Adams
     
 

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All I can say is that I never thought it would come to this. I never thought I would run away. For some reason I thought you, of all people, would see and know.

Sheree has always been a tough girl, able to take care of herself. Then she finds herself in a situation where she can't. She needs help. She needs answers. But she can't get either from the

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All I can say is that I never thought it would come to this. I never thought I would run away. For some reason I thought you, of all people, would see and know.

Sheree has always been a tough girl, able to take care of herself. Then she finds herself in a situation where she can't. She needs help. She needs answers. But she can't get either from the people she she turns to — her parents, her friends, and especially, her boyfriend, who calls her Baby Girl and treats her like she's disposable.

So who can Sheree turn to? Maybe the answer lies deep within herself, and it's truly time for her to grow up.

In a voice that rings strong ant true, debut novelist Lenora Adams tells a story that is rich, complex, and achingly real.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
At age seventeen, Sheree writes to her mother from the home for teen-age mothers, explaining how she, the product of a teen pregnancy, finds herself in the same situation. The voice is street-smart, savvy, and vulnerable. Sheree clearly sees those around her, and almost sees her own flaws and weaknesses, but not quite. The voice in this first letter is also believable. After the baby's birth, she begins a new letter to the baby, telling him of her love and her renewed relationship with both her mother and her largely absent father. But the primary message in this letter concerns the baby's father, Sheree's love object who lost interest as soon as he knew Sheree was pregnant. The voice in this second letter, though, is no longer believable. Sheree is not speaking here to an infant about his father; rather she is speaking to all the girls out there who do not guard themselves from pregnancy, thinking that the love they feel for their "man" will be enough to make a family. Racial and class issues are explored in this story of a black girl and her white best friend who lives on the nicer side of the tracks. The language and explicit references to sex make this book appropriate for older readers, but the issues are presented realistically, opening doors to discussions of self-esteem, the way we use our bodies, and race and class, as well as teen pregnancy.
VOYA - KaaVonia Hinton Johnson
This debut novel, which consists of three letters, documents Sheree's tumultuous journey from innocence to maturity. Reared by a single, teen mother who allowed her to smoke cigarettes and marijuana before she reached high school, Sheree realizes that her view of the world is different from other young adults. When the novel begins, Sheree is living at Milagro House, a shelter for women and girls in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. There she is told that writing her thoughts and feelings will help her to make sense of her experiences. Her first letter is written to her mother and reveals a predictable plot that includes details of Sheree's failed attempts to find love and acceptance. This quest results in an unwanted child that she decides to have, hoping that he will love her. It is only after his birth while writing a letter to him that she realizes, "Babies don't give love, they take." Every adversity, misfortune, or hardship imaginable, from abortion and neglect to childbirth and post-partum depression, happens to Sheree. Her best friend Ange's life does not offer much relief to sensitive readers either. Ange, who is Italian and involved in an interracial relationship, becomes pregnant, has an abortion, does drugs, and is nearly thrown into jail. Despite the familiarity of the plot and unrealistic changes in some of the characters, Sheree's racy language, tough-girl attitude, and eventual realization of self-love will urge readers to cheer for her and place this book alongside other portrayals of teen parents found in Jacqueline Woodson's The Dear One (Delacorte, 1991/VOYA October 1991), Like Sisters on the Homefront by Rita Williams-Garcia (Lodestar, 1995/VOYA April 1996), and AngelaJohnson's The First Part Last (Simon & Schuster, 2003/VOYA June 2003).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416925125
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
02/27/2007
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
737,773
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 Years

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Baby Girl is very good. In the beginning it gripped you from there on out. The book is sad in some parts and it makes you want to cry. During one chapter it got very emotional and teary eyed. It makes you feel as if you are in the story and you are Sherry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful and exciting books. Sometimes i cried my way through the book. Every young teenage mother should read this wonderful book. It such a struggle for teenagers having babies. I have so many friend that ARE 15- 18 YEARS of age with babies. Watching them try to take care of their baby is a struugle for me and them, They read the book.We read the book as a group and presented it to our classes and whole school.It was amazing and our library ordered a classroom copy for eighteen class rooms. It was heart-warming and touch so many people lives. the girls compared themselves to the characters.It changed my outlook on life. It also made a new beginning for some mothers at the school. They felt as they were no longer alone in this life with babies. They joined a pact that gave inspiration to others. I give advice to all i can. This book is a life of its on. It change my friends whole life and i am highly blessed.What a Lesseon it was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
what i like about this book, was how sheree at the age 17 goes through so much drama its like 1 crazy world that im living in,even though everything isn't alike,but i enjoyed the book. it was sad how both here parents like abanded her, even though she did lived with her mom, her mom coulda been more supported,i understand both of her parents parts and what she had suffered during her childhood.even though having a baby she made it in thee end ad still had both her parents by her side juss a life she loved %% whised to have..i will read this book again..&& again
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I didn' want to put it down once I started reading. Sheree is so much like some of my friends - we hang out and check out the guys. Gotta' know when to pull it back thou.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really like tthis book it really got me interesting in reading mroe a lanora adamns book. I like how the setting is as a letter to her mother and she rinning and i really like how you had us really wanting to kno moore about what is happeing in the story. I cant wait to read more a lenora adamns book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can someone please please please lend me this book!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a breath taking book. I was not able to put it down after i started to read it ! I literally crted because it made me feel like i was sherry
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was very touching and real life book. almost everything in this book is the situation i've seen someone go through and helped and its nice to read such a touchy story. a must read
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really good!I love books that have something with drama and the kind of drama that i like would be the kinds with pregnant teens that go through a lot to keep there child because they know that it would be a big respnseabiltiy,but it would be worth while to bring a child into the world,and it really does get me thinking about me having a baby when i get older.and the book does jusy that!!!!!!i give this book an A+.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sheree, or Ree Ree as she is known to her family and friends, has the odds stacked against her. Growing up with her single mother and not having much of a relationship with her father hasn¿t given Ree Ree the best start in life. Her dreams are big, but her chances are small. Life isn¿t easy, but Ree Ree has people who care about her and try to steer her in the right direction. Her mother was just fifteen when Ree Ree was born. It was a case of one-sided love. Her father had other ideas about how to spend his time besides hanging around being a dad. Now when Ree Ree needs him most, he¿s the father of several more children and living with a new woman who doesn¿t have any use for a wayward teenage stepdaughter. Ree Ree¿s mother and grandmother have tried to keep her focused on school and a decent future, but it¿s not easy with all the temptations out on the streets. Her mother is a nice-looking woman with an eye for men and spends most nights at the local bar. Although she sets some serious rules and expectations, as a role model, she definitely lacks authority. BABY GIRL is written as three letters. The first is Ree Ree¿s description of what has gone wrong in her life, and her attempts to stay connected with her mother and reconnect with her father. The second letter is her mother¿s view of raising Ree Ree and dealing with a daughter who repeats the mistakes of the mother. Finally, the last letter is Ree Ree facing her son and the consequences of her own decisions. Lenora Adams uses the language of the streets to create a realistic drama about an attempt to break free of the past and build a better future. But as the quote on the cover asks, ¿What happens when life isn¿t what you expected?¿ **Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka 'Readingjunky'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was A really worth while book. It really made me understand what life is like for someone who has little money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a day.I hope the author makes another book cause im like addicted. At first i didn't really get th emeaning of the book but when i got through the first pages i got that she was writing about flashbacks.
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He entered the vicinity quietly.
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I feel bad because I actually really like Aj 3:
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Nhmmmm.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a pretty good book but ive read better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the begining but would love to get to the end please lend to me.
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