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When his girlfriend decides to give their baby away, seventeen-year-old Sam is determined to keep him and raise him alone.

When his girlfriend decides to give their baby away, seventeen-year-old Sam is determined to keep him and raise him alone.

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Overview

When his girlfriend decides to give their baby away, seventeen-year-old Sam is determined to keep him and raise him alone.

When his girlfriend decides to give their baby away, seventeen-year-old Sam is determined to keep him and raise him alone.

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Kirkus Reviews

Bechard again takes on a challenging issue: teenage parenthood. But in a nice change of pace, Bechard’s protagonist is that unusual breed of kid, an unwed father with sole custody of his infant son. Told in the first person by a youngster who has powerful feelings he has trouble expressing, the narrative neatly lays out Sam’s dilemma—how to be a good father without completely sacrificing his dreams for the future.

Booklist

It’s unusual to find a boy in the teen single-parent role, but this story is both realistic and perceptive, and the characters are fully realized, speaking and acting with authenticity and individuality

Bulletin, Center for Children's Books

The exploration of the situation is compelling. . . and the drain an infant puts on parental mind and body is vividly and credibly depicted. Also credible is Sam’s quiet yearning for the life he had and the future he had planned, as he sees old friends across a chasm of experience and finds kinship with an old crush now a teen parent herself. The paternal slant adds fresh interest to what’s essentially a classic and enjoyable problem novel.

Horn Book

Bechard effectively conveys Sam’s perspective, neither sugarcoating is bond with Max nor using him as, in his words, a “poster child for the dangers of teenage sex”. . . . She doesn’t hinge the novel’s provocative, some might say maddening, conclusion on the fact that Sam is male. His ultimate decision to give Max up stems from a painfully honest acknowledgement of the kind of life he wants for himself and for his son.

School Library Journal Starred Review

Bechard has written a poignant winner of a book peopled with human beings all struggling to make their lives work. And she has created in Sam an unforgettable and realistic protagonist full of heart and guts.

Publishers Weekly

Sam, a 17-year-old unwed father, is the candid, unusually likable narrator of Bechard's involving novel. A senior at an alternative high school that offers day care, Sam struggles to juggle his responsibilities as a parent and student. He and 11-month-old Max live with Sam's largely uncommunicative widowed father, who has agreed to support them until Sam graduates high school and takes a construction job. Sam finds much-needed companionship when Claire, whom he has quietly admired for years, shows up at his school with a baby of her own. Flashbacks effectively fill in the missing pieces of the story, recalling the evolution of Sam's relationship with Brittany, Max's mother; Claire's presence in his eight-grade English class; his mother's last days fighting cancer; a memorable childhood fishing expedition with his parents; his first glimpse of the newborn Max; and his resolve to keep the baby when Brittany decides to give him up for adoption. The teen's conflicted perceptions of his role as father, friend and son, as well as his future aspirations, are intermittently droll and wrenching. While the story has been told before, it comes across as unfailingly real; and even the surprise ending conforms to the lifelike atmosphere.

Publishers Weekly
A 17-year-old unwed father struggles to juggle his responsibilities as a parent and student. "The teen's conflicted perceptions of his role as father, friend and son are intermittently droll and wrenching," wrote PW. Ages 12-up. (Dec.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
This short novel examines teen parenthood and how its responsibilities can interfere with students' lives. The twist in this story is that the parent is a boy. Sam is a basketball star with plans to go to college, but a fling with his girlfriend changes everything. Holding his newborn in the hospital, Sam knows he cannot give up his son, although his girlfriend has already decided to do so. With help from his father and aunt, he begins the life of a struggling single parent, attending an alternative school while losing his friends and lots of sleep. Sam faces sexism as the only male in the program and fights daily fatigue. Only a chance to take the SATs and a budding relationship with a young mother in similar straits keep him going. He promised to get a construction job when he graduated to help his father with expenses, but his scores encourage him to consider college. Baby Max is almost a year old and consumes the bulk of Sam's time and money. His girlfriend and her baby could become his new family—albeit one with many financial difficulties. He could choose a future that selfishly would include only himself. Sam's surprising decision involves a gut-wrenching look at his priorities. This book is a quick, easy read that touches upon many real-life issues. Some characters are a little underdeveloped and might be too good to be true, but the story will make the reader think, "What would I do?" PLB
— Kevin Beach <%ISBN%>0761315799
KLIATT
To quote from the review in KLIATT, May 2002: This is a poignant story of a 17-year-old who wants to raise his baby son when the mother says she will give the baby up for adoption. With the help of his dour father and helpful aunt (Sam's mother is dead), Sam gets through almost a year with Max, his son. He had promised his father to "take responsibility," giving up his social life, sports, and plans to go to college. This novel tells about how Sam's life unravels in his senior year. Part of the catalyst comes when a teacher helps him prepare for the SATs and he studies with another teenage parent, Claire. The two teenagers get close and it seems like it could be easy to team up and become a family, raising their two babies together. A night out being "normal" teenagers, playing ball in the driveway, fixing a meal, ends in an accident and a trip to take Max to the emergency room. Although this isn't ultimately too traumatic, it proves to Sam that he has to rethink his decisions about being a father. Readers may not quite understand all of Sam's reasoning. It looks as though the plot is heading in one direction, but it veers sharply after this trip to the hospital. A final chapter, when Max becomes 18, helps us realize that Sam's ultimate decision is a wise one for himself and for his baby son. I'm not positive about the statistics, but would imagine that for cultural reasons, being a teenage father happens less frequently with white middle-class teenagers, because so frequently abortion is the option for teenage pregnancy in that group. Sam is white and middle-class; he would have been heading for college and a promising future, given his academic skills. Still, the story could work as acautionary tale (and it is a good story in itself) about the difficulties of parenting. (An ALA Best Book for YAs; ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.) KLIATT Codes: JS*-Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2002, Simon & Schuster, 204p., Ages 12 to 18.
— Claire Rosser
From The Critics
Sam fell in love with Max at first sight. And when Brittany admits the "mother thing" is not for her, Sam becomes custodial parent. At seventeen, it means that Sam must give up all his plans for his high school senior year and beyond: football, college and becoming a computer engineer. At his alternative high school, Sam is the only male single parent. And so he wonders: Is he right on course? Sam's father, a single parent himself (Sam's mother died when he was eleven), offers to help Sam finish high school and arranges for a job in construction afterwards. College is not in Sam's plans. Parenting, as Sam learns, is not easy, and every day brings another challenge to keep Sam from achieving success. Slowly, Sam realizes that his own life — now with child in tow — will never be the same. An easy read filled with practical wisdom, this book is highly recommended as an important edition for any adolescent classroom collection. 2002, Roaring Brook Press, 160 pp., Anne Webb
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Sam Pettigrew has transferred from his old high school to an alternative school for a very good reason. When his girlfriend wants to give their baby up for adoption, the 17-year-old assumes the role of custodial single parent of his son, Max. The story begins with Sam in his new role as father and moves back and forth between his current troubles and his earlier ones: the death of his mother, his emotionally distant father, and his peer relationships. Sam's world is generally a supportive one, full of friends, teachers, and family. However, he and his father made a deal; if Sam graduates and then goes on to work a construction job, he'll support Sam and Max for one year. There will be no college in Sam's future, even with his great SAT scores. The young man has taken responsibility for himself and his actions. However, he is still an ordinary teenager trying his hardest to do the right thing, the best thing for the tiny, much-loved son that transformed his life and possibly his future. As Bechard deftly shows, the choices made in small ordinary moments are as important as the big "turning points" in determining the course of a life. In a world where much of YA literature is fraught with "noir" plots peopled with dysfunctional characters caught in tragic situations, Hanging on to Max is a breath of fresh air. Bechard has written a poignant winner of a book peopled with human beings all struggling to make their lives work. And she has created in Sam an unforgettable and realistic protagonist full of heart and guts.-Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library District, IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A high-school senior copes with the challenges of taking care of a baby while trying to get a diploma and maintain a social life. As she did in If It Doesn't Kill You (1999)-which was about an adolescent boy dealing with his father's homosexuality-Bechard again takes on a challenging issue: teenage parenthood. But in a nice change of pace, Bechard's protagonist is that unusual breed of kid, an unwed father with sole custody of his infant son. Told in the first person by a youngster who has powerful feelings he has trouble expressing, the narrative neatly lays out Sam's dilemma-how to be a good father without completely sacrificing his dreams for the future. While many young adults in his situation are truly caught between a rock and a hard place, some of the obstacles Sam faces feel manufactured, giving the reader the sense that they could be ameliorated if he would just open his mouth and ask for assistance. The protagonist, who lives at home with his equally inexpressive father, is nicely foiled by two classmates, both teenage mothers, who help round out the situation and demonstrate the various experiences of young parenthood. A disconcerting resolution mars the piece, negating much of the action that came before it and leaving the unprepared reader unsettled and dissatisfied. Even so, the author should be commended for taking on a tricky topic, the demands, delights, and difficulties of being young, single, and a dad. (Fiction. 12+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761315797
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Bechard is the author of many novels, incluing the forthcoming Spacer and Rat. She lives in Tigard, Oregon.

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Chapter One

The total silence woke me up. I opened my eyes, slowly, and there they all were, watching me. Ms. Garcia, with her sad little worn-out smile. The rest of the class, grinning like monkeys. The room was almost dark, except for the light from the slide projector.

"Nice nap, Sam?" Ms. Garcia asked. Everyone burst out laughing. Ooh. Good one, Ms. Garcia. Except what teacher in her right mind would turn out the lights and show slides at 1:30 in the afternoon?

I shrugged upright in my desk. "Sorry." I shook my head, trying to clear it out.

"Do you know what this slide is, Sam?"

I squinted at the screen. "Jupiter?"

People applauded. Someone in the back whistled. I rubbed my eyes. When I'd fallen asleep, there'd been a slide of a woman making cookies. Ms. Garcia's "Why We Should Study Math" inspirational slide show.

"Okay," Ms. Garcia said, "in 1995 NASA sent a probe from the Galileo spacecraft down through the atmosphere of Jupiter." The slide projector clunked to a picture of the probe.

"It looks like a giant tit," some guy said.

Ms. Garcia sighed. "Okay. Well. The probe sent back a stream of data for 57.6 minutes, until the incredible pressure of the Jovian atmosphere crushed it."

"Poor little probe," the girl next to me said.

"Bor-ing," somebody in back said.

I imagined the probe, analyzing, computing, while the weight of Jupiter pressed in heavier and heavier.

"So," Ms. Garcia said, "do you think the scientists at NASA had to use math to design this probe? And to communicate with it?"

"I'd rather design a giant tit," the guy in back said.

Ms. Garcia sighed. The next slide was a Volvo. "Now back on Earth the safety engineers..."

I put my head back down on the desk and closed my eyes.

The bell woke me up. Kids were grabbing books and papers, cramming them into backpacks. Everybody talking at once. At the front of the room, Ms. Garcia was saying something about turning in the test papers from the beginning of class and something that was due next Wednesday. But nobody was listening. People were jamming up in the doorway, pushing to get out. "Test papers," Ms. Garcia said again.

The guy who sat behind me, who always smelled faintly of sweat and cigarette smoke, slapped my back. "Hey, dude. At least you weren't drooling."

"Right," I said. "Thanks." I stared down at my test. I'd finished it in the first ten minutes. And that had included checking my answers three times. I stood up slowly and shrugged into my backpack.

As I dropped the paper on her desk, Ms. Garcia's hand snaked out and grabbed my wrist. "Give me a couple of minutes, please, Sam?"

I glanced at the clock. "It's 2:30."

"They'll wait for you."

I sighed and moved out of the flow of kids. Good job, Sam. Two weeks into September and already you've ticked her off. Already you're blowing this. A kid stopped to explain why he'd done only the first three problems on the test. And then Marcella went into a long thing about how she was going to Mexico for two weeks and needed to know what she'd miss. I shuffled around a little, banged my foot against the garbage can, just to let them know I was still standing there, but nobody paid any attention.

Finally the last kid left. Ms. Garcia ran her fingers through her hair. Her face was tense, like maybe she had a bad headache.

"I've really gotta go, Ms. Garcia." I pointed to the clock. "And I'm sorry about falling asleep. It's just...we had a bad night last night. I didn't..."

She waved her hand. "I know. I know. Everybody had a bad night last night." She leaned toward me. "The real problem here, Sam, is you don't belong in this class."

I took a breath. "But this is the only math class that fits in my schedule. We went through this whole thing, Mrs. Harriman and me." Besides, I liked this class. I needed an easy class. I took another breath, deeper, slower. Don't panic here, Sam. Get a grip. "I need the credit. I have to graduate this year."

Ms. Garcia tilted her head to one side and looked up at me. "I talked to Mr. Wright, Sam, yesterday. Your math teacher at Willamette View?"

I nodded. Mr. Wright. He'd been okay. Andy had called him "Mr. Wrong," which was pretty dumb, but I'd always laughed, because it was Andy.

"Mr. Wright loaned me a different text. It comes with a computer program. It'll let you work at your own speed."

I laughed. My own speed? My own speed was like a dead stop. "You know, Ms. Garcia, I sort of dropped out of Mr. Wright's class."

"But he says you had a good grasp of all the concepts. A very good grasp, he told me." She pointed to the iMac in the corner. "We can set you up over there. You can work on the computer in class and take the textbook home with you." She held it up, barely. It looked like it weighed about 500 pounds. "It actually gets into precalculus."

I could tell she wanted me to be impressed, excited. "But..." I started.

"And if you get stuck, I can help you out. I was a math major, you know." She smiled at me, her eyes big behind her wire-framed glasses. "I'm not saying it won't be hard work, Sam. But don't just say no. At least think about it." And her smile widened, a little desperate looking. Ms. Garcia, the math major, teaching bonehead math in an alternative high school. "I don't want to lose you, Sam. I think, if you were challenged more, you might sleep a little less."

And who needed sleep? I took another breath. If it would make her happy, if I could stay in her class, if I could graduate like I was supposed to, what was one more thing? "Sure," I said. "Sure. I can give it a try." I took the book. It did weigh 500 pounds.

She nodded, once. "Good. I'm glad, Sam. I don't think you'll regret this."

It took me five minutes to get to my locker. The halls were packed with kids, goofing around, laughing, yelling. Typical end-of-the-day high.

I jerked my locker open. It smelled funny. Gym socks? Rotting sandwich? I didn't have time to figure it out. I grabbed my English book and the stack of government worksheets. I stuffed them all into my backpack and slammed my locker shut.

The secretary looked up from her monitor as I burst through the day care doors. "We'd about given up on you," she said, but she was smiling. They all smiled at me, all the time.

"I had to talk to Ms. Garcia," I said. I shouldered through the door into the crawlers room.

"Here he is!" Mrs. McPherson, the teacher, said. "Here's Daddy."

Max leaned out of her arms toward me, his hands stretched out, his face red and swollen with crying.

I took him. "Hey, buddy. It's okay." He wrapped his arms around my neck, taking a big hiccuppy breath, twining his fingers into the long hairs at the back of my neck. I patted him gently. "Let's go home."

Copyright © 2002 by Margaret Bechard

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2011

    Bap Bap!

    What a good book. We took a vacation and I read this book to pass the time. I fell in love with Max and was conflicted about the ending. It didn't seem to fit with the characters or the rest of the book. However, I still highly recommend the book. It is a quick, but deep, read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2008

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    Hanging on to Max

    I loved this book. I recently just read it, I could not put it down. It was amazing, I didn't expect it to be that good. I loved the over-all story as well. It was great. Very much. But, I kept rereading the last couple of chapters, trying to figure out what I was missing, the major question was, "Why did he give up Max, the kid seems to love him so much and he loves the kid too, why would he do that after he saved him the first time, and what was I missing that got him thinking about sending Max to adoption?" Another question I had was, "After eleven months of caring for Max, almost a year, why now decide to let him go? Why isn't he capable of taking care of him?" I realized it was just another tale, probably based on some true story. But I couldn't help to wonder, so of course I kept rereading the book until I caught it. Since I sometimes skim, apparently I did there. There was a clue several times telling us that he was thinking of letting Max go up for adoption. I wish there's a sequel of some sort, it was really interesting and I want to know what ends up happening with Sam and Max, how Emily and Claire are, or how Andy or Jenny is. Or about Sam's new family, I just can't help to wonder. Is there a sequel to this story?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    As a birthmother who parented first and then placed my birthson

    As a birthmother who parented first and then placed my birthson when he was 9 months old - I can relate to the pain, decisions, and difficulty a decision like that can be. He never gave up he's still involvedI know the description uses some not ethically appropriate lingo like &quot;gave away&quot; but, the book: Hanging on to Max was one of the first venues I looked to for any kind of support. 




    My Issues in Contemporary Literature teacher my junior year of high school made it mandatory that we read novels on our own so I asked her if she knew of any &quot;young adult&quot; (my favorite genre) adoption related novels. I had just placed my birth son over the summer. She recommended me this one. 




    This book couldn't have been a better match. This book was the first thing to ever show me &quot;you are not alone&quot; and probably kept me from looking into other inappropriate ways of coping.

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  • Posted October 2, 2012

    it was a good book i would recomend it.

    this was a great book! i thought it was very interesting how well sam was willing to watch over max and try and raise a baby by himself when he is still very young.

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

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    honestly had to be one of the best books ive ever read.

    honestly had to be one of the best books ive ever read.

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  • Posted March 11, 2012

    I wish this book were available for Nook :(

    I wish this book were available for Nook :(

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    "Bap, Bap" said Max.

    Hanging on to Max is a realistic fictional book on teen pregnancy and the life of a high schooler taking care of a baby. It is about a boy named Sam who is faced with the life of an average teenager and the life as a teenage parent. Sam's girlfriend became pregnant and wanted to give her baby up for adoption after it was born. Sam didn't like the idea so decided to take in his son and be a single parent. When a teacher offers Sam the chance to take the SATs Sam doesn't quite know what to do. Taking the SATs could change his whole future.
    Sam is a wonderful person; he is responsible but strives to be a regular teenager.
    I really loved the story, the wording, and everything about this book. It was great. The best part about it was how it reflects the true life of a teenage parent.
    I disliked one thing about this book. Almost every other chapter is a flashback of Sam's "previous life" and the whole thing gets a bit confusing if you don't pay attention. Another dislike would be how the book ends. I would really love a follow-up book.
    I would really recommend this book to any junior high or high schooler, especially one who is into gooey drama.

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    Wonderful Attention Keeper!

    Hanging on to Max is a realistic fiction about a boy who has to raise his own baby boy while going to high school. It is told from the point of view of Sam, who is very stressed out and self conscious about what others think about him. Sam goes through a lot of trouble, and faces many challenges, including his own father.
    I really enjoyed reading this book, and I couldn't put it down. I actually ended up reading it all in about 1 hour. I was reading it along with another student in my class, and we both felt the same way about how the story was told. I didn't really have a specific favorite part, but I just loved how it was told and how it explains in great detail everything that Sam is feeling. The only part I actually disliked was the very ending. I wasn't happy with Sam's final decision.
    I would recommend this book to anyone who loves books that really keep your attention, and wants to know more about how hard life is raising a child while you're still considered a child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2010

    emotions i had in this book

    the book hanging on to max was a very emotional book i had read it and was almost about to cry when i read all the books telling about how Sam had to take max from his mom brittney. but it made me happy when he said he would take care of Max.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2009

    Buy it!

    I didn't this it would be good at first. It was pretty good. Definitely realistic. But yes, as someone else said, the ending did very much suck.

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  • Posted December 13, 2008

    Hanging on to Max

    Hanging on to Max is a story of a 17 year old boy named Sam who decides to take care of his newborn son (Max) when his mother decides to give him up for adoption. Sam changes schools and is doing his best to be a good father but he hates the way people look at him in public. It doesn't help when his new girlfriend has a baby of her own as well. After a series of events Sam is trying to figure out what the best thing to do is for Max. Is Sam the best father for Max?<BR/>I loved this book because of it unique view on teenage pregnancy. I've never seen a story from the fathers prospective. I also like how the series of events happened. They way the book is written keeps you one your toes because you never know if it the past, present or even the future. I truly enjoyed reading this book and will most likely read it again and again.<BR/>What i don't like is how the ending leaves you wanting more. What happened in those eighteen years? Sam said he would never be able to get married, but he did. What changed his mind? What happend to Claire and Emily? I really want a sequel to this book so i can answer all my questions.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    Oustanding and very true!

    I absolutely loved reading this book! The story shows just how difficult teenage parenting really is, but how rewarding it can be to have such experience. It shows the difficult choices and consequences that are tied and packaged with sex and teen parenting. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and I encourage others to read it. I know I will definitely keep this book and read it again and again.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2008

    AMAZING BOOK!!!!!

    I LOVED this book...It was an easy read which it takes me a long time to read a book...but I could not put this one down! It was so detailed...I give it 5 STARS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2008

    a reviewer

    I have only read the first five chapters of this book and am so obsessed with it! It's hard for me to put the book down at night! If you haven't already buy this book!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2008

    A reviewer

    a down to earth story of teanage parenthood and relationships a bit sad but very realistic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2007

    I loved this book its great!!

    The book Hanging on to Max by Margaret Bechard is about a seventeen year old,named Sam, that is trying to figure out how he's going to take care of his baby son Max. Max was not plan in his future, but yet Sam as a single parent does the best for his son Max. Will he be able to do on his own and show everyone that he could be a good parent or is he will to give him up? You got to read the book to find out! I like this book a lot it shows a lot of about life. I recommend it to everyone it is a great book to read I'm sure you will not put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2007

    You need to read this book

    The book I read was Hanging on to Max. It was by Margaret Bechard. The numbers of pages in the book are 204 pages. The book is mostly told in 3rd person. The person telling the story is Sam. The theme of the book is growing up. The characters are Sam, Max, and Claire. The exposition is dealing with an unexpected pregnancy. The climax is getting good scores on SAT¿s. The thing I liked was the ending of the book if you read the book and find out yourself. Also, I like when they took Max to the hospital, when he cut his hand. The thing I didn¿t like were the bad words because they had too many of them in the book. I also don¿t like when they move to a different things when they are talking. I also didn¿t like some of the book because it talks about weird things they do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2007

    nicholes review

    hanging on to max is a story of a young father named sam, he has to learn how to raise his son at the age of 17 after his girlfriend brittnay decides she doesnt want to keep max. this book shows all the struggles and responsibilities that a young parent goes through. having a child so young makes you give up all the things you used to do, like sam giving up football and hanging out with friends. i really enjoyed reading this book and i think alot of other people would to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    I loved this book!

    Hanging on to Max is the best book I have ever read. It is about teenage parenthood and all of the difficulties involving it. Sam, the father at age 17, is forced to make a challenging decision on whether or not to give up his son, Max. He holds out for as long as he can, but in theend he knows he has to make the decision. What will it be, keep his son, or give him up for adoption?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2007

    So sad!

    I love this book because i love how sam wants to hold on to max but he knows he will never be able to handle a responsability like that. i think boys around the globe are going throught this every minute and i think that i would recomend this book to people who are looking for real life situations.

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