No More Saturday Nights

No More Saturday Nights

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by Norma Klein
     
 

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Tim Weber and Cheryl Banks had what they thought was a "casual" relationship — until she got pregnant and wanted to put the baby up for adoption.

It sounded like the best thing for everyone. After all, Tim was about to start college — Columbia University in New York City. He was beginning a whole new life. But he just couldn't forget the fact that it was

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Tim Weber and Cheryl Banks had what they thought was a "casual" relationship — until she got pregnant and wanted to put the baby up for adoption.

It sounded like the best thing for everyone. After all, Tim was about to start college — Columbia University in New York City. He was beginning a whole new life. But he just couldn't forget the fact that it was his baby too. He decided he wanted to keep the baby, and raise it himself.

But Tim didn't realize how hard it was going to be, moving to Manhattan, starting college, and taking care of his son. What would happen to his hopeful dreams of the future?

With wit, humor, and honesty, Norma Klein creates a deeply moving portrait of a young man precariously balanced between the responsibilities of single fatherhood and the freedom of college life.

"Norma Klein scrutinizes the unexamined assumptions of traditional family arrangements and explores new possibilities with sensitivity and savvy."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An unwed teenaged father attempts to balance the stress of single parenthood with the academic pressures of college life in this witty, thought-provoking novel. Ages 13-up. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 10-12 In characteristic fashion, Klein tackles with candor and humor yet another topical subject of adolescent trauma: teenage unwed fatherhood. Tim Weber's dream of escaping small-town life in Massachusetts for the big time in New York City is given a push towards realization by his acceptance at Columbia. When a casual relationship with a high-school classmate results in an unwanted pregnancy, Tim decides to go to court to win custody of his child. The result finds Tim, with little Mason, sharing an apartment in the city with three females, and attempting to balance dirty diapers, daycare, dating, and studying. The novel is short on realism in its story line and long on the exaggerated drama of soap operawhich will, of course, make the book a likely pick for popular reading. Tim's emotions, his attachment to the baby, his honest vacillation between love and frustration, and the resentment as his life is swallowed up by caring for an infant are candid. He's a sympathetic character with intelligence, charm, sensitivity, and confidence. Klein's skill at smoothly integrating subplots is best shown in the changing relationship between Tim and his widowed father, caused by Mason's arrival and Tim's example that fathers can indeed nurture. The strong language of adolescents and the casual nature of their sexual relationships are depicted forthrightly and without moralizing. Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, Maine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449703045
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/29/1989
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.72(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

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