Too Soon for Jeff

Too Soon for Jeff

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by Marilyn Reynolds
     
 

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Jeff Browning is a talented high school debater who stands a solid chance of winning a scholarship to the college of his dreams. But Christy, his girlfriend, announces that she is pregnant and she will neither have an abortion nor give the baby up for adoption. Jeff is forced to deal with the consequences of his actions. Ready or not, Jeff is going to be a father,

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Jeff Browning is a talented high school debater who stands a solid chance of winning a scholarship to the college of his dreams. But Christy, his girlfriend, announces that she is pregnant and she will neither have an abortion nor give the baby up for adoption. Jeff is forced to deal with the consequences of his actions. Ready or not, Jeff is going to be a father, and the course of his life is changed forever. This story of a reluctant teenage father was unanimously selected by ALA for its Best Books for Young Adults list.

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Reynolds's last book, Detour for Emmy, concerned the life choices facing a pregnant 15-year-old girl and was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. This one is at least as well written as Detour but is perhaps even more important than the earlier novel since so little has been written about the problems of young unmarried fathers-to-be. Another candidate for next year's BBYA list. (Fiction. 12+) - Kirkus Reviews

"A thoughtful book for both young men and young women." - ALA Booklist

Whether Jeff is ready or not, he is going to be a father-his plan for his life changed forever. In Jeff, Reynolds has crafted a character both maddening and sympathetic; he is totally believable as a teen who has an underlying sense of integrity but refuses to accept that he must face the consequences of his actions. Reynolds' Detour for Emmy is a tale of teen pregnancy from the mother's point of view; this teen father's story is a thoughtful book for both young men and young women. - Jeanne Triner, Booklist

Grade 8-12. The realities of teenage sexuality are portrayed in this story of Jeff Browning and his girlfriend Christy. Believable characters and an easy-to-read text will make this an appealing story that emphasizes the consequences and responsibilities of sexual behavior among young people.- Judy R. Johnston, Auburn High School, WA, School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
Just as 17 year old Jeff has decided that he must be honest with his girlfriend Christy, and tell her that he no longer wants to go steady, Christy shocks him by happily announcing that she is pregnant. Although Christy has hopes of marrying and settling down with Jeff, he has hopes of winning prizes in debating and a scholarship to college. Jeff is not ready to accept the responsibility of fatherhood, and Christy's ideas of motherhood are vague and unrealistic at best. However, by the end of this very frank and realistic novel, both Jeff and Christy, although unmarried and leading separate lives, have matured enough to parent their baby son. The novel explores many aspects of the teen pregnancy problem from the young man's point of view.
School Library Journal
Gr 8-12-The realities of teenage sexuality are portrayed in this story of Jeff Browning and his girlfriend Christy. They have been together for a year, and he has just decided that he needs more independence and time to spend with his friends. He is a high school senior looking forward to a promising college career in debate. When Christy reveals that she is pregnant, life changes drastically. Jeff is outraged that she often ``forgot'' to take the pill, and insists on an abortion. The young woman protests, and has the baby, hoping Jeff will stay with her. His family is angry, but supportive, while Christy's beligerent father makes the situation worse. Unlike many teenage fathers, Jeff does finally take responsibility for his son and learns to balance college life with fatherhood. Believable characters and an easy-to-read text will make this an appealing story that emphasizes the consequences and responsibilities of sexual behavior among young people.-Judy R. Johnston, Auburn High School, WA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781929777037
Publisher:
New Wind Publishing
Publication date:
08/15/2014
Series:
Hamilton High True-to-Life
Pages:
222
Sales rank:
444,721
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Marilyn Reynolds is the author of ten books of realistic teen fiction: Shut Up, No More Sad Goodbyes, If You Loved Me, Love Rules, Baby Help, But What About Me?, Beyond Dreams, Too Soon for Jeff and Detour for Emmy, all part of the popular and award-winning True-to-Life Series from Hamilton High. Marilyn is also the author of a book for educators, I Won't Read and You Can't Make Me: Reaching Reluctant Teen Readers, and a collection of essays, Over 70 and I Don't Mean MPH. She has a variety of published personal essays to her credit, and was nominated for an Emmy for the ABC Afterschool Special teleplay of Too Soon for Jeff.
Ms. Reynolds worked with reluctant learners and teens in crises at a southern California alternative high school for thirty years. She remains actively involved in education through author presentations to middle and high school students ranging from struggling readers to highly motivated writers who are interested in developing work for possible publication.
In the introduction to her book on techniques to help reluctant readers (I Won't Read and You Can't Make Me), Marilyn writes: "Over time I came to realize that the greatest gift I could give to my students, many of whom would have no formal schooling after they left [high school], was the gift of a reading habit. Silent reading time became the backbone of my program." She quotes a study in the the Los Angeles Times reporting that the single most significant factor in determining a person's success in life is whether they read for pleasure.

She published her first novel, Telling, with the encouragement of Gloria Miklowitz, a well-known writer of young adult fiction. Telling dealt with molestation, and students at her school became avid readers (and critics) of the manuscript. In the process, "students were developing a critical sense, using literary terms, analyzing character and motivation. And they were paying attention to the specifics of language use."

Encouraged by the experience, she went on to write a realistic novel about teen pregnancy, Detour for Emmy. She believes that "the essence of sustained silent reading has to do with the increased understanding of one's self and the world, of enabling the wounded to heal, the isolated to know they are not alone, the bigoted to see the humanity of others."

Marilyn Reynolds is a passionate advocate of the benefits of writing in addition to reading. She promotes writing through participation in the 916 Ink program, and works with incarcerated youth in the Sacramento area. She engages with teens in a local continuation high school, and through visiting schools as an author. She also presents staff development workshops for educators and is often a guest speaker for programs and organizations that serve teens, parents, teachers, and writers.

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Too Soon for Jeff 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
erick18 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book filled with drama and confusion. This book is about a young man,Jeff, he is so confuse between the baby or his dream of going to college. He knows that if he has the baby it will ruin his dream. Jeff wants to help the baby but he wants to achieve his dream. He is so confuse what to choose. If you want to find out what Jeff chose go get the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With so many teen couples getting pregnant here is a look of how to deal with the problem of going from teenager to parent. Teenage decision making to the max. A teen parent guide for life when you have no way out when you have to make a choice. An adolescent fiction teenage book that you have never read or pick up before.A first look into two teens life's and the decision they have to make for their baby. Jeff and Christina are two teens confronted with a difficult choice. After you pick up this novel you will not be able to put it down because it is so educating to an up and coming teenager. A epic teenage drama of man varius the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not a teen mom but my cousin is she is only 18 and had sex with a person not of her color and this book has helped me to understand what could happen if I was a Teen mom, I glad I'm not because i don't think i would be ready. With most books i'm not interested at all in the books they are boraing but this one pulled me in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! I love all of Marilyn Reynolds books but this one is by far the best one i've read! I recommend this book to any teenager ! I plan on reading all of her novels because she keeps you interested the whole way through! She's an awesome writer!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS REAL LIFE, IN WHICH IT WAS TOLD VERY GOOD IN GREAT DEPTH. IT WAS VERY REAL INDEED!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I started reading the book , Too Soon For Jeff , I was done within 2 days . The book caught my attention and was filled with exciting details . I would recommend this book to a teen , who hardly ever reads because then it would make then wanna read more of Marilyn Reynold's neat books . I enjoyed this book a lot . I also think it would stink to be caught in Jeff's situation.