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August 30, 2009

Hanging on to Max

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Hanging on to Max

Author: Margaret Bechard

Page Length: 204

Reading Level: 6

Genre: Fiction

PLOT SUMMARY: Sam is a 17 year old senior in high school who lives with his widowed father and son, Max. When Max’s mother decided having a son as a teen ager was too much for her to handle, Sam, got custody of their infant son.  Sam is now attending an alternative school for teen parents.   Overwhelmed by homework, grocery shopping, playtime with an eleven month old, diapers, and doctor’s appointments, Sam sees a job in construction as his future.

Sam is gifted in math skills and his teacher encourages him to take the SAT just to see how he does.  Sam forms a study group with two of the other teen parents.  Claire, who he has had a crush on since junior high, is one of the members of his study group.  As their friendship grows they develop a romantic attraction. One day they attend a party of some of their old house school friends, taking both of their children.  While Sam is not neglectful, Max gets injured at the party and is rushed to the hospital. 

Sam has a love for Max, but finds the responsibilities of teen parenting more than he can handle.

REVIEW:  This is a realistic view of the life a teen parent must live.  The story is told from Sam’s point of view. His experiences both at school and home are not sugar coated, as far as the responsibilities he has.  The book would be excellent for any junior high or high school student to read, so that they may think twice before participating in unprotected premarital sex. 

AREAS FOR TEACHING: Cause/Effect, Sequence of Events, Character, Point of View, and Conflict

TOUCHY AREAS-PAGES: The theme of the book is based on the birth of an illegitimate child.   

RELATED BOOKS: The First Part Last, The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom, A Family Gathering, Girl Talk

MOVIE CONNECTIONS: Juno (2007)

RELATED WEBSITES:

www.teenreads.com/reviews/0689862687.asp

REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner

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2 Comments »

  1. THIS BOOK IS SOOO EMOTIONAL I LOVE HOW THEY SHOW YOU HOW TO BE RESPONSABLE !!!!!!!MY NONE FAVORITE PART IS WHEN SAM GIVES MAX TO ADOPTION:( IS THERE A SECOND BOOK TO HANGING ON TO MAX????

    Comment by JENNY — December 16, 2009 @ 12:36 am | Reply

    • Not that I am aware of. However, Spencer and Rat is her next book which was written in 2005. Glad you liked it!!! Hope you enjoying reading more of my team’s blog.

      Comment by thebookreviews — January 18, 2010 @ 1:41 am | Reply


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