Thursday, July 06, 2006

Hanging on to Max, by Margaret Bechard, 2002

Sam Pettigrew's trying to stay awake in high school, at least enough to graduate, but late nights tending his 11-month old son Max, and squeezing homework and SAT prep between naps and feedings makes it hard to keep his eyes open. Sam is a strong, loving, honorable, and conflicted teen; the novel compassionately follows his affectionate and troubled relationships with his father and his son through blessings and heartbreaks. Uplifting, strongly recommended; bring tissues.

As would be expected with the subject matter, some teen sexuality is present, though neither explicit nor glamorized, and sensitively yet believably handled.

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