17-year-old Sam takes full custody of his infant son, Max, shortly before beginning his senior year at an alternative school. The pressures from his father and his teachers, plus the added responsibility of caring for a baby, make his life extremely stressful. Through the ups and downs of this novel, the question for Sam is whether it is best for both Max and himself to keep Max.
Hanging on to Max showed the flip-side of teenage parenting, one that is not often written or told about. I found it interesting to enter Sam's world and hear about his daily struggles in being a teenage father. This novel does an excellent job at showing the male side of teenage parenting, and is a very interesting, as well as entertaining, read.
Recommended for grades 9 - 12.
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