Hanging on to Max

  • Title: Hanging on to Max
  • Author: Margaret Bechard
  • ISBN: 9780689862687
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hanging on to Max Sam s girlfriend is pregnantbut Sam is keeping the baby Sam should be planning for college and trying out for the football team with his best friend Andy Instead he s up to his ears in diapers and fo
    Sam s girlfriend is pregnantbut Sam is keeping the baby Sam should be planning for college and trying out for the football team with his best friend, Andy Instead he s up to his ears in diapers and formula, caring for his baby son, Max Will Sam now have to make a gut wrenching decision about Max s futureand his own A poignant and humorous look at an old problemwSam s girlfriend is pregnant but Sam is keeping the baby Sam should be planning for college and trying out for the football team with his best friend, Andy Instead he s up to his ears in diapers and formula, caring for his baby son, Max Will Sam now have to make a gut wrenching decision about Max s future and his own A poignant and humorous look at an old problemwith a new twist.

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    About Margaret Bechard


    1. Margaret Bechard is the author of five novels for younger readers, and one other young adult novel, IF IT DOESN T KILL YOU, which SLJ praised for its healthy dose of humor She lives in Tigard, Oregon, with her family.


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    1. Hanging on to Max is a book in which Sam has to take care of Max and go to school at the same time. When Britanny(Max's Mom) and Sam were dating, they always had a good time. But then one day they went to far and had sex. That Tuesday, she tells Sam she's pregnant. Sam doesnt know what to do! He used to be this teenage boy who hung out with Andy (his friend) and focused is school. But now all of that will be over.On the day Max is born, nobody sees him come in. When he goes in, he sees Britanny [...]

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    2. I found this book to be engaging and enjoyable while I was reading it, but after mulling it over, I felt dissatisfied.The ending really bothered me. I didn't get a sense of Sam's building tension in his role as a father. In fact, I thought the book was going in the opposite direction-- he gained more support and acceptance from his own father, and he was exposed to Claire's point of view that teen parents should not be ashamed of themselves, so I thought the end of the book would find Sam feelin [...]

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    3. Well, this story was really good- pretty good, until about the last three chapters. (view spoiler)[I mean, isn't this book called HANGING on to Max? Why in the world did he just give him up? Because he was too freaked about being called a "little family" when at the Taco Bell with Claire? I totally felt for that girl at the end. I understood why she was upset with him. And believe me, I 100% support adoptions. I really do, but in this particular story I thought Max was a truly good dad for being [...]

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    4. What I hate about this book, as well as other teen parent fiction, is that it suggests that teenage parents can't cope, that their lives have to completely stop, they can have no aspirations, and that because of all this, they shouldn't have their child. I had high hopes for this book, that Sam would face up to all of that, and raise Max, but from the very opening of the book, he didn't seem to want him. He didn't care, and just complained about how hard it was, that you're left wondering why he [...]

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    5. My expectations for this book were higher. In the beginning, the book held up - I liked the formatting and thought I would get more background story. The author skimmed through the details; characters are poorly developed. We don't see much of sex - it's mentioned, but it's always just a statement with few details - but we also don't see much about the birthing process and we only catch glimpses of what it's really like to have a kid. The author dwelled on the negative; when she did bother to ge [...]

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    6. I read this book in 2005 and recalled liking it a lot at the time but I couldn't recall how the story turned out so I just re-read it. I think that the book should be required reading for teens. It would be MUCH more effective than half the "abstinance plus" programs advocated in some schools today. Sam Pettigrew is a high-school senior who's trying to finish school and raise a son at the same time. The child's mother reconsiders her decision to keep their baby and wants to put the baby up for a [...]

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    7. This was an incredibly short book recommended to me by my son's best friend from high school. I needed a young adult book with a baby as the main character (or as one of them) for a challenge, so I went to her for advice. She knows that I like the idea of a teenage boy keeping his baby, so she recommended this book. I have to say, at just over 200 pages, it was one of the quickest reads I have ever done. In fact, it only took me about 3 hours to read start to finish. The premise of the book is t [...]

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    8. I CHOSE HANGING ON TO MAX BY MARGARET BECHARD BECAUSE IT WAS A BOOK THAT MY AUNT RECOMMENDED ME TO READ WHEN SHE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND I NEVER DID. FINALLY WHEN I FOUND IT IN MY ROOM I DECIDED TO READ IT AND TO SAY THE TRUTH IT BEEN VERY INSPIRING BOOK. HANGING ON TO MAX IS A VERY INSPIRATIONAL STORY BETWEEN YOUNG TEENAGERS THAT MAKE MISTAKES THAT WE DO TODAY. HAVING A BOYFRIEND, GETTING PREGNANT AT A YOUNG AGE, ETC. THIS STORY IS ABOUT A YOUNG 17 YEARS OLD TEEN WHO HAS SEX AT A VERY YOUNG AGE [...]

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    9. I thought this book was pretty good. The plot showed what it was like to be a teenage parent and I thought that was pretty interesting. It showed the struggles that Sam went through every day and how he managed to get through and move past them. It also showed that sometimes you need to put feelings aside, and focus on what is best for those around you. Sam’s personality wasn't that of a typical 17 year old boy. He was more mature and realistic. He had to be that way, seeing he was a parent. B [...]

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    10. This book caught my eye in the library because 'Max' (the name of my son) was in the title. And having been a stay-at home dad with Max, I was interested by the premise. This is an understated, but moving story about a bright high school senior named Sam who decides to raise his son after his girlfriend gets pregnant. Relocating to an alternative school, surrounded by mostly teen moms and well-meaning teachers, he is adamant in doing the right thing. And for Sam the right thing to do is take car [...]

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    11. This book for me was a good way to show how being a teen father is. The main character, Sam Pettigrew, is trying to balance high school and parenthood. He has a 11-month old son named Max. I got to see how he went from dropping a child off at daycare to going to school. Then from school to picking Max up again. They live with Sam’s parents and his dad seems to be the main helper and advisor. I liked the part of the book where the pond and all the ducks were and what Max did with them. He was s [...]

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    12. I'd give Hanging on to Max one and a half stars, if possible. The book was relatively well-written, but in my opinion, not original, as many novels about teenage pregnancy end in adoption, although statistically, only 1% of all teen aged parents actually make that decision. I thought that Sam came across more as a selfish teenager than a young father concerned about the well-being of his son, and the ending didn't really do much for me. I didn't feel that the reactions of both Sam and his former [...]

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    13. I read this book for school when i was a freshmen in high school. I hated to read back then but this book changed my perspective on books completely! This book has been apart of me since. I fell in love with reading because of this book. I never knew that you can get emotionally invested into a characters development. I enjoyed reading this book immensely! Sam was the kind of loving caring father that i hope every man out aims to achieve.

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    14. This is one of my all time favorite books of all times. This book is all about how a teen boy takes care of his son. It tells about all his troubles and joys. The ending of this book is not what I excepted. I would recommend this book to any teen that is going to be having a kid or to anyone interested into real life fiction books. This would also will be a good book for new parents or single parents.

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    15. It wasn't a bad book, but throughout the whole story I didn't really FEEL the book. Like, Sam's emotions or thoughts. It's just a little plain. The end literally killed me. The fact that he actually gave up Max for adoption destroyed me. How could he do that after a whole year of having him? I cried a river.

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    16. I enjoyed this book because it really shows how the father can bond with the child. The book also does an excellent job of proving that sometimes the financial burden paired with the emotional stress can really separate families that are not ready. In the end I was sad when Sam decided to give up Max but I understood his decision. all in all, it was a very good book.

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    17. This book is great for non-readers. I love the way you feel all emotions and come to care for Max as if he is your own. I found myself crying as my heart strings were pulled to the point of breaking.

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    18. Hanging on to Max has a great overall concept. In the topic of teen pregnancy the father's perspective is new and fresh. I liked seeing the difference of a father raising a child alone in place of the mother.

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    19. This was a really good book about a father in his senior year who was taking care of his son. The scene where Max cuts his hand was so sad, but I really liked the book. It shows that becoming a teenage parent is something that could happen to (almost) anyone.

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    20. I really generally liked this book, it was quiet simple and didn’t have much to it but I liked how it got into the insight of teen parenting when every other book I’ve ever read was just about the pregnancy. The part I disliked was the end when Sam gave up Max, it was really quick and seemed like the author at that time just didn’t care any longer so it wasn’t well written and I was confused. Overall I enjoyed the book.

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    21. The book was overall good and interesting. I got kind of confused for a bit when I didn't realize it switched from past to present every other chapter. Also, the ending is weird and I don't like how it ended.

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    22. I loves this book, but the ending was sad cause he ended up putting him for adoption but over all i love this book and i think i could read it a thousand times.

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    23. good to see a guy stepping up to parenting

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    24. A really great book that made me feel good but at the same time it made me sad in the end because of the ending. I give it 3.5/5 stars

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    25. The end though? Not a fan

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    26. November 15 2011 Hanging on to Max by Margaret Bechard Page: 1-204Task: What do you like about this text? Task: I really enjoyed reading “Hanging on to max” by Margaret bechand because it is very different than most books. Usually, when a book is about teens with babies, it involves girls and their babies but this book was relativily different. It was about a teenage boy taking care of his baby. Its really interesting how it shows the love a teenage dad has for his baby and how many sacrific [...]

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    27. Opening of reviewWhat is a 2-3 sentence summary of what this book is about?What are your overall impressions of the book?Hanging on to Max is a book about a boy's life and struggles after he finds out that his girlfriend is pregnant. The author takes you through the world of him being a teen parent and what its like to handle being a dad and still being a teenager and going to school. I liked the idea of what the book was about,and seeing through the eyes of the boy rather than the girl in this [...]

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    28. Task 6:November 17 2011Margaret Bechard 1-204Task:Describe your favorite character from the text in detail using two or more cited quotationsTASK:My favorite character in this book is probably Claire Bailey. She is not the main character but she is still one that I really liked to read about. Claire is my favorite character because she is a girl who has taken a tough situation of being a single teenager mom, and doing the best with it. She is very smart and outgoing, you can tell that she's like [...]

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    29. Hanging on to Max is about a teen boy who is in his senior year of high school and has a kid named Max. The mother of the child wanted to give it up for adoption after deciding to keep it when she was pregnant. Instead, Sam, the father decided to keep it. The climax is when he meets some one from his old school and ends up going on a date with her, and ends up being her boyfriend. To have day care Sam goes to this school for teen parents while they finish their High School education, volunteers [...]

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    30. Seventeen year old high school student Sam is struggling with parenting his son Max. He is trying to balance out fatherhood and high school. Max was put up for adopition by his own mother. Before Sam was left with his baby boy Max, He and his girlfriend Brittany engaged in some sexual activity and a couple of days later, she announced she is pregnant.As the book goes on, You will later see that Sam gave up Max up for adoption. At the end of the book, you see a sudden twist in the book. The book [...]

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