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Believe in Me: A Teen Mom's Story by [Dickerman-Nelson, Judith]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 596 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Jefferson Park Press; 1 edition (15 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ON5A1A
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Infantilization of Teen Parents 1 Jun. 2012
By Anthrochap - Published on Amazon.com
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While many will find Judith Dickerson-Nelson's book of interest because of its focus on teen pregnancy, I found it an interesting and disturbing look at how we infantilize and control those who in most other countries and times would be considered adults, and responsible for their own lives. In this story, two young people in the throes of an intense love affair are not allowed to do any of the things lovers do--as our bodies and minds were designed to do them: to have privacy other than in cars; to live together; to be employed; to act, in short, like grownups. Because they were still treated as children with a problem instead of as adults with a future, Judith and Kevin were forced to quash perhaps the deepest and certainly the most tender feelings they may ever have--a love for one another and a commitment to a life together with their baby. Why was this so wrong?

Kevin tries to be man but is shoveled back into childhood time and again; he is immature in large part because he is forced to be so. He tries,but he even gets sent away to do another year of high school!! On the other end of the scale, Judith's parents support her in whatever she does, but don't, it seems, give her much guidance. She is trying to become an adult, and that is helped not by support alone, but also by lots of ideas and even tough love; not letting her take the car one more time to visit Kevin at school, for example. Part of growing up is learning to have self-respect, and listening to one's parents when they refuse to let you go up and make a fool of yourself one more time.

The story is one of children having a child, but not because the children wanted it that way, or weren't ready to be grown up and move ahead. They remained children because their families would neither let nor make them grow up. Here are two legal adults or nearly having to make love in the back of automobiles, unable to sleep in the same bed, worrying about proms and graduations whenever they aren't worried about the baby, practically stopping by the malt shop for some rock and roll before they go study. The whole story is of a crazy world in which we make adults act like children, try to keep them celibate and unrespected in the most reproductively healthy years of their lives, and wonder why the shoe doesn't fit.

This is a story about two people who were not allowed to do the common sense, right thing: to make love, have a baby, work, and be adults. Oh, no, you will cry!! Not when they are so young! But notice: Judith settles into her life, finds some degree of satisfaction, when she does just what you wish she didn't have to do: work in a grocery store and go to a local college. This is where we all end up in some way or another, because this is growing up. When you hold people back, you deform their lives and twist the social fabric into strange shapes--daughter, baby, and her parents in the same house; grown men soused and oversexed on a Saturday night, partying in dorm rooms that smell like dirty socks.

It's important to remember that this story is real. It's difficult to remember that, because then the hurt is real, too.

I think the author was likely not fully aware of the dimension of her story I have discussed here. If she had, I think she would have been kinder to her readers and let us know how things went: how she became the adult she was; how Kevin and she found ways to parent their child; what happened to the baby. If I knew he was alright; if I could see Kevin as a man, I would be able to sigh that despite how screwed up our mores are, people somehow manage to become human in spite of them.
3.0 out of 5 stars I feel bad saying how stupid I thought these two teenagers were 20 Jun. 2016
By Lana Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gets three stars, because the writing is decent. I feel bad saying how stupid I thought these two teenagers were, but OMG. I don't know whether Kevin really loved Judith, but all I could see is how they kept having sex when she had already gotten pregnant once. The only 100% contraception is abstinence. I'm not a fundamental Christian, but if you are so unsure of him, Judith, stop sleeping with him! She was so lucky she got out when she did without another baby.

I felt like I was watching an episode of Teen Mom. It was realistic, just annoying as it could be.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and Heartfelt 5 Mar. 2012
By wisteria - Published on Amazon.com
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Believe in Me is the story of a young woman named Judith and her journey through teen motherhood. Judith is intelligent, strong, extemely sensitive and in many ways so naive. You feel the power of her love, starting with the baby's father and ultimately for the baby with such poignancy. You see a girl who, although very advanced intellectually for her age, still believes in fairytales and happy endings. A girl on the cusp of womanhood, but not quite there yet. Her story pushes her into the world of adulthood very quickly. You witness the power of her moral convictions, which some might consider unusually developed in a girl her age; yet nevertheless are real.

The story moves easily along and it is hard to put down because you want to know what happens to Judith next. You want to know if the baby's father is going to come through for her. You want to see how the parents and other adults handle the situation. You want to find out what happens to this very loving and sensitive young woman. Most of all you want Judith to succeed, no matter what happens.

The characters that surround this young woman are presented very honestly. They are neither true heroes nor true villains. What you have are realistic portrayals of adults caught in a situation they would never want for their children. While some of their decisions are hard to understand; they are presented without malice.

The subject is approached with great honesty and sensitivity. I would recommend it to all, but most particularly to teens who will find the book easy to relate to and hard to put down. Judith's journey is both fascinating and uplifting.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiction or Nonfiction? 20 April 2012
By twiceasnicelettering - Published on Amazon.com
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First let me say, I loved this book. From the first page you are captured by the author and her story. It's one of those books you can't wait to finish and find out how everything works out but at the same time, don't want it to end. I read it all, including the Acknowledgments and the Author's Note. It wasn't until then that I saw, This is a work of fiction. I was very disappointed when I read that as I think we have a different mind set when we are reading fiction verses nonfiction books.

I went to the authors website and found pictures of her as a young pregnant girl. I wasn't sure if an author could take one truth about her life and turn it into a memoir. If so the book was an easy read but was a bit fluffy and forgettable. If it were a true memoir it left you wanting to know more.

I wrote to Judith Nelson-Dickerman and she kindly emailed me letting me know that yes, it is a true story of her life. Her publishers wanted her to change some names, characters and places and she said because of this she had to say it was fiction.

This book leaves you thinking about the author and everyone included in it, even after the final page is turned.
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read for teenagers coming into adulthood and their parents 12 April 2012
By P. S. Buchanan - Published on Amazon.com
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"Believe In Me" is a short book at 209 pages, but it's long in terms of clear messages, heart, and a good story. The book revolves around the unplanned and unwelcome pregnancy of a popular, pretty, and highly intelligent high school girl. Just to add a few complications, she's a cheerleader, she goes to a Catholic school circa 1980, and the father's family is less than supportive. The father has great intentions but is swayed the other way by those around him. In any case, there's a lot to overcome for Judith, and she perseveres through many ups and downs quite purposefully. For teenagers and their parents, this book presents a great opportunity to talk through all of the issues surrounding unprotected pre-marital intercourse. Even though "Believe In Me" is a fictional account, in real life, this story has been played out millions of times over the last ka-billion years. Yet there aren't a lot of great accounts set in the modern world with modern themes. It's usually the young woman that has it the hardest, and that certainly is the case in this book. I can't give this book a five star rating, because I think the plot involving the supporting characters - both familial and friends - could have been built out a little better. Still, it's completely worth the quick read. It gets you thinking about a lot of things for many days afterwards, which is what the best books do. Hats off to Ms. Dickerman-Nelson.
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