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- 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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Believe in Me: A Teen Mom's Story Kindle Edition
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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.
I felt like I was watching an episode of Teen Mom. It was realistic, just annoying as it could be.
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.
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.
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