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A seventeen-year-old unmarried father wins the rights to custody of his son in court; goes off to college in New York City, where he finds an apartment with three girls as roommates; and improves his relationship with his own father, always knowing his baby is the most important thing in his life.Seventeen-year-old Tim discovers that his former girlfriend is pregnant, and rather than putting up the child for adoption, he takes on the responsibility of parenting, despite his impending committment to a difficult college program
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Grade 10-12 In characteristic fashion, Klein tackles with candor and humor yet another topical subject of adolescent trauma: teenage unwed fatherhood. Tim Weber's dream of escaping small-town life in Massachusetts for the big time in New York City is given a push towards realization by his acceptance at Columbia. When a casual relationship with a high-school classmate results in an unwanted pregnancy, Tim decides to go to court to win custody of his child. The result finds Tim, with little Mason, sharing an apartment in the city with three females, and attempting to balance dirty diapers, daycare, dating, and studying. The novel is short on realism in its story line and long on the exaggerated drama of soap operawhich will, of course, make the book a likely pick for popular reading. Tim's emotions, his attachment to the baby, his honest vacillation between love and frustration, and the resentment as his life is swallowed up by caring for an infant are candid. He's a sympathetic character with intelligence, charm, sensitivity, and confidence. Klein's skill at smoothly integrating subplots is best shown in the changing relationship between Tim and his widowed father, caused by Mason's arrival and Tim's example that fathers can indeed nurture. The strong language of adolescents and the casual nature of their sexual relationships are depicted forthrightly and without moralizing. Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, Maine
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Wasting no time on preliminaries, Klein begins her story where many others would endwith the weighty aftermath of a casual high school romance. Tim Weber, 17 and bound for Columbia on a scholarship, goes to court to win the custody of his unborn child. Determined to show the world that he can "handle it," after his son is born, Tim sticks to his plans and moves to New York City. He eventually finds accommodating roommates, daycare for the baby, and does his best to carry a full course load. But Tim finds that being a full-time premedical student isn't always compatible with being a full-time parent. Something has to give, and Tim learns that he isn't a failure just because he admits weakness. Klein ( My Life as a Body , Older Men , etc.) starts with an unusual premise, which would have been the sole theme in a lesser work. But she never takes the easy way out, and fashions a multilayered meditation on love, parenthood and male-female roles. The occasional strong expletives and frank treatment of sex mark this as a book for mature young adults. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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