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Believe in Me: A Teen Mom's Story
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Believe in Me: A Teen Mom's Story [Kindle Edition]

Judith Dickerman-Nelson

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Product Description

Product Description

Written for teens and adults, Believe in Me: A Teen Mom's Story traces the emotional journey of Judith, a cheerleader and honors student at a Catholic girls’ school in Massachusetts. When her 17-year-old boyfriend, Kevin O'Brien, gives her a diamond ring the summer before her senior year, she feels as if her life is perfect. But her pregnancy changes everything. Kevin's parents don't want him to start a family at such a young age, and Mrs. O'Brien tells Judith to get an abortion. As a Catholic and an adopted child, Judith must look within her own heart and decide what to do.

This beautifully written coming-of-age story is ideal for women's studies majors as well as teens and their parents and grandparents.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 408 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Jefferson Park Press; 1 edition (Feb. 15 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ON5A1A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars true to life March 5 2012
By grace - Published on
if anyone has been in this situation,(or even if you haven't) believe me, this is a must read. you will actually feel like you know the author personally while going through her life story. this book shows how a young girl started out with her first love, and through all the highs and lows this brings, shows how she matures during the whole process. this is a book that once i started, i found myself continuing on until i finished. congratulations to the author for bringing herself to where she is today!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid and affecting March 1 2012
By Vanilla Ice Cream - Published on
What is most striking about the telling of this story is how viscerally the reader experiences the intensity of life as a teen. The writing is never melodramatic, and never self-pitying, but nonetheless manages to evoke an emotional response that feels (at times, painfully) true. Readers will re-encounter the devastation of lost love and betrayal right at the cusp of adulthood. There is a remarkable maturity and restraint in the point of view that marks the memoirist's longer perspective on experience, but an immediacy and honesty in the rendering of the story that makes it breathe.

It's gratifying and rare to read a book about the choices faced by pregnant women (of any age) that remains truly personal and avoids a political and didactic stance. Believe in Me describes a situation met with a deep level of moral conviction, one observable not only in terms of the writer's certainty about her own choice, but also in terms of the adults that populate the telling. The adults who orbit this young mother-to-be reveal themselves in shades of empathy, concern, fear, suspicion, and weakness, but they are deftly observed, rather than simply judged.

If you care for writing craft, and honesty, and young people, read Believe in Me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, heartfelt story; an inspiration for teenage girls everywhere Feb. 29 2012
By jlee - Published on
This story is an honest and touching reminder of the risks and challenges faced by teenage girls. Knowing what you believe and holding onto convictions are often the hardest part of the teen years, and Judith's story will provide inspiration to anyone faced with choosing between their personal ethics and what others may tell you is the easy way out. Beautifully written and captivating from page one, this book is hard to put down, and will stay with you for a long time after you've read the last word.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars recommended for parents of teens March 9 2012
By Jomafro - Published on
My review is as a parent of teens, thinking about who I would recommend this book to as something beyond an interesting read--as something that will contribute help or insight for life. The author does a very good job of presenting this story from the perspective of a 16-17 year old girl and it is a very believable account of a year in her life. To me she seems like a typical teenager--sometimes making good decisions, sometimes bad ones. But rather than finding her convictions inspiring, I felt they were inconsistent. For example, she was convinced that abortion was a sin in God's eyes and so wouldn't consider it, but was also convinced that premarital sex and birth control were sins in God's eyes but did those anyway. She and her boyfriend regularly engaged in risky behaviors such as drinking and smoking (even while pregnant), pot smoking, hitchhiking, lying, drunk driving, running away, etc., which do not make her a role model for young people in my eyes. One thing I kept hoping was that the adult Judith would insert some perspective or reflection on the year's events that would explain what she learned, what she regretted, or some ultimate consequences, but there was very little of that. Based on these observations, I would hesitate to recommend this book to teenagers unless there was an adult around to provide some perspective and help the reader think through some of these things (since there isn't much of that in the book itself). On the other hand, I would probably recommend the book to parents of teenagers. It was a good reminder to me of the teenage mindset--often good-intentioned, but also immature, unrealistic, self-centered, and not thinking much about the long term consequences of their actions. It motivated me as a parent to be aware of what my teens are thinking, feeling, and doing, so that I can provide the right amount of restraint and encouragement to keep my children protected (even from themselves) and taught to make good decisions.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and true story for all ages March 15 2014
By Kelly - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This coming-of-age story shows the complex emotions of a pregnant teenager. Dickerman-Nelson writes beautifully and exposes the raw reality of her young adult life. It is a fascinating and truthful novel which I would definitely recommend for all ages.

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