Star in the Middle

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Sixteen year old Stars life changes when she becomes the mother of a baby boy. Star tries to learn how to be a good parent by taking parenting classes at a center for teen moms. But its tough being a teen mother. Her grandmother threatens to send her away and to put the baby up for adoption. Wilson, a popular star athlete, is in denial that hes the father. Then something happens that puts them together again. While Wilsons family and friends push him to accept responsibility, he learns of Stars past. What he learns changes both of them.

This is a unique tale told through the eyes of both teen parents. The story doesnt glorify teen pregnancy but instead gives readers a real and honest account of what its like. What I liked was hearing the teen fathers perspective. Though Wilson is at first in denial, he tries to understand Stars decision to keep the baby and also struggles with his own guilt. Both speak of their confusion, struggles, anger, and dreams while coming to terms with being parents at a young age. I did have one concern that showing birthfathers family getting involved and for the boy to stay with girl might give pregnant teens a false message. We adopted our son and his social worker told us that most pregnant teens dream that the birthfather will stay with them and help raise the baby. And most times they dont. Still, I like how author shows the internal conflicts of both teens.
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