Too Soon for Jeff
Too Soon for Jeff
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Catalog Number: #6065134
Format: Paperback
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Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 224
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-929777-03-5
ISBN 13: 978-1-929777-03-7
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
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ALA Booklist
Jeff Browning has a plan for his future. As a champion debater he stands a chance for a scholarship to the college of his dreams. So when his girlfriend, Christy, happily informs him she's pregnant, though she had told him she was on the pill, Jeff feels betrayed. Christy refuses to consider abortion or adoption, and Jeff announces that it is her choice, but it is too soon for him to be a father. As Christy's pregnancy progresses, Jeff is forced to confront the disapproval of his mother, classmates, and respected teachers, as well as his own guilt. As much as he tries, he can't turn his back on his own child. Whether Jeff is ready or not, he is going to be a father--his plan for his life changed forever. In Jeff, Reynolds has crafted a character both maddening and sympathetic; he is totally believable as a teen who has an underlying sense of integrity but refuses to accept that he must face the consequences of his actions. Told in the first person, the story reveals little of the inner thoughts of the other characters, but the dialogue and the action scenes are sufficient to make Jeff's world and relationships come alive. Reynolds' Detour for Emmy is a tale of teen pregnancy from the mother's point of view; this teen father's story is a thoughtful book for both young men and young women. (Reviewed September 15, 1994)
Horn Book
A graduating senior with debating talents and a college scholarship, Jeff is about to become a very reluctant teenage father. While he wants his girlfriend to have an abortion or put the baby up for adoption, Christy wants to have the baby--and keep Jeff too. Jeff's low-key narrative honestly portrays his confused emotions and self-interest, and even though his view of Christy is skewed, readers may empathize with both teenagers as they learn hard lessons about life.
Kirkus Reviews
Jeff, almost 18, and Christy, two years younger, have been going together for months. Because Jeff is feeling threatened by Christy's possessiveness, he decides to break off the relationship. But before he gets a chance to bring the subject up, Christy tells him that she is four months pregnant with his child. Jeff is horrified; he knows that they are both too young and unprepared for parenthood, that a child will signal the end of each of their plans for the future. He tries to get Christy to have an abortion, but she is adamant in her refusal. Meanwhile, Christy's father insists that Jeff marry his daughter, and Jeff's mother, about to start an important mid-life career change, announces that she will not give up her future to be a full-time grandmother for the child. Jeff, a basically decent young man, is confused and ashamed, worried about what his future (and Christy's, and the child's) holds. Reynolds's last book, Detour for Emmy (1993), concerned the life choices facing a pregnant 15-year-old girl and was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. This one is at least as well written as Detour but is perhaps even more important than the earlier novel since so little has been written about the problems of young unmarried fathers-to-be. Another candidate for next year's BBYA list. (Fiction. 12+)"
School Library Journal
Gr 8-12-The realities of teenage sexuality are portrayed in this story of Jeff Browning and his girlfriend Christy. They have been together for a year, and he has just decided that he needs more independence and time to spend with his friends. He is a high school senior looking forward to a promising college career in debate. When Christy reveals that she is pregnant, life changes drastically. Jeff is outraged that she often ``forgot'' to take the pill, and insists on an abortion. The young woman protests, and has the baby, hoping Jeff will stay with her. His family is angry, but supportive, while Christy's beligerent father makes the situation worse. Unlike many teenage fathers, Jeff does finally take responsibility for his son and learns to balance college life with fatherhood. Believable characters and an easy-to-read text will make this an appealing story that emphasizes the consequences and responsibilities of sexual behavior among young people.-Judy R. Johnston, Auburn High School, WA
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Reading Level: 4.4
Interest Level: 7-12

Jeff Browning is a talented high school debater who stands a solid chance of winning a scholarship to the college of his dreams. But Christy, his girlfriend, announces that she is pregnant and she will neither have an abortion nor give the baby up for adoption. Jeff is forced to deal with the consequences of his actions. Ready or not, Jeff is going to be a father, and the course of his life is changed forever. This story of a reluctant teenage father was unanimously selected by ALA for its Best Books for Young Adults list.


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