➼ The Amazing "True" Story of a Teenage Single Mom Free ➲ Author Katherine Arnoldi – Thomashillier.co.uk

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10 thoughts on “The Amazing "True" Story of a Teenage Single Mom

  1. says:

    This is a great little book that I have never been able to find since I bought it for a dollar at a local bookstore I really hope it hasn t gone out of print, because I want to buy tons of copies to donate to libraries It s a straightforward story of a 17 year old woman from a working class community and the first few years of her life with her baby I enjoyed it because of the pragmatic protagonist, the lack of histrionics in telling the story, although the story itself is in no way understat This is a great little book that I have never been able to find since I bought it for a dollar at a local bookstore I really hope it hasn t gone out of print, because I want to buy tons of copies to donate to libraries It s a straightforward story of a 17 year old woman from a working class community and the first few years of her life with her baby I enjoyed it because of the pragmatic protagonist, the lack of histrionics in telling the story, although the story itself is in no way understated or downplayed she and the baby face very serious challenges and do not have an easy time I feel this book would be great for teen parents or teen parents to be The author really speaks to these readers, at times suggesting better decisions she could have made hitch hiking with her baby, for instance, allowed her to get out of some very bad situations, but she notes that it could be dangerous and suggests some other alternatives without moralizing or speaking down She suggests lots of resources and tips for parents in her situation The best part for me is that this is not a story of teenage pregnancy that ends at the birth of the baby, but a story that keeps going and going, just as all our lives do What an awesome find


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    I shouldn t be too irritated After all, the word True is in quotes on the cover and on the publication data page the author does admit that many facts and events are generalized and details altered But I was The book just didn t ring true Too many awful things happen to this girl and yet she remains ultra sweet and upbeat throughout That alone would be swallow able but she has some kind of split personality going on she is constantly a victim, oblivious and naive, but then she suddenly I shouldn t be too irritated After all, the word True is in quotes on the cover and on the publication data page the author does admit that many facts and events are generalized and details altered But I was The book just didn t ring true Too many awful things happen to this girl and yet she remains ultra sweet and upbeat throughout That alone would be swallow able but she has some kind of split personality going on she is constantly a victim, oblivious and naive, but then she suddenly stands up for herself and becomes really strong and kick ass until she suddenly is taken by yet another loser user She never sees anything coming, she never does anything wrong, she never makes real mistakes other than being too trusting Her baby is, of course, the product of a rape Yet people tell her she made her own bed so she has to lie in it That just doesn t make a lot of sense It doesn t appear to be ultra conservative religious folks here who think rape is the womans s fault no, it feelslike she got herself pregnant by the usual means She also is hit only once by her boyfriend who she s lived with awhile, it s out of the blue and he breaks her nose and does a bunch of other damage She immediately leaves him Totally out of the blue She didn t see any anger issues before then No warning signs that he was abusive Another unlikely bit she had been preparing for college all through high school until she got pregnant but she had never heard of financial aid But I have to take it in context this book was designed to show teenage moms that they have options, they can still go to school and graduate, they can go to college, they can get it paid for Excellent idea, a graphic book is a great way to do that But I question how much most teenage moms can relate to her story she s so freaking perfect and brave all the time, she never did anything wrong or made any mistakes to get to this place, I wonder how that makes girls feel about themselves Will a teenage mom think, I never planned to go to college, I slept around a lot and did drugs and stayed with my abusive boyfriend, do I deserve an education I didn t like school when I was younger, I didn t do well, am I smart enough I don t know But she won awards for her efforts She can draw, too, and even the boxes around the scenes are decorative and pretty So although I m on the 2.5 star borderline, I m rounding up to three for effort and because it was pretty


  3. says:

    I enjoyed reading this graphic novel because I come from a city and especially my high school where there were plenty teenage mothers The majority of the time when I got to talk to any of them it was mostly about the struggle and no reward They do not have express to options of a diverse future and all are just working full0time and not pursuing an education I think often this is what we think of when we think teenage single mother , but this novel is a breath of fresh air from that Althoug I enjoyed reading this graphic novel because I come from a city and especially my high school where there were plenty teenage mothers The majority of the time when I got to talk to any of them it was mostly about the struggle and no reward They do not have express to options of a diverse future and all are just working full0time and not pursuing an education I think often this is what we think of when we think teenage single mother , but this novel is a breath of fresh air from that Although we see much struggle in this novel the reward turns out to be even greater and that is what is important and what other single teenage mothers need to hear.As a reader, I like how the novel does not start off with the backstory At first we think Kathy is just like the average single mother until it begins to unravel and then we start to feel bad for her I loved the focus on her ambition and her love for her daughter That adds to the emotion of the novel and shows that she never tries to make excuses It inspired me to do better because here I am without even half of these trails and withopportunity and I don t have the ambition this girl has As a teacher, I would focus on the decision making and coping aspects of this novel with my students Decision making, because had Kathy had better skills she would have not gotten herself into the setting that caused her predicament Coping, because you can t help the cards you re dealt but you ve got to learn how to work with them Also, this novel is concluded with sections on How to Go to College, a warning about hitchhiking, and phone numbers for such things as the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence I could teach my students about the countless number of resources available to them and how to use them should they ever need it


  4. says:

    This book was recommended as a good graphic novel for girls, and it did not disapoint Very simple, honest, and heart warming story And eye opening I m ashamed to admit that I ve never really given much thought to the discrimination single mothers, especially single teenage mothers, face.


  5. says:

    This was lying on a shelf in a gallery space I was showing performing at, and I was able to read through it while waiting for sound equipment to be set up my call Incredibly tragic story that details interestingly enough, the struggles faced not only by single mothers, but pretty much all young working class women Factory layoffs and strikes, or lack of awareness of options available to her in the form of social programs, financial aid, etc are as much obstacles as the abusive and predatory This was lying on a shelf in a gallery space I was showing performing at, and I was able to read through it while waiting for sound equipment to be set up my call Incredibly tragic story that details interestingly enough, the struggles faced not only by single mothers, but pretty much all young working class women Factory layoffs and strikes, or lack of awareness of options available to her in the form of social programs, financial aid, etc are as much obstacles as the abusive and predatory family members and men she must contend with Katherine comes from an abusive, unsupportive family with an absent father When she finds herself pregnant after being raped by a stranger she accepts a ride from no one in her fucked up family has given her the street smarts or self esteem to refuse when he all but orders her into his car , she receives no sympathy or support from any of them There is no mention made of friends or teachers who may have intervened Nonetheless, she loves her baby why she decided to keep it is never discussed, and I certainly hope this doesn t fall into the wrong hands to be used as polemic but after trying to support herself in a few dead end jobs, she develops the goal to go to college The word true in the title is put into quotes, and it s stated that much off the story is generalized While I suppose one can argue that all autobio comics are to some degree fictionalized, or at least only give us one person s point of view on events, it leaves me with a little confusion as to how much of this actually happened are these all her experiences, or are some of these fictionalized to give us examples of what teenage mothers may have to face All the usual villains of feminist literature are here the rapist, the violent boyfriend, the creepy molesting uncle he also beats his son unmercifully for failing to answer a math problem ,the abandoning dad, though they are also complemented by the not as often seen hostile and unsupportive mother and sister Katherine inhabits an excessively hostile, but believable world She also does a two panel slag on Phoenix at one point, that ll always get you on my good side My one pet peeve about this, which is not the doing of the author but rather the publisher, is the copy on the back which read something like In a realm usually reserved for superheroes comes a DIFFERENT story about a DIFFERENT KIND OF HERO Come on Crumb gets gallery retrospectives, NY Times and Publisher s Weekly devote ink to reviewing independent graphic novels, Scott Pilgrim is a juggernaut, and you re still acting like it s some grand novelty for there to be a comic about something other than guys in capes Sell the book on it s many strengths It certainly can be done Don t try to make claim to some sort of novelty that simply hasn t existed in years


  6. says:

    This was a graphic novel that I liked I read another graphic novel that did not impress me, so I was expecting a similar experience However, I was pleasantly surprised with this book The story deals with a 17 year old single mom who has no support from her family Everyone tells her that she made her bed so she would have to lie it, but she does not stop there Her dream is to go to college, so she works in a factory and as a waitress so that she can save enough money to go to school.After sh This was a graphic novel that I liked I read another graphic novel that did not impress me, so I was expecting a similar experience However, I was pleasantly surprised with this book The story deals with a 17 year old single mom who has no support from her family Everyone tells her that she made her bed so she would have to lie it, but she does not stop there Her dream is to go to college, so she works in a factory and as a waitress so that she can save enough money to go to school.After she works hard for a long time, she gets taken advantage of again and must start all over from the beginning But she never gives up This is a hopeful story that is also meant to help teen moms In the author s note at the beginning, Katherine Arnoldi explains, My purpose was to help single moms feel worthy to pursue their rights to an equal access to education and provide them with the information to do so, since young moms often miss out on high school guidance counseling I am not a teen mom, and I don t know how that feels, but from reading this book, I would say that Arnoldi s purpose would be effective for a young woman in that situation It gives worth to teenage single mothers and shows them that they don t have to give up They can continue to dream, and they can reach their dreams The story is told in a pretty general way, without many details, but it is still powerful nonetheless


  7. says:

    This is a great little graphic novel that did not surprise me at all, but was still an inspirational story It s a great book to give to the young women that are struggling with being a mom and still wanting to be able to have a life beyond being a mom Would have been great to know about for the TEEN Program


  8. says:

    the story of a woman who becomes a mother at 17 and struggles to grow up the way she meant to nice and inspirational, especially for single mums who want to go to college but don t know where to begin i did not particularly care for the artwork i know that s not the whole point, but umi didn t.


  9. says:

    An amazing graphic novel about a young woman 17 who works in a factory and waits tables to support herself and her young daughter She exposes hazardous health conditions in a factory, heads west with what turns out to be an abusive partner, leaves him, travels back east to Denver and puts herself through college.This memoir, told through a graphic novel, is heart wrenching and inspiring.


  10. says:

    Why do all of these bad things happen to me was a question Katherine Arnoldi kept asking herself She had a difficult childhood living with extended family who didn t really want her and an abusive male relative who physically and sexually abused her and possibly other family members She was raped by a stranger who gave her a ride, and became pregnant The only thing about her life at seventeen that wasn t awful was her baby, Stacie Although people made it seem like her life was over once s Why do all of these bad things happen to me was a question Katherine Arnoldi kept asking herself She had a difficult childhood living with extended family who didn t really want her and an abusive male relative who physically and sexually abused her and possibly other family members She was raped by a stranger who gave her a ride, and became pregnant The only thing about her life at seventeen that wasn t awful was her baby, Stacie Although people made it seem like her life was over once she became a single, teenage mom, Katherine still had dreams She wantedthan anything to go to college and becomewell, she wasn t sure what, but she wanted the chance to figure it out just like other teenagers Instead she had to work at various jobs to be able to afford to pay for basic needs When she d saved some money, she moved to Arizona with her then boyfriend He turned out to be a monster just like most of the other men in her life Despite having to start over again, Katherine, got herself and Stacie out of that situation as quickly as possible hitchhiking to Denver, staying with a friend, finding a new job, and eventually applying to and attending college Things finally started looking up for her Katherine made this graphic novel, which tells her own story, to help empower other teen moms and educate them about how they, too, can make better lives for themselves life does NOT end when you become pregnant, or a teen mom She wants them to know that they have options and college and financial aid is among them At times her story is sad because of all of the bad things that happened to her many of which she had no control over , but ultimately it is empowering


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