In Growing Up Fast, Joanna Lipper profiles
six teenaged mothers living in Pittsfield, Mass, at the turn of the 21st century.
Lipper met the young women while filming a documentary about Pittsfield's
Teen Parent Program. The book weaves a fascinating story of young women in
a small, economically depressed New England town that contends with family
and relationship violence, child abuse, school failure, and substance abuse.
Despite this backdrop, Lipper accentuates the strengths and resiliency of
these remarkable young women. The book is uplifting and leaves the reader
with the sense that most will succeed in life.
Alderman EM. Teen Mothers. JAMA. 2004;292(1):108. doi:10.1001/jama.292.1.108-a