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17 Sai no Mama  
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Description
These are stories that deal with being an underage mother and how the characters dealt with the situation.

by Forbidden Garden:
a series of oneshots:

We are merely 17 years old and in love. And then I suddenly got pregnant, although he proposed to me straight away, my parents were against this, but I don't want to get an abortion, I want to be a mommy. No one can help us... which path is there for us to take?

Little Life Growing Inside - Falling in love, and then getting pregnant, is that a sin? Just because we're still in high school?

Spanning the Lost Life - Getting an abortion during the age of 15, and then being betrayed by the lover. I won't love anyone ever again, definitely...

I Will Become a Strong Mother - I'm a single mother, I have a crush on someone, is having this type of feeling a burden?

Believing the Feelings of Love

Type
Manga

Related Series

Associated Names
17 Year Old Mama
17岁的妈妈
17歳のママ

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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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N/A

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User Rating
Average: 6.6 / 10.0 (34 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.85 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 13th 2013, 7:00pm PST


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Year
2005

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Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #849 increased(+367)
Monthly Pos #2271 increased(+150)
3 Month Pos #3199 increased(+804)
6 Month Pos #4399 increased(+668)

List Stats
On 200 reading lists
On 142 wish lists
On 68 completed lists
On 23 unfinished lists
On 56 custom lists

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Sin but... Don't judge or else you'll be judged.   
Rating: N/A
by Tiny Lady Yume
February 20th, 2012, 9:53pm
I also felt quite a bit puzzled after reading this manga. Well, I'm glad that there are mangas dealing with difficult, realistic, true to life or tragedic stories, although being 27, I still enjoy some relaxing rosy shoujo or light josei stories out there... You could say it's almost like Harlequin, you know, when you come home from work and you have to learn for the uni exams, you aren't really in mood to read something super complicated after that...
When I found this, I was going to give it a try, although already the fact that it was marked shoujo and at the same time mature/adult surprised me. Well, I got through that since I read Deep Love... As I was reading, I was shocked at the serious issues, discussed in this manga, if I read this when I was 16, I wouldn't understand a xxxx that was going on (lucky me for being educated but kept innocent all my adolescence). However, I can understand the heroines and their problems, worries, feelings, yes, they were stupid enough to get into their situations but also, I agree that as long as there is the slightest chance and possibility, a girl/woman should try to have their baby because it is true that abortion leaves deep psychological scars that will very probably never heal and also a high risk that the girl can't have a baby in the future (not all are as lucky as the heroine in the 3rd story)... I definitely don't agree that having a baby at such a young age is a good thing but there is always a chance it might work...The chances are rare but I actually admire and support the couple once they decide to try it out and above all, the parents, who are willing to help and stand by their children. For example, in my country during the communist era, it wasn't rare for 18 - 19 years old girls already being married and having babies when finishing high school... Also, Japanese people are educated a bit differently and it might be one of the cultural things that they simply decide to try it out as the boys/men are taking responsibilities, too. There are enough centers for young, single moms in need even here who need support rather than scolding and judgement... Still, of course, it's always better to prevent things than solving the consequences... Therefore, I view this manga as very educational, definitely not the typical shoujo, it's not something I would just give young girls to read but it's a good example of where can irresponsibility lead, to what worries and alienation from the regular life.
Though I wonder, what is happening to the society? Why are there more and more mature, adult, smut stories for the underage kids? I mean, there are so many topics to write about and josei is such an open field for reality and all the previously mentioned things, I don't think that they have place there in the literature for kids... I know I can't judge kids as to how I was back in that age but I'm not old and sometimes the titles "supposed to be" for kids horrify me and half of the titles I read are just about ok to me now (that said I'm a person who's far away from thinking manga is either Pokemon or porn). Nevermind, maybe I'm just meant to be an outsider.
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sin   
Rating: N/A
by miyukicheerful
March 23rd, 2011, 4:15am
you know, based on the preview, I would like to say, HIGH-SCHOOL AND PREGNANT IS A SIN?! Y-E-S IT IS A BIG SIN!!
UNFORGETFUL SIN.
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Agree with previous review   
Rating: N/A
by xiguo
January 3rd, 2011, 2:14am
I agree with the previous comment. I was actually appalled after reading this manga. It does try to depict some realistic aspects of teenage parenthood, such as struggles with money and high stress, but the fact that every story ends with a happy ending is highly unrealistic. Almost every girl in these stories neglects birth control, quits school, marries their boyfriend (or some other knight in shining armor who comes along later), and live happily ever after as a family with the child and boyfriend/husband. To teenage readers it seems to send the message that all a girl needs to be happy is a husband and kid. Moreover, it portrays abortions negatively, and not a single girl in these stories makes the choice to have an abortion and continue their education/career. It's quite disappointing...
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Complete fail   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Akeryll
April 15th, 2010, 4:04pm
I just can't understand the point of this manga. It's just about annoying and careless girls getting pregnant, no talk about birth control, and even worse all the happy endings. For sure having to choice between abortion or raising a child at such an early age must be really difficult, but I don't think this manga shows it at all. God bless us if young girls think that after deciding that they'll have a child everything will go smothly and they'll live happily forever after with the guy they had it with.
In sum, it looks like an apology of how bad it is to get an abortion, and how nice and happy is gonna be your life after the birth of the baby. It lacks many facts: at such a young age romances are strong and passionate but don't last long, doesn't show how hard is going to be their life after giving birth, no hints about birth control, no second thoughts about leaving their studies (it's having the baby and stop studying or nothing), ah, and the looks like the only one who can raise a finger to work...

Yeah, after reading this manga I feel like laying around without condoms and rising our population without giving it any though.

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The most annoying is the girl getting pregnant at a really young age, getting an abortion without wanting to do it, and after 2 years, still under age, getting a new boyfriend and pregnant again after the first time doing it... might be realistic... (there are plenty of stupid girls going around that do that) but I don't think it's a good thing to show to young girls with such a happy ending... because normally this situations bring anything but a happy ending


... Last updated on April 16th, 2010, 3:15pm
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Very Realistic   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Chira00
November 4th, 2008, 4:55pm
I agree these stories are very realistic. The choice once made is a choice made forever. No matter what choice is made, one will always have to live with that choice. The pain of giving a child up for adoption and always wondering how it is, is it happy, will I ever see it again and will it forgive me. The pain of abortion, what would it be like now, always remembering its birthdate, always dealing with the sense of loss and guilt of having to abort it willingly or not. In both cases, even if other children are born, you never forget that one is not with you anymore. Having the child and raising it, the trials and hard road ahead. Can you give it a good life? Can you make it happy? All new parents have these worries, but the younger the parents, the less accepted by society and the less the confidence. All choices in life are life long decisions and none are easy to make. Also, parents who have lost a child through miscarriage or death, all experience very similar feelings and emotions. All must live on and will never forget. God bless all parents in this world. No choice is easy and every choice is a life long challenge.
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Amazing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blueseeker
May 26th, 2008, 7:33am
Seriously a very unique and realistic story. I love how it shows that being an underage parent really has difficulties is not just a rosy life as we normally see at the end of other shoujo mangas. Although it seems to be a series of oneshots the stories do not feel incomplete in fact it truly does cover all aspects of parenthood. I hope a group picks it up for scantalations because is truly a great one.
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