Parents' Guide to

1984

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Classic dystopian novel about life under constant scrutiny.

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age 15+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 17+

Theme of Sexual Freedom

As a high school English teacher, I would not recommend this book to kids. I cannot imagine teaching it in the classroom. It is an excellent dystopian novel with connections to the modern day and deep themes; however, the sexual content is continuous and explicit, discussing pleasure and how naked bodies look. The main character lusts after a woman, and about halfway through the book it becomes seriously depressing. This will affect kids differently, having a major impact on those already struggling with depression and anxiety. I wouldn’t let my daughters read it.
age 16+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (76 ):

Narrated with infinite precision, 1984 is one of the most famous dystopian satires in the English language. Its vocabulary -- "doublethink," "Big Brother," "down the Memory Hole," "Thought Police," "unperson" -- has become part of popular culture. Winston Smith's quest for freedom under the gaze of all-seeing, all-knowing Big Brother still resonates strongly today, when privacy is hard to come by and governments adopt intrusive policies, supposedly to keep their citizens safe.

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