Better Nate Than Ever

Book review by Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Terrific tale of misfit taking bold step to remake his life.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 12+


If your own review says "At the outset, Nate says his sexuality is undecided and off-topic. He sees two boys kiss in a dance club, and in a few scenes speaks admiringly of men's looks. Libby sneaks a look into Anthony's underwear drawer and makes him flex, shirtless. There are fleeting references to a father's affair with an exotic dancer, strippers, pole dancing, a woman in a catsuit with leather "boobs," and the Museum of Sex. A "male porno mag" found in a student's locker is mentioned." then this book is not "green" for 10-year-olds. That's more than I've seen in any of your reviews for even 12-year-olds.

This title has:

Too much sex
2 people found this helpful.
age 13+

A hilarious book. Don't let the Karens fool you.

Alright, I'm writing a review only because none of these are accurate/even trying. Yes, it is a book with LGBT themes (and 2 sequel books include this. Sorry not sorry, homophobes). There is use of language like crap, hell, damn, all of that cool stuff, so I disagree with the CSM age rating and think it should be higher. Nate's witty and charming narration is impossible to dislike. Plus, he actually speaks like a normal kid, not like a braindead zombie. Numerous brands are mentioned often, but kids nowadays are smart enough to understand that though not intentional, they should be aware of name-brand references. Nothing out of place though. To be honest, this book series is one of a kind and I strongly suggest that you at least skim through the book.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Too much swearing

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