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Better Nate Than Ever

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

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

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

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.
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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (4 ):

Tim Federle's first novel, BETTER NATE THAN EVER, is fresh and funny, a joyful story for anyone who's felt like a misfit (which is just about everyone). What sets Nate apart and targets him for ridicule in Jankburg, Pa., makes him stand out -- winningly -- at the auditions.

It's also a celebration of New York City, capturing the thrill of a first encounter with the city in all its craziness -- much like the rush teens feel when they enjoy a taste of real independence. Federle nails the voice of a witty 13-year-old with one foot firmly planted in childhood and the other tentatively toeing toward adulthood. Nate chatters excitedly, sometimes doubling back to fill in gaps even as he shares the latest developments. The energetic storytelling crackles with smart one-liners and quirks fans will embrace. Nate's a lovable hero for misfits and dreamers everywhere, and especially for young gay teens and kids who, like Nate, aren't ready to declare anything about their sexuality.

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