A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Protagonists Marco and Celia want to be together, but they also want their friends to be happy and their legacy to live on.
Positive Role Models
A supporting character chooses to follow his dreams and eventually becomes the savior of the circus.
Violence & Scariness
A supporting character steps in front of a train, and another is accidentally stabbed to death. Neither death is depicted in detail.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The two protagonists flirt lightly and eventually become lovers, but there is no depiction of sexual activity.
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There is one instance of the f-word. Otherwise, there is no swearing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fantasy novel depicts a circus where two young illusionists compete in some barely understood challenge. Some readers might find the plot slow, while many others will be impressed with how the author builds and maintains an air of suspense and romantic mystery. Also, there is one "f--k" and two deaths, which are not graphically depicted.
Is It Any Good?
THE NIGHT CIRCUS is a rich, dreamy tale of theatrical enchantment and thwarted love. Erin Morgenstern writes with grace and flair and walks the fine line between the lyrical and the precious. After a while, the nebulous nature of the illusionists' challenge puts a drag on the narrative, but all the elements come together beautifully at the book's climax. The Night Circus is reminiscent of the best of Ray Bradbury, though without his darkest edge.
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