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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
All My Friends addresses issues of creativity, inspiration, friendship, and procrastination. It offers opportunities to discuss dating and developing new interests.
High school is a time for exploring your identity. Artists make many mistakes before they discover their personal style. It's good to have advice from parents when dealing with legal issues.
Positive Role Models
Bina is interested in music, but she's very insecure about her abilities, although she's gaining confidence. She feels an attraction toward her best friend, Austin, but doesn't know what to do about it. She's easily hurt but has compassion for others.
The cast is very diverse in terms of race, gender, and sexuality. Bina's mother is Latina, her father White. Characters seem to socialize without regard to race, and Bina's band attracts teens of all types.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Bina is interested in dating a friend, but isn't sure how to proceed. The two hold hands and kiss gently.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that All My Friends: Eagle Rock, Book 3 is the conclusion of the trilogy begun in All Summer Long. Author-illustrator Hope Larson captures the excitement of live musical performance and the drama that can occur in a high school rock band. The story focuses on the challenges of being a solo artist or being a part of a rock trio. There's no violence or strong language. Fourteen-year-old Bina and her best friend Austin start dating -- holding hands and kissing gently. Bina is biracial (Latina and White), and the supporting cast is very diverse.
Is It Any Good?
Mastery of an art form doesn't happen overnight, and this rockin' graphic novel showcases one teen's love of the guitar. All My Friends, written and illustrated by Hope Larson, brings together all the storylines from the previous two volumes and resolves them with humor and heart. The relationships between parents and kids ring true, as do the manuevers of L.A.'s musical in-crowd. Bina is an immensely likeable main character -- determined but a little dramatic at times. The supporting cast is full of relateable teens eager for the next big thing. Longtime readers will be satisfied by the ending, and there's no reason why further volumes couldn't be in the offing. Recommended for anyone who's wanted to play in a band or simply enjoys music.
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