A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows the lure of a social network obsessed with fame, greed, and involved with excessive substance use.
Beware of what big businesses do to keep teens distracted with desire for fame and material goods.
Violence & Scariness
Both Taj and Nick are hurt in "accidents" meant to scare them.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's a special backroom ritual at TAP parties that -- while described vaguely -- seems like an orgy.
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Some swearing, including "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Some mention of Red Bull, Palm Treos, Nike, Mel's Diner, In-N-Out Burger. TAP members are encouraged to make wish lists of expensive products -- though careful readers will see the dark side of this greed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink -- and even shoot up with -- TAP, a mysterious substance that was "like taking heroin, ecstasy, and acid all at once."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Angels on Sunset Boulevard centers on a fictional social networking website. TAP.com organizers also throw parties where teens drink a mysterious substance that is described as "like taking heroin, ecstasy, and acid all at once" -- after which some teens disappear. Some attendees also perform a strange orgy-like ritual in the back room. TAP members are encouraged to keep wish lists on the website of expensive products, which are somehow fulfilled -- careful readers will see the dark side of this greed. This is a mature book, and features plenty of strong language, including "f--k."
Is It Any Good?
This book delivers enough excitement to hook readers -- a missing rock star, an unexpected romance between two very different characters, for starters. And of course, at its heart, there's the mysterious social networking site designed to keep kids striving for fame and material goods. The writing might not always live up to the author's creative ideas, but teen readers will certainly feel the wheels spinning in their brains. Not only will readers try to figure out what TAP is all about, they will puzzle over bigger questions, such as why teens today are so fascinated by fame -- and what tricks big businesses use to keep teens distracted with desire so that "they don't see what's really out there."
In the end, Angels on Sunset Boulevard manages to be both glossy fun and a philosophical puzzle. Readers won't figure out all of TAP's mysteries by the end, but they are sure to be thinking about its implications long after they've finished reading.
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