All member reviews for Better Nate Than Ever

Common Sense Media says

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

Users say

(out of 4 reviews)
age 11+
 
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Teen, 17 years old Written byMashenka July 20, 2013
 

Better Nate Than Ever

Very surprised at the language used in this book targeted for relatively young kids. There isn't heavy swearing but putting so many slurs in a book marketed for the 9-13 set was a little surprising. There are (very) minimal references to other adult-esque topics but other than that, it is a funny, quality read with a great story.
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Too much swearing
Kid, 9 years old March 3, 2014
 

Listen, this book is amazing, but inappropriate for younger kids.

This book contains great characters and messages, but the content makes this book iffy. At his school, Nate Foster gets bullied for being assumed to be gay and interested in other boys. There is TONS, and TONS of consumerism, and there is talk about bathroom jokes and includes VERY strong language (including some gay slurs). There is also talk of people drinking and being drunk, and one person, Libby (Nate's best friend), is kind of bad because she sneaks in reading a PlayGirl magazine. On a good note, this book had a protagonist that gave a message about following your dreams, but he also slipped away into New York without his parent's premission. Parents, this is a wonderful book, but please read it first before your kids read it!
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educator and Parent Written byamycoko July 21, 2014
 

Inappropriate

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.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 11 years old February 8, 2015
 
I thought that this book was really good. As a theater fan myself, I loved hearing about Broadway auditions in this book as well as the sequel; Five, Six, Seven, Nate! I enjoyed Nate's perspective. There were a few moments that might be inappropriate for some kids under 11, but nothing too weird. This is a must-read!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models