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By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Beautiful fantasy about girl's quest for safety, power.

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Beautiful, literary language combined with an unflinching commentary on society's ills make this book very intriguing, most suitable for mature, strong readers. In Bitter, author Akwaeke Emezi takes on a pressing question: What happens to young people when they feel the weight of the world on their shoulders, the responsibility to solve adult problems? The kids here take one of two paths, escapism and activism, and each one has its costs. For the reader who is already anxious about such questions, this book might be reassuring.

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