A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Teaches a bit about environmentalism and capitalism, and how they are related.
Strong messages about honesty, facing fears, and being open to learn new things.
Positive Role Models
Jenna's heart is always in the right place, and when she sees that her brand of suburban environmentalism is shallow, she realizes she has a lot to learn about the different sides of the conservationism coin. She hangs in there as she tries to find common ground with her new peers. Ethan, Reeve, and Grady are responsible and hard-working teens. The teens work together with Jenna's godmother to help make the opening week of the new bed and breakfast a success.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
One instance of the phrase "do it," and some kissing.
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One use of "f--king." Fairly frequent use of "bitch" as a verb, and "bitchy" is often used to describe a particularly surly character.
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Products & Purchases
Some brands mentioned in passing: Pop Tart, Rock Band.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol at a party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book starts out touting pro-environmentalism ideals, which is then tempered with a message of balance. One character is gay, but he doesn't want his small town to know because he fears he will only be defined by his sexuality. There's a little kissing and one "f" bomb but not much else objectionable.
Is It Any Good?
Jenna's passion for her ideals makes her easy to relate to. The same goes when she thinks she has it all figured out but discovers otherwise. It's the kind of summer education we wish all lovably know-it-all teens had. She's also facing fears on a few fronts -- the fear of rock climbing and the emotional fear that if she takes her mother's phone calls she'll know for sure that her parents are separating.
Along with quite a bit of character growth are some quirky touches, like when Jenna finds an out-of-print outdoor manual in a used bookstore and realizes she can apply the author's straight-forward lessons to the people of Stillwater, not just the nature. It all adds a little more depth to what, at first glance, looks like a simple, fun summer read.
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