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By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Teens in rehab deal with addiction, other mature problems.

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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+


The imagery is disturbing when assigned to 15 year old's without context.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1):
Kids say (3):

The author creates a rather scripted ensemble of protagonists -- the rich girl, the Christian boy, etc. -- but there is still plenty for teen readers to ponder here. They can think about the factors that drive addiction, and even what it takes to forgive yourself after you've made mistakes. The book's format, which alternates among the five main protagonists, their group therapy sessions, personal essays, and questionnaires makes for a fast, if somewhat shallow, read. But even readers who find the narrative taking predictable turns will be touched by the book's hopeful messages about supporting friends in need -- and why everyone deserves good things in their life.

Book Details

  • Author: Amy Reed
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: July 19, 2011
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Last updated: July 14, 2015

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