Parents' Guide to

Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty

By Stephanie Dunnewind, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sweet core, despite drugs and sex references.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

no literary value

This book is full of everything we try so hard to keep our students out of!

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 15+

Not for me and not for middle schoolers

Not for middle schoolers. Very mature themes -- or actually immature themes -- of partying, casual sex, fighting, etc. This is one we won't buy for our middle school library.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (3):

The book's Sonoma Valley estate setting and casual references to blow jobs and thizzing might lead some to think this is Gossip Girl, California-style. Wrapped in a sometimes raunchy exterior, though, is a sweet core, grounded by its authentic first-person narrator. Even its resident bad-girl, Amber, turns out to have an innocent secret.

Geena is smart, funny, and not afraid to flip off boys who hassle her while she is skateboarding. She avoids "indulging in normal teen activities, like drinking beer, smoking bud, and having sloppy sex in parking lots." She explores the line between feeling sexy on her own terms and feeling exploited by boys. A kiss is still romantic. While the handsome villain -- and his comeuppance -- are a bit over the top, teens will enjoy the grrl power ending.

Book Details

  • Author: Jody Gehrman
  • Genre: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Dial Books
  • Publication date: April 17, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 17
  • Number of pages: 255
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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