A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this book is about as innocent as Twilight, focusing heavily on romance (though fallen angel romance) without much more than kissing and passionate dreams. There is underage drinking and smoking and teachers who turn out to be evil.
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What's the story?
Seventeen-year-old Luce is sent to reform school after her boyfriend dies in a suspicious fire and she is blamed for his death. Being sent to new schools is nothing new to her after a lifetime of treatment and mediation for seeing "shadows," but the new school is the worst so far. At least until she crushes on a hot guy named Cam, and then falls under the spell of beautiful Daniel Grigori. Could Daniel be the love of her life? A new friend helps her spy on Daniel's past and although Daniel resists her advances at first, soon he is fighting Cam for her. Innocent students start dying, and Daniel admits that their love is not the only thing at stake. An epic battle ends the book and the true nature of many are revealed -- but enough new questions are raised to make readers anxious for the sequel.
Is it any good?
There are lots of plot twists and turns to keep the action from being too predictable, and enough romance to satisfy legions of teen readers longing for their own teen angels. Who knew fallen angels could be more charming than vampires?
There are so many similarities between FALLEN and Twilight in plot and characterizations, but Fallen has more strong friendships between likable girl characters, and that whole boarding school mystique going on. Luce is almost convinced that she really is mentally ill, although the shadowy beings who menace her seem so real -- and their origins are revealed in good time in a surprise twist.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the epic battle going on in and what theology the story borrows from. Do all religions believe in angels and the fallen angel story? Do all religions have a version of heaven and hell?
Luce was in therapy for "seeing" dark shadowy beings who threaten her. Why would doctors give her antipsychotic medications for that?
What makes the story of star-crossed lovers so appealing? What are your favorite love stories? Do they always end happily?
Disney is reportedly making this book into a movie. Who would you cast in the main roles? What parts of this nearly 500 page book would you cut to make it movie-length? What should be left in?
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