Book review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Beautiful coming-of-age story about fandom and first love.

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 57 reviews

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age 18+

Inappropriate for teens

The description is accurate: sexual situations and foul language throughout. Very foul language. F*** G**D*** B**** Those aren't words I use. Ever. They aren't words I want to listen to - or read. Ever. They aren't words I want my children - of any age - listening to or reading. Ever. When a TV show or movie uses those words, I turn it off. When they are in snook, I'm done. I don't understand how a parent gives this book a thumbs up, let alone 2 thumbs up. Why do you want your child feeding their thoughts on someone's sexual adventures or reading curse words page after page? The review infers that the main characters not cursing and the fact that swear words aren't used in every conversation makes the extreme foul language palatable. My goodness, in the same line there's G**D*** and f***ing. This isn't just an unsavory sprinkling. I don't doubt that Ms Rowell is a talented writer. It's unfortunate she feels she needs to litter her art with these items. I know first hand that learning disabilities and crippling social anxiety exist without sex and cussing. Here's the real tragedy. The teens in that world are missing out on Ms. Rowell's gift. The teens who struggle with learning challenges and anxiety but who don't cuss and aren't sexually active aren't going to have the benefit of Ms. Rowell's genius. The ones who think this book is so amazing would not miss the cursing and sex scenes. Ms. Rowell could convey the challenges, the relationships, the victories without the inappropriate content. The reasons I don't want my children reading this book( the reasons my17-year-old would choose not to read this book) are not even vital to the essence of what makes this book resonate with readers. Ms. Rowell, you can do better. Give your readers hope in a way that causes them to want to respect themselves and to act in a manner worthy of respect. Use your gifts to elevate your readers, not in a condescending or haughty fashion but in a way that demonstrates they know they are worthy of love and respect.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
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age 12+

A Teen's Classic

The book is actually beautiful and many teens could feel related. I was caught up in the story wanting to know what happened next. Some kissing and stuff but nothing serious. I loved the lessons and relationships in the story, not only between couples, but sisters too. A must read!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

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Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love romance and coming-of-age stroies

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