Fix

Common Sense Media says

Plastic surgery book gets readers thinking about body image.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Readers will learn about some plastic surgery procedures -- including statistics and side effects. The author brings up lots of issues about beauty, body image, and surgery but leaves it up to her readers to come to their own conclusions, just as her characters do. This could lead teens to some spirited discussions.

Positive messages

The characters face the pressures that society puts on women to be beautiful -- and come up with different solutions. Readers may not agree with everyone's choices, but they will understand them -- and appreciate that the author doesn't judge her characters. 

Positive role models

Readers may not always agree with the protagonists' decisions, but they will appreciate that they make their own choices.

Violence

Some of the surgical procedures are described in detail.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

Passing references to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Hummer, Entertainment Weekly, and other magazines.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Cameron and her friends get drunk at a pool party.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this book deals with teen plastic surgery, including one character's breast augmentation. Some procedures -- and side effects -- are detailed. The author brings up lots of issues about beauty, body image, and surgery but leaves it up to her readers to come to their own conclusions, just as her characters do.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

FIX follows two sisters who are both considering plastic surgery. Overachieving Cameron, who became popular after a nose job, now wants breast implants. Meanwhile, Allie, a down-to-earth soccer player, isn't sure she wants the nose job that everyone is insisting will make her beautiful.

Is it any good?

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Sure, it's fiction, but Fix is really less of a novel and more of a book to get readers thinking about teen plastic surgery. There are statistics about procedures and descriptions of side effects, and pretty much every female character in the story has gotten -- or is about to get -- something worked on.

Readers will appreciate that the author doesn't judge her characters. She knows that girls are often in a tough spot because of societal pressures -- Cameron's junior high school life really was hell, and her nose was a (pardon the pun) big reason why. It's easy to understand both characters' obsession with beauty and their sometimes painful decisions to change their looks. The writing isn't always elegant, but the topics raised in Fix can help parents talk to their daughters about a range of body image issues.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the two sisters in the book. How are they different? Who do you relate to more? Parents also can use this book as a way to talk about beauty standards and body image.

  • Young adult authors often take on trendy/timely topics, such as teen prescription drug use or gossip on social media sites. Are these books helpful, or do they just make teen problems seems glamorous -- and more common than they actually are?

Book details

Author:Leslie Margolis
Genre:Coming of Age
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Simon Pulse
Publication date:November 29, 2006
Number of pages:256
Read aloud:14
Read alone:14

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Parent of a 3 year old Written bydiaz_15 May 28, 2009
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Teen, 13 years old Written bycold_rain_runner1996 November 15, 2009
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perfect for teenagers, not for 12 or under... :)

i loved this book. its at my school library (6th to 8th grade).. i didn't think anything was bad about it.... i mean, i'm 13 almost 14 and i think its okay for people 12- 13+.... or mature late 12.. MAYBE... NOT for people 12 or under though... they might not "understand" some of the topics
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