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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
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.
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 & Scariness
Some of the surgical procedures are described in detail.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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