Friends Forever

Book review by Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Third graphic-novel memoir tackles tough issues with heart.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 13+

Warning - Sexual Approach by an adult

I can't speak to the whole book - we ended up with it through the library, but one of the scenes depicts a mall Santa groping one of the 13-year old girls and telling her "I want you so badly". I was blown away by this, I'm not sure what the correct age audience is, but certainly not elementary. The girl feels ashamed and icky, but doesn't tell anyone (so it's not really a teaching moment or anything).
age 11+

Middle School Follies Forever

Anyone trying to navigate eighth grade needs all the help they can get. This third installment of Shannon Hale's autobiographical graphic novels provides some help in the way of validating the difficulties in finding comfortable ground when friendship groups, media messaging, and one's own body are in constant change. Hale shares her personal struggles with all off these stresses and something we would probably now identify as clinical anxiety. There is no need for exaggerated dramas which pop up in a lot of contemporary fiction for tweens and teens. Being 15 is hard enough!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Book Details

Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love friendship tales and stories involving depression

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