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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
There are some intense themes of abandonment and instances of prostitution, but overall the themes mainly speak to love and strong bonds between friends.
Violence & Scariness
A boy dies in a forest fire, a mother kills herself by jumping into the sea, and a father dies after a long illness in a hospital.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A girl exchanges sex for money to afford luxurious clothing and convinces her friend to try it once. The encounter is briefly described. There are some instances of teens making out.
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Products & Purchases
There are some high-end designer names mentioned, mostly Japanese brands, that are essential to Japanese Gothic Lolita style.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a dark novel dealing with themes of abandonment, deaths of loved ones -- both through natural causes and tragedy -- and some sexual situations. The "Gothic Lolita" style of dress originated in Japan and is very different than the western style of Goth. Parents may want to do a little research on the style and culture to understand the novel a bit better.
Is It Any Good?
This book may appeal more to teens who are into the "Gothic Lolita" style and culture than those who just happen upon this book. While it has some universal themes of love and the human connection, the author tries too hard to make a simple plot complex.
Author Dakota Lane uses poetic prose as a base on which she tries to weave darkness, mystery, and mythical connections into a gripping story that ultimately falls flat. The novel is earnest in its attempt to be deep, but never really achieves more than a superficial layer of mystery. Without the mystery or mystical connection, the novel plods along as heavy and overwrought as the crinoline skirts the fashion-obsessed teens wear.
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