Parents' Guide to

Great Expectations

By Kenneth Butler, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fast-paced, moving Dickens classic of reversed fortune.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

My kids could not understand

18 plus

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Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+


The book SUCKS! I got bored to death on chapter 7 for goodness sake. It has way too much useless detail and is not engaging.

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (16):

Although many of the characters in this story are stereotypes, this makes them no less effective in telling the story. Charles Dickens is universally regarded as one of the greatest novelists who ever wrote in the English language, if not any language, and Great Expectations is considered, along with Bleak House, to be his best. Many of the characters are typical Dickens: quick sketches with colorfully descriptive names, representing a particular position and/or attitude. The adult characters include Magwitch, the terrifying escaped criminal who sets Pip's adventures in motion, the insane Miss Havisham, the greedy Pumblechook, and the complex and contradictory Wemmick -- in other words, a credible cross-section of adult personalities.

Nineteenth-century literature, with its demanding vocabulary and old-fashioned assumptions and manners, is not everyone's cup of tea, and this includes young readers. But it continues, over a century later, to win new fans who fall in love with the book at a young age. Like all of the author's work, the story is a fast-paced adventure with a compelling hero.

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