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He Said She Said

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Mature jock-valedictorian romance has social media factor.

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He Said She Said offers an interesting look at two sides of the lead characters' relationship dance. While Omar and Claudia first appear as stereotypical teen book characters, they evolve into complex souls who'll have readers caring about and rooting for them as the story develops. Author Kwame Alexander does a masterful job weaving in three essential characters -- Omar, Claudia, and social media, which now plays a supporting role in any convincing teen tale.

Tough topics -- the rise of teen sports stars on the national stage, the depressing state of education funding, teen sexual health, abortion, and the perception of teen apathy -- are part of the story, but leave enough unsaid that there's plenty of room for discussions between parents and their own teens. Poet Alexander's lyrical prose moves the story along at a nice pace.

Book Details

  • Author: Kwame Alexander
  • Genre: Romance
  • Topics: High School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: November 19, 2013
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: April 23, 2020

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