Book review by Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Gritty book about suicide survivors told in free verse.

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 102 reviews

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age 15+

A good book - but maybe not for kids.

Ellen Hopkins is a great author, and this may be her best book. Unfortunately, the subject matter is not entirely appropriate for anyone under 15, and is iffy for anyone 15-18. Although it can be comforting for depressed teenagers to read a book that they can relate to, the details in this book can trigger dangerous behavior and make things worse. I would strongly recommend that a parent read this book before their child does.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 14+

Powerful Novel Great For Teens

This book is beautifully written and touches important issues that need to be addressed with teens, especially in light of recent teen suicides across North America. The book does have questionable language, some sexual content, and drug use. Some teens may not be able to handle it, so read it before they do if you think it could be an issue. I strongly suggest this read.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Book Details

  • Author: Ellen Hopkins
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: January 23, 2007
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 14
  • Number of pages: 672
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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