I read this book when i was 14 and i was appalled at first. but i read it again this year and i am now 16. only a two year difference but i understand so much more in the book now. i understand how people can think in ways like that. im still in high school, and im surrounded by a lot of things which are in this book. ive had friends that cut, tried to kill them, question their sexual preferences, been raped, you name it. i think that it is important to read this book because it is the raw truth and usually parents try to shelter their kids from that. but its important to know whats out there and be aware to stay away or how to handle it if it enters your life. with ellen hopkin's writing, it actually feels like youre the character somehow. its incredible. whats so great about it is that that way you can experience it in a safe way. so you can get the feelings but with out it actually happening. it really educates you on the different types of disorders and mental issues that are out there. its extremely important to know about these because theyre everywhere and just because you dont know about them doesnt mean they wont show up. i have a brother with bi polar disorder, and reading the book i was actually glad that it showed up, showing that its out there.
its hard to think that this book may actually have a POSITIVE message. but it actually does. it opens up the world of troubled teens. if your kid is going to high school or in high school theyll be facing this some way or another. but its about not rejecting the people that are going through these troubles and to help them in any way you can. not to encourage it but support them in the right direction.
true, yes there is much talked about sex. but that is another thing high schoo-lers are faced with. not necessarily that you high school-er themself are going around having sex but maybe their friends are or others that they know. but its a very common thing and should be learned how to deal with it.
language is definitely used very frequently throughout this book. again, going through high school this will be a common thing. it will be just about the same as any day at school. im not encouraging it, but im saying at this age we kind of have to be used to hearing around us. i just tend to block it out now. but because ellen hopkin uses it, it does make it more realistic
all in all its still the parents decision i suppose whether or not their kid can read this. another factor is how mature does your child act? would they be able to handle the things in this book. ive been told ever since i was 13 that i am extremely mature, so i could handle this at an earlier age so it all just depends