Parents' Guide to

In Real Life

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fun graphic novel about gamers makes strong political point.

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age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Caught and kept my attention

The message of activism and organizing in the authors introduction wasvery unique for a YA GN. The themes in this book are quite sophisticated so early exposure to it can empower students to change their world and speak out. I did feel that more dialogue needed to be said or taught in the book, perhaps a prologue about the negative impacts on developing countries with regards to globalization. The main character sure had a lot of heart, Sarge has a mouth on her, and it was easy to dismiss her parents. Internet cafes still exist in this book- guess it’s possible.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing
age 15+


My daughter said the art was good. There was some violence. Lots of language for a library book brought home by a 6th grader. Disappointed

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

IN REAL LIFE is an exciting and heartfelt exploration of video-gaming and global economics that features a capable and caring protagonist. Both Anda and her online avatar are depicted as smart, competent, and ultimately kind. Jen Wang's dynamic layouts clearly convey the story and give momentum to the action scenes. Doctorow's plot emphasizes that collective action can lead to better working conditions and that the Internet can be a powerful tool for good.

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