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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The focus is on loving family members despite their mistakes, forgiving one another for past failings, and learning how to communicate better.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A family discusses how a parent was upset that a woman was having a child outside of marriage.
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A mother threatens her kids often, but it's understood that they are empty threats.
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Products & Purchases
Few references to products including one mention of Coke and talks about Elvis.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there isn't anything objectionable here. There's discussion of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and possible divorce, however the majority of the book deals with the complicated relationships that occur between family members. This is a good novel for families dealing with a major shift in female relationship dynamics.
Is It Any Good?
In LOVE ME TENDER author Audrey Couloumbis navigates the highs and lows of family life with witty banter and all the tenderness the title suggests. There are several types of relationships explored throughout the book: mother/daughter, sisterly, and spousal. The author uses the characters to portray the type of honesty that occurs when there are tough times in a family and everyone is tired of being polite.
Even though the novel is a great exploration of family, tweens may not be interested in a book so focused on feelings -- it even finishes like a romance novel: tidy and too abrupt. And strangely, one of the major sources of angst in the story ends with a few kind words and a sigh. Still, parents will enjoy the positive messages of unity and forgiveness and kids will identify with the emotions and inner conflict of 13-year-old Elvira.
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