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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The students are privileged and indulgent. They engage in underage drinking, sex, and illegal drug use. They also experience repercussions for their actions and understand that what they do is wrong.
Violence & Scariness
A student dies and is found by other students -- the way she is found, how she died, and her body are described. A student remembers physical fights he's had with his sibling.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Chase has sex in a music practice room and almost has sex with a college girl while high on GHB. Talk about masturbation, sexual fantasies, and experiences, plus sexual banter and innuendo.
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Typical teen swearing, plus a few characters are heavy four-letter-word users. An African-American student uses the "N" word.
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Products & Purchases
The culture of the boarding school denotes immense wealth and privilege and brand names like Hermes, Dunhill, and OP were used to illustrate.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
It seems the majority of the students at the boarding school drink, smoke, and try illegal drugs, with one student even being a dealer for prescription drugs snagged from the school nurse.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know this book deals with the death of a student, students having sex and using drugs, sibling rivalry, and romantic relationships. One student even deals drugs. This book has adult themes and situations that are common to the boarding school/clique series genres.
Is It Any Good?
MISS EDUCATED is a well-written novel about several characters navigating their way through life and boarding school on the East Coast. Parker Cole is a social outcast and marches to her own drummer, Chase Dobbs is a popular kid whose misbehaving and poor grades has him on thin ice both at school and at home. Parker and Chase get thrown together for a school project and develop a close bond. The book takes us through their second semester at Wellington as they both try to figure out where they belong and how they feel about each other.
The characters are well-developed and the dialogue is smart. The authors -- all three of them -- do a great job adding vulnerability to the characters. Unlike other books in this genre, Miss Educated does more than regurgitate stereotypes. Teens will love the Wellington students' camaraderie and will identify with likeable characters Chase and Parker. Parents will not enjoy the drug use or lavish displays of wealth and alcohol, but will find plenty of opportunities to discuss the consequences of the Wellington students' actions.
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