Miss Educated: An Upper Class Novel #2

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Boarding school novel with depth, drugs, and sex.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language

Typical teen swearing, plus a few characters are heavy four-letter-word users. An African-American student uses the "N" word.

Consumerism

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.

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.

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What's the story?

Parker and Chase have their own agendas for their second semester at Wellington. For Parker, her goal is to find a place to fit in, for Chase, it's to somehow manage to get his grades up and stay out of trouble. A crazy and horrible event transforms the lab partners into good friends. Maybe Wellington won't be so bad after all.

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about drug use, dealing with death, friendship, and how the main characters responded to peer pressure. What prevented Chase from being honest about his home situation? What ways can parents and teens communicate in order to have better relationships? They can also talk about sexual activity and how it affects some characters in the book.

Book details

Authors:Caroline Says, Hobson Brown, Taylor Materne
Genre:School
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HarperTeen
Publication date:August 27, 2007
Number of pages:288
Publisher's recommended age(s):12 - 14

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Teen, 16 years old Written byhiiiiiiiiiluver August 15, 2010
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Deff 16+

Good but too akward for me.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written bystarryblue March 6, 2010
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What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written bysk8rchick1021 December 27, 2008
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This book is sooo great; i don't let my friends touch it!

this book is awsome! i love the whole series. it makes me feel like im right there at their boarding school with them. the writer did an exellent job creating feelings through out the book

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