More Than This

Book review by Joanna H. Kraus, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Gripping story of a teen who confronts his own private hell.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 12+

There isn't a sex scene

As with all books written by the wonderful and highly skilled Patrick Ness, all adult themes within this book are handled with maturity. Please don't stop your kids from reading this book because the site says there's a sex scene here- there isn't. Sex between two people is mentioned, but I don't think that's going to traumatize any child over the age 12, and the swearing is pretty well spread out. Also, your child almost definitely hears worse in school (I have yet to meet anyone who swears quite as skillfully and as often as my thirteen year-old self and his friends).

This title has:

Great messages
age 14+

Immediately engaging - but sexually graphic in parts

This book has an intense beginning that makes it quite gripping and has a feel very much like the movie, The Matrix. Overall, my son and I liked the book and characters, but it is not appropriate for young kids or tweens due to some sexually explicit scenes between two male characters - much more explicit than one would expect in a book being targeted to a general teen audience.

This title has:

Too much sex

Book Details

  • Author: Patrick Ness
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: September 10, 2013
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 472
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love science fiction and dystopian novels

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