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Parents' Guide to

On the Road

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Poetic, ecstatic, debauched novel that changed literature.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

On the Road Book Review

In this book it it about a man and his friends traveling all around the United States and Mexico.I think the book is a great book for kids over 11 and up because when I read I didn't really understand it ,so I think that it would be hard for younger people.I would recommend this book because it teaches you a lot and hit has great messages.I put it has great messages because in the novel it says so many things that can inspire you.I don't think that it is a good role model because it says a lot of bad words and talking about sex.I put their was wasn't any violence because their wasn't any. And I put that their was to much sex because they would always talk about it but i don't know if that counts.I put to much swearing because they always would say bad words.But after all this was a great and intresting book.
age 18+

And then some

This book gets into a little cigarette and pot smoking ...and then some! It moves on to morphine and amphetamines. This book has a little sex in it...and then some! It goes into anal sex between guys and group sex on a couple of occasions.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Music and language, and the way Kerouac's writing grew from the sounds of jazz and be-bop, are even more important than the wild events in the novel. Kerouac's novel is an ecstatic literary masterpiece, in which nearly every sentence is worth reading over and over. This is a book that changed literary language, with rapid-fire phrases seeming to follow a syncopated musical rhythm. Yet, Kerouac's clarity is never given over for poetry; the author is ever a clear communicator even while he's accomplishing that rare feat of writing the way music sounds. but This novel glorifies drug and alcohol use, so it is not for immature readers. but for young adults with decent judgment and a love of language, On the Road is a must-read eye-opener.

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