A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Offers an opportunity to discuss witchcraft through the ages.
Sometimes it is best not to meddle with forces you don't understand. Friendship can provide protection in scary times.
Positive Role Models
Curious, brave, and compassionate, Ivy wants to know the truth about herself and her family. She's protective of her friends and family, to the point of putting herself in danger.
At least one character is a lesbian. There's little discussion of race or gender. The main characters read as White.
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Violence & Scariness
Scary but not graphic in its depiction of the occult. Sensitive readers may not like the sacrifice of some rabbits.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Ivy and Billy are attracted to each other and kiss passionately. No descriptions of other intimacies. The story opens with Ivy witnessing a near-collision between her boyfriend's car and a naked young woman in the middle of the road.
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"Hell" and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
A scene is set at a 7-Eleven convenience store.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Ivy's boyfriend drives drunk in the first scene. Ivy uses a fake ID to buy alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Our Crooked Hearts is a modern-day tale of witchcraft by Melissa Albert, author of The Hazel Wood. Seventeen-year-old Ivy meddles with the occult and endangers herself, her family, and friends. There's a dash of discreet romance and some kissing. Strong language is limited to "hell" and "damn." There's some underage drinking, and it's scary but not graphic in its depiction of the occult. Sensitive readers may not like the sacrifice of some rabbits.
Is It Any Good?
This modern-day tale of witchcraft casts a powerful narrative spell. Author Melissa Albert explores the mysteries of mother-daughter relationships with sensitivity and insight. Suspenseful, spooky, and well-plotted, Our Crooked Hearts has wide appeal for young horror fans.
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