Out of Darkness

Book review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
Out of Darkness Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 15+

Beautifully written look at racism and love in 1930s Texas.

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 18+

Based on 1 review

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Introduces topic of anal sex

“Take her out back, we boys figured, then hand on the t***ies, put it in her cornbox, put it in her cornhole, grab a hold of that braid, rub that calico," page 39 A quick Google search will inform your kids that “cornhole” means anus.

This title has:

Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+

Run Away!

Do not allow your child to read this book! It's NOT a Romeo/Juliet love affair about race division. This novel crosses some legal boundaries with the adult/child abuse and rape scenes. It is VERY detail, vivid, and graphic. It includes descriptive scenes of the main character being sexually abuse by her father. Years later, her pastor encourages her to marry her stepfather as a child. This book continues to get worse as it include graphic images of children violently harmed. Eventually, a bomb goes off at school and her little sister is killed- graphic descriptions of her body parts are all over. This novel is a canvas, showcasing child abuse. There isn't any healthy themes or solutions.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.

Book Details

Our Editors Recommend

  • The Diviners, Book 1 Poster Image

    The Diviners, Book 1

    Swell start to a spooky but fabulous Prohibition-set series.

    age 15+
  • Esperanza Rising Poster Image

    Esperanza Rising

    Historical fiction at its best in story of '30s farmworkers.

    age 10+
  • Salt to the Sea Poster Image

    Salt to the Sea

    Heartbreaking WWII novel shows power of hope, connection.

    age 13+

For kids who love history and stories of social injustice

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon picture of a sister and brother holding hands
    Brothers and Sisters
    See all
  • Cartoon hands high fiving
    Friendship
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of a high school letterman's jacket
    High School
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of a map and jug
    History
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate