A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
A teen lies about her age to get a license and a job.
Violence & Scariness
Drunken fighting referred to; a parent beats up a mean coach; animals are trapped, killed (including drowning), and skinned, and a dog accidentally caught in a trap loses a leg; a couple have a physical fight.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
An older, married man looks lustfully at a teen; a boy overhears a talk about where babies come from; mention of a period starting.
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A bit of moderate swearing ("assholes").
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Products & Purchases
Pop Tarts, Coke, Snickers.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and drunkenness mentioned; an adult smokes; mention of selling marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's a fairly gruesome scene of a dog caught in an animal trap. Also, there are references to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and sex, but no descriptions or discussion.
Is It Any Good?
Kimberly Willis Holt writes gentle little character-driven stories that lyrically convey the rhythms, pace, and quirks of life in the deep South. Like her other books, PART OF ME is a book that only a Southerner could write. It doesn't just describe what a visiting observer could see and hear -- every page is steeped in the languid and sultry cadences, the ancient traditions, and cultural eccentricities of the bayou.
The format -- related short stories crossing four generations -- means that the reader never establishes a deep connection to any one character. Rather, the connection is to a place and a way of life. With its leisurely pace and lack of action, this is not for every child. But for one who has the patience to wait to see what appears around the next bend in the bayou, it can reveal a world few outsiders get to see.
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