A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this book does include one teen drinking scene that ends when Carly walks in on her sister in bed with an older boy. There is some swearing, and outspoken Carly also talks about breasts, thongs, etc.
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What's the story?
Carly thrives on being an individual -- and protecting her younger sister. But when pretty Anna joins her at her exclusive private high school, they begin drifting apart. Carly even finds herself feeling jealous about her sister's looks -- including her developing body, which attracts a lot of attention.
Is it any good?
The relationship at the center of this book is well-drawn. Readers will easily relate to Carly, who wants to support and protect her little sister -- but is still jealous of the attention she gets (from their parents, her friends, and later from her crush).
The symbolism can be a bit over-the-top at times (consider the accidental drowning death of the misfit baby duckling the girls adopt, for example). In the end, however, the realistically flawed main characters -- and their struggle to love one another -- will win readers over.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the comments Carly's mother makes about Anna's changing body. Carly stands up for her sister when her mother hints that she is fat, but her mother continues to make comments. Do you think a lot of teens feel body image pressure from their parents?
Why is that?
How can we work to change that?
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