Peace, Love and Baby Ducks
By Kate Pavao,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Realistic portrayal of sisterly love keeps story afloat.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Carly sticks up for Anna when her mother makes comments about her weight, telling her, "Anna's not chubby. They're called breasts."
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Carly walks in on Anna and Cole in bed together, noting that "his lips are on hers and his hand is under her shirt."
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The author uses rough language here and there, like the s-word and slut. Also, lots of talk about Anna's developing body -- and everyone's reaction to it.
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Products & Purchases
Some casual references to Sephora, Urban Outfitters, YouTube, etc.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Carly's 14-year-old sister has a party when their parents go out of town. Kids drink to excess, including Anna.
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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?
- Author: Lauren Myracle
- Genre: Coming of Age
- Book type: Fiction
- Publication date: May 14, 2009
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
- Number of pages: 192
- Last updated: July 12, 2017
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