Parents' Guide to

Places No One Knows

By Bess Maher, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dark romantic fantasy traces opposites' self-discovery.

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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Really Good Book Not Necessarily For Older Kids

I trusted my 11 year old to read it and tell me what she thought, so when she did she told me it was an ok book (she has experience with books like these) and so I read it and thought as long as you don’t mind just a couple kisses the book is actually really good.

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This lyrical contemporary young adult romance has a unique premise and an intriguing touch of fantasy. Waverly is a refreshing female protagonist whose intelligence and sense of irony make the chapters written from her point of view engaging, while Marshall's chapters are filled with poetic language ("Most of the time, I'm starving"; "Without a cigarette there, reminding me to breathe, it's hard to get enough air") and reflect a depth of feeling.

Both teens exhibit dysfunctional behavior: Marshall with his abuse, and Waverly with her perfectionism (for example, running until her feat throb and bleed with pain). As they get to know each other better, Marshall likes the way he's allowed to be a better person with Waverly, and his substance abuse tapers off. For her part, Waverly's nights with Marshall wake her up to the idea that she doesn't need to be perfect to be liked, and he encourages her to get in touch with her emotional side.

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