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Pretty Dead

By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Pretty graphic and explicit for a teen vampire read.

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PRETTY DEAD has been praised for its prose, mythology, and erotic power -- but graphic, psychopathic violence and graphic, adult sex in a teen book? Fans of Block’s sexy urban fairy tales will not expect this complex and decadent novel and it may mislead them with its traditional vampire storyline and sympathy for the difficulties teen girls face.

Book Details

  • Author: Francesca Lia Block
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: September 22, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Last updated: March 4, 2020

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