Real Friends

Book review by Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Painfully honest, hopeful memoir of coping with frenemies.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 24 reviews

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age 2+

Worst book ever

Worst book ever. Save your money and buy your kid an ice cream. Don’t support a child abuser

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age 13+


Everyone in this book has issues and everyone is abusive. It is normalizing abusing and it’s really badly written. Some boys force some girls to kiss them and the sister hits her own sister. The main character has crippling depression and wants to kill herself. Her friend group is awful and toxic and her mom doesn’t help her or give a therapist. It says stuff like “mY mOM’S bOyFrIeND” and it’s really messed up. It shows that being divorced is fun (it’s not) and more awful things.

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Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love graphic novels and friendship stories

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