A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Roxy is filled with references to drug culture. It offers the opportunity to talk about addiction from many different perspectives.
Although they might have the best intentions, people who use drugs are playing a dangerous game.
Positive Role Models
Ivy is the wild child in her family, pushing boundaries that her older brother steers clear of. Isaac is the dutiful student whose life seems perfect until it begins to unravel.
Isaac and Ivy are presumed White. The demographics of the other characters are intentionally vague.
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Violence & Scariness
Self-inflicted harm. Isaac tries to smash his hand with a hammer while in withdrawal.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Isaac and Ivy have romantic partners and are presumed to have sex.
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Some swearing, but not an overwhelming amount for mature readers: "hell," "damn," "a--hole," "s--t," "f--k," each in about a half-dozen instances.
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Products & Purchases
Brand names of prescription drugs are used throughout.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking, drugs (including crystal meth, Oxycontin, and Adderall ), and smoking are referenced throughout the book.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Roxy is a fantasy novel in which avatars of popular drugs, from alcohol to crystal meth, tempt human beings to try them and become addicted. Siblings Isaac and Ivy start using Oxycontin and Adderall to deal with pain and distraction, and before long are jeopardizing their very lives. Not much sex or violence. Lots of substance abuse.
Is It Any Good?
"High-concept" thrillers are often rewarding, and this allegorical tale of love and addiction pulls off its narrative challenges with flair. The Shustermans are known for their intricate use of theme, and Roxy gives them plenty of room to explore drug use from a variety of angles. Ivy and Isaac are compelling characters, well rounded and believable, and so are Roxy and Addison, in their own ways. Roxy is something different, not for every reader but rewarding for those who want to be challenged,
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