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By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Heavy look at prescription drug abuse for teens.

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age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 14+

Great book , teaches the harshness of drugs

The book has a great story line and a lot of interesting twists. There is some inapproraite parts though including a complicated teen pregnancy, drug abuse and drinking. There is no details on any of those things though. I woudl recommend the book to teens so that they can see what is really out there and how it can impair you and ruin your life. Unfortunately the book does not have a happy ending but that is actually good thing in teaching the lesson to teens. HIghly recommended.

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Educational value
age 14+

An honest book with an important message

This book was a great portrail of perscription drugs in high school. One reason I loved it so much was because it was honest and didn't pretend to be something it wasn't. Yes there was language some parents wouldn't approve of but its the same language you hear every day at a public high school. Rx was all around a good read, it was intertaining and had a good message. Parents: Don't consider this a book that will give your children ideas about doing drugs, while the language and story line aren't necessarly something you would enjoy, it is understood by teens and teaches a valuable lesson. I loved this book and hope others will read it too.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (9):

This is a dramatic story -- Thyme deals with withdrawal, having her stash stolen (and found by police), and even a teen client's suicide. But it's a timely book, too. The author is definitely didactic, but she connects the dots well, showing how the pressure to succeed combines so dangerously with the prevalence of pills, prescriptions, and self-diagnosis, creating a serious culture of dependency for both teens and parents. Parents are encouraged to read along -- and discuss -- this book with their teens.

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