See You in the Cosmos

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

age 10+

Sweet, quirky road story sparkles with warmth and wisdom.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 18+

See you in the cosmos

Never let your child read this book. It talks bout inappropriate things. The main character, Alex, goes to a space program and leaves with two men that he just met. Then, Alex finds his sister and one of the men likes her, but she and the men’s roommate like each other. They all spend the night at one of the men’s apartment, and one of the men tries to really hurt his friend because his friend likes Terra (alex’s Sister) Alex climbs onto a roof and falls off and almost dies. Alex has barely ANY parental guidance and the social workers let Alex stay with his uncaring brother. Nothing GOOD and interesting happens in this book.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 13+

Cute and quirky on the outside, trauma and pain on the inside

I’m looking for books for my teachers who like to read to their grade 3s, 4s, and 5s and I will not be recommending this book. The protagonist, Alex is innocent, naive, and plucky, but all the rest of the characters are adults usually protecting him from the truth of his life - neglect, parental mental illness, parental infidelity. During the road trip there is alcohol use, implied sex, slut shaming, gambling. Closer to the end Alex suffers a very serious physical injury that had me wincing. Many very difficult adult conversations. In many ways this book documents the loss of Alex’s innocence. Not the right book for a middle school read aloud, but great for teenagers and up. As an adult I really enjoyed the story.

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