Parents' Guide to

Sense and Sensibility

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Classic novel is rich in romance and humor.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Not recommended for young readers.

For advanced and older readers I think its an exceptionally good book. But for kids, I personally think it might be boring, confusing, and a bit inappropriate. This book contains smoking and drinking. But also influences a great message, good role models, and holds educational value. I first read the book when I was about 11 or 12. I immediately lost interest after the first chapter and struggled unwillingly to finish the rest of the book. But as I got older I learned to love and understand the book better. I competently recommend the book for older more advanced readers rather than young kids.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1):
Kids say (7):

Sense and Sensibility is a richly rewarding story of manners from one of the world's greatest novelists. Full of feeling, humor, and beautifully realized characters, this book is treasured by teens and adults who enjoy a complex romantic page-turner. For two centuries, readers' hearts have broken for naive Marianne and long-suffering Elinor, and the book will surely find devoted readers for centuries to come.

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