A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
A thoughtful, but at times distressing, examination of the challenges faced by a girl who loses her arm in a vicious shark attack.
Positive Role Models
Meaningful adults play a large role in her recuperation, including
mother, brother, extended family members, therapist, doctors, nurses,
counselors, friends. But it's up to Jane to accept who she is.
Violence & Scariness
Teen attacked by shark in water, massive amounts of blood, major injury to arm that is amputated. After waking from coma, the girl is in incredible pain.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Fantasies described of kissing a boyfriend. Crushes on boys in school. Older brother watches girls in bikinis at beach.
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Mild use of profanity such as "bastard," "damn," "hell," "s--t."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is graphic description of the physical, mental, and emotional trauma of a 15-year-old girl being attacked by a shark and having her arm amputated. Profanity is present but fairly mild, and there is discussion of having boyfriends, kissing them, etc.
Is It Any Good?
This is an emotional book that's best for the tender-hearted reader ready for some soul-searching. Written using narrative, poems, and letters to Jane from strangers moved by her story, the story follows Jane's slow progress to accepting her traumatic experience. The sadness, hopelessness, and depression felt by the main character, along with emotions of meaningful people in her life, are honestly depicted through dialogue and plot and will be quite moving to the right kind of introspective reader.
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