Parents' Guide to

Shatter Me

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Intense, poignant, and steamy dystopian thriller.

Book Tahereh Mafi Fantasy 2011
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 12+

beautifully written

This is a wonderful, engaging story with a very interesting plot. Of course, there's quite some violence and a romantic relationship between main characters, but this played a big part of keeping me excited. The violence, when reading, doesn't seem to be that graphic or disturbing as CSM describes, thus as bad or gory. Romance is limited to kissing. Swearing is very mild and was okay to let my child read, as we watch movies with the same (or even worse!) language and wasn't heavy. I only planned to read the first book before my daughter, but I honestly couldn't help myself to read the whole series! I now understand why my daughter loves books (especially this series) so much and have been able to connect with her better.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
2 people found this helpful.
age 11+

Kids can read whatever they want :)

I think this is absolutely great for kids for the age 10-12 it is a great book with so much entertainment and it is great for kids who want to expand reading curriculum!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (52):

There's no putting down this intense, dramatic, and steamy dystopian thriller filled with tortured souls and physical prose. Many teens will be drawn to the unique prose style, while some will just find it jarring. It's in present tense, focused heavily on movement, and full of cross-out marks to show what the main character is trying to censor in herself. Juliette hates the harm she can do others, thinks ill of her neglectful parents but wants to forgive, hates all her desires that she thinks can never be fulfilled. These desires are forbidden in her mind, which adds to the intensity of the love story.

Shatter Me will remind you very much of X-Men as the story wraps. And we don't know why people like Juliette exist. Or if it has anything to do with the state of her dystopian world. But it's clear that this series is still ramping up in a big way, and many teens will want to be along for the dramatic ride.

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