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Book review by Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Delightful graphic novel follows teen girl's teeth troubles.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 65 reviews

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age 10+

Good, but just a little off

It is a cute story about a teen girl's tooth tale, but it has things like bras, crushes, how a teenager needs to kiss her first boy, puberty, some other mature content. It is a good story for 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, but not intended for elementary school kids.

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Too much sex
2 people found this helpful.
age 13+

Fun read, but full of insecurity, bad friends, peer pressure that only improve on the last couple pages

This was a really fun book for my daughter, but I was unhappy with the age rating and some of the negative themes. The graphics were cute and she was hooked and finished it in one sitting. Although things do improve at the very end of the book, the main character focuses on physical insecurity throughout the whole book, with friends who are obsessed with boys and try to pressure her to kiss anyone at the party just so she can "get her first kiss." The friends push her to dress very scantily in a mini skirt, tube top and fish net stockings (which is pictured) to impress her crush. They do admit that they are kidding and she doesn't leave the house that way. At one point, her mom says in a demeaning way that she needs a bra, without talking to her about puberty in any way. Finally in the end, she decides to start doing something she likes to do and makes better friends, who work together and like her for herself. I'm glad she finds how to love herself through all her teeth trials and friend troubles, but my daughter wasn't ready yet for the ideas of obsessing over kissing boys, insecurities and peer pressure.
1 person found this helpful.

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