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Book review by Norah Caroline Piehl, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Controversial book about rape is powerful and painful.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 28 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 149 reviews

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age 2+

Read if you want to sleep

99%Filler 1%Relevent 100%Horrible. You can skip to the last 50 pages and miss nothing.
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age 14+

Word choices

This book is pretty negative. There are very few redeeming characters. The main character has been raped and that frames her narrative. The words 'spaz' and 'retarded' are used more than once and it feels like lazy writing.

Book Details

  • Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • Publication date: January 1, 1999
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 12
  • Number of pages: 198
  • Last updated: April 12, 2019

Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love coming-of-age books and stories that deal with consent

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