Book review by Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Biracial teen learns to love herself in heartbreaking novel.

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 16+

Good book, for at least 16+

This is a beautiful story about a girl finding herself. Despite her critical mother, throughout the book, she slowly gains confidence and learns to see beauty in herself. Quite a bit of emotional abuse from her mother. There are issues with an uncle that get talked about in general for quite a while. Parents should know that the main character is a senior in high school… An unwanted kiss, one f word, and the phrase “jacking off” are the reasons I wrote 16+. There is also a situation where someone tries to commit suicide. It may be older than 16, depending on your child. I definitely don’t want my 12 year old reading it yet... however, it was listed as younger teen at our library.

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Book Details

  • Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Topics: Arts and Dance
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: September 26, 2017
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 18
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: February 11, 2018

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