A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Jenna both binge eats and shoplifts, childhood habits that reemerge with Cameron's return.
Violence & Scariness
Jenna flashes back to a childhood memory of Cameron's father trying to get the kids to play a sex game. There are more references to his dad being abusive.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some kissing and making out. Jenna's stepfather finds her in bed with Cameron, though nothing is going on.
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Stuff like "hell," "bitch," "ass," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking at a party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a mature book. Cameron and Jenna both had lonely lives as children, and endured a horrific event when Cameron's father tried to bully them into playing a sex game. When Cameron reappears in Jenna's life, Jenna begins binge eating and shoplifting again. Cameron, too, has unresolved issues, and is currently living without a home or family. Jenna's stepfather also catches them in bed together. Beyond that, there is also some light swearing, drinking, and kissing.
Is It Any Good?
This is a dark book. Even readers drawn to the carefully crafted story here may be overwhelmed by the mature problems Jenna and Cameron deal with here. Between them they face bullies, homelessness, abuse, shoplifting, binge eating, and more -- Jenna even grows up believing Cameron is dead. The several flashbacks to that fateful day when Cameron's abusive father tries to get the kids to play a sex game is likewise both well drawn and creepy.
Jenna's ability to start dealing with the past -- and become the person she wants to be -- is heroic. And it's convincing, too, thanks to a realistically imperfect cast of secondary characters, especially Jenna's mother. In the end, this is a book for mature readers only, but those who are ready will be moved by this story of Jenna and Cameron's intense attachment. And they will appreciate that Jenna not only accepts herself for who she truly is, but learns to see the strengths she has had all along.
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