Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance 1973

Book review by Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Raw, raunchy tale of survival best for mature teems.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 14+

I don't know about Romance, but this is a good book

I find that this book, despite the colorful use of vocabulary, to be a good book. While this book deals with matters that most people would actually leave behind closed doors such as Karl's parents relationship, how loose his mother is, and the not-so-glamorous issues that some writes avoid. While there is humor in order to lighten the load, you can still fill the frustration that Karl feels as his mother's destructive behavior and his need to try and fit in. But in the end, there is a light in the tunnel, and a small metamorphosis happens for the good. John Barne's style is very fluid and rather believable as well as how in depth his characters are. Though I wouldn't suggest 11 yr olds reading this, this book has a good discussion points a diamond in the rough.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Educational value
Great messages

Book Details

  • Author: John Barnes
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Publication date: June 1, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 532
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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