A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
This is one of the few teen/tween stories in which there are really good lines of communication open between kids and parents. Talia and her mom talk openly about their feelings, including their frustrations. There are a few instances of mean girl behavior, but it's counteracted by great lessons in being a friend.
Violence & Scariness
There are a few vague and empty threats of bodily harm by a tough girl, but it's just talk.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The kids in this book are in the wanting-to-date, worried-about-impressing-the-opposite-sex stage.
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Some mild name calling ("dork," "stuck-up," etc.), but nothing really objectionable.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's nothing to worry about in this book. It covers the topics of parental death, friendships, mean girls, and privacy.
Is It Any Good?
Author Christine Hurley Deriso does a great job capturing the woes of middle school with a new twist. Instead of embarrassing things happening to Talia, Talia has to deal with having a mother who famously broadcasts her worst moments on television. That's a level of embarrassment that many kids couldn't begin to fathom. Deriso also covers timeless topics of friendship and dealing with friendships that change as you grow older.
There are some great moments that will keep readers laughing and that connect the reader to the characters in the book. One of Talia's columns talks about how dorky her mom can be when she acts as a school volunteer wearing holiday sweaters using old slang and getting kid's names wrong -- almost every kid can identify with that. Overall TALIA TALK is a fresh, funny book that both kids and parents will relate to. Kids may even learn a few lessons in the process.
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