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By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sex, mature themes make engaging read for older teens.

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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

It was alright, slightly boring.

Even though the character of Dakota has quite sexual thoughts and actions, the characters are good for a mid-teen to adult audience. I wouldn't recommend it for people under 15. My friend recommended this to me saying "Its the best book I've ever read!" No. I disagree, if it wasn't for the characters of Dakota and Skye, I would've stopped reading it. Jena and Owen are much to whiney and inncent for my tastes. And the book didn't keep me wanting more. I would stop reading it for a day or two without caring. Generally it was a good book, but I could've gone my whole life without and I'd be okay with that.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 17+



This title has:

Too much sex
Educational value
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (10):

This is a complicated piece of work, but Mackler handles her material well. She even manages to make each character sympathetic -- including those who don't seem very nice on the surface. As with many novels narrated by multiple characters, readers will identify with some of protagonists more than others. Also, because Mackler is juggling so much plot here, not all the characters or plot points get fully developed -- this is especially true in Dakota's story, where he meets an interesting woman right as he is wrapping up his section.

But overall, readers will find plenty to keep them engaged, from Jena's discovery of a mysterious suicide note, to Dakota's attempt to work "on the karma thing" -- and even a very sweet romance that blossoms between nerdy but nice Jena and Owen.

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