The Best Man

Book review by Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media
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age 9+

Witty, sweet story of boy figuring out school, family, love.

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age 12+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 18+


Tne boy becomes the best man at the homosexual wedding of his uncle. Not that there is something wrong with that, but there should be a disclaimer on the cover! Judging by other Peck's books I let my 10-year old to read it by himself. His conclusion was that the boy made up the story of two of his role heroes getting married. Whew... I didn't have to explain anything yet!

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Too much sex
age 12+

Very liberal, shocking bullying

I’ve read a lot of Richard Peck over the years, and this book was the first to disappoint. First of all, unless you’re very liberal leaning about gay marriage, you won’t like this book. It may just be a side part of the story, but if you are adamant that marriage should follow God’s plan of one man and one woman you won’t want your kid to read this. It definitely feels like a LGBTQ aimed book to indoctrinate kids that gay marriage is fine because it’s all about “love”. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll probably like it. More disturbing was the portrayal of school bullying. Is that really what schools are like now?? With kids getting tied up in the bathroom??? Oh dear. The adults at the school were incompetent, which is usual in a kids’ book to make it seem like a “kid’s world,” but given the shocking (to me) abuse of the bullies, I was really disturbed. Not for me. Not for my kids. I advise prereading.

This title has:

Too much violence

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For kids who love coming-of-age and LGBTQ stories

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