The Bluest Eye

Book review by Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Deeply poetic novel explores racial and sexual feelings.

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 18+

Not for under 18!

Graphic details of child rape and molestation, incestuous rape, sex scenes, rape, adultery and prostitution. Show pedophiles in a favorable light. Not for high school students!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 15+

Common sense book for any US literature class

This book is written from the perspective of a young African American woman during the 1940s, about her life, struggles and her quest to essentially feel or be white. Although some may consider it graphic and overly sexual, it’s an accurate representation of how young African American women felt during those times, as well as the African Americans place in society during the early and mid 20th century. It truly is a literary masterpiece, and absolutely appropriate for 15 and above.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

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Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love African-American stories

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