Common Sense Media says

Deeply poetic novel explores racial and sexual feelings.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byLexiStat March 17, 2013

High School Junior- Bluest Eye Opinon

I'm a junior in high school and personally thought this book was beautifully written. However, teacher's must have a full understanding of the book and should be able to justify it's importance to a student's education. Although there is sexual initiation and abuse, and inappropriate/offensive language it has to be looked at objectively- If you focus on the graphic nature, you will miss the point that Toni Morrison is trying to make.
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Educational value
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent Written byJayne28 July 20, 2013

Not appropriate for high-school English classes

This book is far more graphic than our school's rationale form let on. I highly recommend parents read the entire work in advance of minors doing so. In my professional and personal opinion, I do not consider this book to be appropriate for minors, nor the best choice for dealing with the issues it raises (and never resolves).
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byluvstoread January 12, 2013

Heads up parents!!!

The review this site provided for this book regarding the sexual encounters in this book as edgy. Let me tell you, unless you want your child to read in graphic detail about an 11 year old girl being sexually assaulted by her father, this is NOT a book for your child. Toni Morrison has a reputation and this book more than lives up to it. My son read the book at age 12/7th grade because it was on a teacher recommended list for a historical novel. Once I read the book and brought it to the school's attention, the book was removed from the school (Middle School, by the way) and the teacher received disciplinary action. Her excuse was that my son reads at a Senior high-school level reading. I would not recommend this book for students to read without their parent knowing fully what the content is and giving their permission.
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Too much sex
Educator and Parent Written bymftmom January 5, 2016

substitute teacher/ licensed family therapist

I would strongly discourage parents from allowing their children to read this book and be exposed to the sexual violence that no child should have to experience. The images that are portrayed in this book represent a gruesome crime against children and once these images are imprinted on a child it is hard to reverse the experience. I am perplexed how a parent would do everything they could to prevent this type of assault from happening to their children but then let the child experience all the emotions of reading this in print. Also, the author has a bias against mainstream culture as being racist and brutal to people of color. This is strictly an opinion and parents should be cautious in promoting this notion in their children.
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Educator and Parent Written bystephhhead October 17, 2015

Hardcore Child Porn! Incest, Rape & Pedophilia!!

This book shows incest, rape and pedofilia from the perpetrators favorable point of view. Pages 162-163: “A bolt of desire ran down his genitals…and softening the lips of his anus. . . . He wanted to f*** her—tenderly. But the tenderness would not hold. The tightness of her vagina was more than he could bear. His soul seemed to slip down his guts and fly out into her, and the gigantic thrust he made into her then provoked the only sound she made. Removing himself from her was so painful to him he cut it short and snatched his genitals out of the dry harbor of her vagina. She appeared to have fainted.” Page 181: “The little girls are the only things I’ll miss. Do you know that when I touched their sturdy little t*** and bit them—just a little—I felt I was being friendly?—If I’d been hurting them, would they have come back? . . . they’d eat ice cream with their legs open while I played with them. It was like a party.” Using just the smallest amount of common sense we can deduce that if the book cannot be read aloud in the class, could not be viewable if it was a movie and couldn’t be played on the stereo if it was a CD, then why is it okay for it to be read and discussed; in school of all places! In fact, according to one lawyer, if the incidents in this book were a movie or a picture there would be a very clear cut case for prosecution for child pornography. In fact, the teachers mark the pages that can only be read at home. The sexually explicit scenes that take place are noted by page numbers and the kids have to read those portions of the book at home. It’s truly astounding. If there are parts of the book that are so explicit that they can’t be read in school, you’d think that would be a giant red flag to keep that book out of the hands of children. Read more at http://politichicks.com/2015/07/warning-graphic-common-core-approved-chi... Read more at http://politichicks.com/2015/07/warning-graphic-common-core-approved-chi...
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written bykemeshag January 27, 2015

Masterful prose but edgy topic

Toni Morrison is a brilliant author, there is a reason she has been awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature. Bluest eye is her first novel and one of her best. Her prose is beautiful and she has an excellent command of English language. However parents, should know that the book delves into issues of prejudice, self hate, unfavorable beauty standards, and sexual assault. This book is great for older teenagers and adults. There are several themes that sweep through the novel.
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Educational value
Great messages
Teen, 17 years old Written byJahslimG September 12, 2016

Bluest Eye opinion

As I was reading The Bluest Eye it was really emotional. The reason why it was emotional to me was what happened to Pecola it was really harsh and upsetting. A young girl going through self- hatred and rape is emotional because a girl shouldn't go through stuff like that because it's heart breaking. One thing I disliked about the book was that it was to harsh for me. I would recommend this book to anyone that is 17 and older because of the inappropriate language and they would have a better understanding of what is going on in the book.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing