Let me first off say that I have never read this book. But, from what I've read about it I have to comment on it because I am really getting sick of common sense’s, nonsense. First, off whether this book has any morals, values or life changing themes too it I can't dispute, seeing as I never read it. From the reviews I've read though it seems very unlikely that it does. But, more importantly and why I chose to write this review, is my frustration with the justification of filth and unmoral choices as a teaching moment and better yet acceptable behavior for people my age and younger. Yes, as a teenager I understand that we are faced with a lot of difficult decisions and new experiences, especially ones dealing with our bodies and our emotions. It doesn’t even bug me so much that the character struggles with the idea of sex or the mention that his friends have had sex. I don’t like it, but some of my friends have had sex, and I know my friends love to discuss the topic of sex. What I don’t like though is the reasoning that because everyone else is doing it and because sex is a normal part of society that it is okay for people to read, let alone publish this book. People are given one inch and then they take it a mile. Talking about teenagers and their bodies is one thing, but staying with a prostitute and watching a couple engaged in sexual foreplay?!! How can any teenage relate to that? How many teenagers do you know that hang out with prostitutes, even in the 1950’s?!!!! But, of course by common sense’s reasoning its okay for us to read this because its not as bad as t.v and we’ll learn from this experience. Learn what, exactly? Than there is the issue of swearing. Yes, teenagers do swear and use the f word frequently, the reasoning that I should be reading this book because everyone says the word. Therefore people can relate to the book, is a good enough reason to put a filthy words in books? What about drinking, kids do it so it’s important to address this in literature, because? So, if all of this is acceptable because even though its bad, everyone is doing it. Than, can I ask why we’re even debating whether people should read this book?? Or why there is even a common sense in the first place? Better yet, if it so acceptable to swear and use the f word than why doesn’t common sense just spell the whole word out than writing f--k? I mean its acceptable right, everyone swears? I’ll tell you why because these things aren’t right and they are not acceptable in real society. If anyone were to do some of these things brought up in this book, it would be big, scandalize news, even punishable by law. The idea that this boy is a hero for what he did, and a good role model for fooling around and being stupid, is not real. In real life he would be a failure and a punk. The idea that he wouldn’t get in trouble or have other problems throughout the rest of his life because he realized he made a mistake, is near impossible. Try trying to break a drug or alcohol addiction without having problems. Try telling yourself or the cops that it wasn’t that bad because I only hung out with a prostitute, in a hotel room, I didn’t do anything with her. Books like these are not teaching books, they are just a lame excuse to write a bunch of crap and sell it. This book is not a classic, if you want a classic try reading Huck Finn or Little Women. Teens can relate to those characters and they can actually learn something valuable from them. Not how to smoke or drink, or call up a prostitute when your lonely. But, wait, I forgot, Common Sense is concerned about the morality of Huck Finn because of the views of slavery and the use of the n word in it. Which Mark Twain purposely put in the book to speak out about and teach people about the wrongness of slavery. But, common sense prefers you read and show your children books that glorify teaching you and your children how to make stupid and unmoral decisions, instead of the right ones.