One of Rick's best yet!
I'm a longtime fan of Rick's books, and this latest one is one of his best yet! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, getting surprised by every twist in the plot. Once I finished, I was eager to discuss it with others!
So I was disappointed to see it get such a poor review from another adult.
I don't quite understand the consumerism labels, as the book did not encourage me to go out and buy things. I do understand the violence part though, and would not recommend that the very young read this.
However, the part that really gets me is that it was marked as 18+. The book did not strike me in ANY way as being rated above a fourth or fifth grade level-which was how old I was when I began to read Rick's books. Sadly, the only reason why I can think of it being flagged as 18+ is due to the presence of Alex.
I identify as nonbinary myself, and this is perhaps the first book I have ever seen in children's literature with a prominent genderqueer character. Children who are also genderqueer will read about Alex and realize that they are not alone in the world, that their feelings about their body are valid. God knows I could have used a book like this when I was younger, trying to figure out what made me feel so uncomfortable in my own skin. Alex Fierro is a huge step in representation, and I am saddened that others think this is not appropriate for children.
This IS appropriate for children. Children shouldn't be sheltered from queer identities, because some of them ARE queer. It is far from an adult thing. So I believe this rating is unfair, along with its suspiciously one star.
In any case, I loved this, and I cannot wait for the third book in this marvelous series!
This title contains:
Positive role models