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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Educational ValueThe discussion of Clyde's work and its importance to the art world offers a glimpse into the world of art appreciation and the intersection of artistic passion and commerce.
Positive MessagesEmaline learns to accept her father's limitations and accept him for who he is. Coming to terms with change is at the heart of the book, and Emaline is open-minded enough to change her perspective on her closest friends, the filmmakers visiting town, tourists, and even the reclusive artist Clyde. Her adventures show that forging ahead doesn't mean turning your back on where you came from.
Positive Role ModelsEmaline is a practical heroine: She works hard for the family business and is very much a part of her small community. She stands up for herself and for her young stepbrother. Emaline doesn't heed curfew and drinks at social gatherings, but she isn't shown drinking to excess. She uses exercise as way to calm down. Her mother, especially, is attentive and caring. Her father's emotional investment is limited but he tries to do right by her.
Sex, Romance & NuditySexual content is treated casually and matter-of-factly. Emaline and her longtime boyfriend are sexually active and were once caught in the act by her mom, who made sure she was using birth control. Her mom became pregnant as a teen. Her friend Daisy plans to remain a virgin until married. There's mild kissing and references to hooking up and a pool boy with a phallic pool brush.
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LanguageLanguage includes "damn," "dammit," "pissed," "hell," "a--hole," "s--t," "bitch," and "hard-ass."
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Products & PurchasesDiet Coke, Mountain Dew, and Nabisco crackers are mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & SmokingThe underage teens drink alcohol, including at keg parties. An adult character gets drunk at a party, and tourists are described drinking and talking about belly shots.
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Parents Need to KnowParents need to know that The Moon and More is a smart depiction of the emotional push-and-pull that often marks the summer before a teen heads off to college. Lead character Emaline is sexually active with her longtime boyfriend, seems to completely disregard her parents' curfew with no consequences, and underage drinking is treated casually and matter-of-factly. But otherwise, this a sweet story about summertime romances, coming to terms with change, and finding your own way.
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