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Ultimately, Molly realizes that she should stop trying to be everything that Gideon wants her to be, and instead just be herself.
Positive Role Models
Pilar is portrayed as a rather unhappy character despite her physical beauty -- however, she does a calculation whenever she meets a woman, comparing how hot she is compared to her. She also starves herself to be thin.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The opening scene involves Molly and Gideon "writhing half naked in an empty chapel." And that's just the beginning of the racy stuff. In another scene, Gideon talks to his friends about getting hot and heavy with Pilar and what parts of her body she lets him touch. Molly uses her ESP to let a boy see Pilar naked, and later she and Pilar work on a scheme that ends up with Pilar having to make out with the slimy Dean of Standards.
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Pretty racy language. All the biggies are thrown around like crazy, as well as some pretty naughty slang for body parts, etc.
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Products & Purchases
Not overly saturated but Pilar does some serious shopping at stores like Fred Segal. Other mentions of brands like Coach, Coke, Target.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink and smoke marijuana. Gideon's roommates even grow plants in their dorm closet.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book features all kinds of racy material, from the main character planning to have sex with her boyfriend in the school's chapel to a scene where an underage girl makes out with a creepy dean as part of an elaborate scheme. There is swearing, drug use, and sex among the teens at Midvale Prep -- and the prettiest girl at school pretty much starves herself in an effort to look thinner.
Is It Any Good?
Readers shouldn't expect to really be challenged here, but as far as fun, fluffy, prep school books are concerned, this one is pretty well done. The cast of characters may be somewhat predictable -- Molly is smart but insecure, Gideon is sweet and clueless, while pretty Pilar's perfection comes at a price -- but the ESP angle is a fun device and leads to some hilarious moments (such as when Molly calls the Fred Segal store to warn them that Pilar has been trying on bathing suits without her underwear). The sweet underlying message about being true to yourself (instead of trying to be exactly what your boyfriend wants) will even leave readers feeling good about devouring this literary junk food.
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