The Season

Common Sense Media says

Feisty fashionista fights crime and stereotypes. Clean fun.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Alex is a smart, outspoken girl who questions the society's expectations of women (and puts herself in danger to save her man).


The book opens with a murder, and the conclusion has Alex and her love, Blackmoor, being held at gunpoint.


Some kissing that would be scandalous for the times (though seems pretty tame by today's standards).

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine drinking is described.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is pretty clean fare. There are a few steamy kisses and a little wine drinking, but nothing that will raise modern eyebrows. The spirited protagonist questions her role in society -- which might inspire interested readers to try out other books about plucky girls from the olden days, such as Jane Austen's novels.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Alex is a rich girl being introduced to society in her first season of balls. But while her looks (and money) get her plenty of attention at these public events, she wishes someone would respect her for her brain. Just as she begins to realize her feelings for Blackmoor, a longtime family friend, she begins to unravel a mystery surrounding his father's recent death. As she gets closer to the truth, she quickly finds herself in serious danger -- of death AND of falling in love.

Is it any good?


This book has a lot going for it: fancy dresses, balls, formal dinners, romance -- and a murder mystery. Readers will appreciate the verbal sparring between Alex and Blackmoor and cheer when the made-for-each-other couple finally share some secret kisses.

The author does a good job of painting a realistic portrait of the historical times -- from extravagant fashion to fixed gender roles. She also gives her characters modern pluck -- so get ready for lots of eye rolling.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the protagonist, Alex. Would you be willing to trade your life for hers? You'd get to attend balls and wear fancy dresses, but your own mother would be trying to marry you off as quickly as possible. Also, think about Alex's statement to Blackmoor: "Men refuse to consider the possibility that women have their own opinions, their own character... Do you truly believe that those men will continue to court me when... they discover that I read the newspaper and enjoy discussing politics?" Is this statement still an accurate representation of how guys treat girls, or is it out of date?  


Book details

Author:Sarah MacLean
Genre:Coming of Age
Book type:Fiction
Publication date:March 1, 2009
Number of pages:352
Read aloud:12
Read alone:12

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Teen, 15 years old Written bybookwormwriter July 23, 2011

Romantic, yet clean

This book was really good! My older sister actually read it aloud to me, because she read the back, and wanted to read it too. It was a really good, funny, witty, romantic, and yet clean book. I would recommend it to any book lover. Happy reading! :)
Teen, 13 years old Written bybooks r awesome November 10, 2010

teens read now, tweens wait

I think this was a very great book! It was adventerous, had a hint of history, and some romance. These combined, well i think, have to form the best type of book for Young Adults.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent of an infant, 4, and 6 year old Written bysangel_7 June 26, 2009

A must read for teens and adults.

I love this book for my self and then passed it on to my younger cousin who is around 11. It is very interesting and fun book with the murder mystery and the love interest there were no drinking, foul language, or inapropriate behavior in this book with the exception of the four girls being to curious and brave it has become one of my favorites.
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