A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there is some very strong language in the novel, including "f--k." There's talk of adult relationships, divorce, and infidelity. First intimate/sexual experiences are described.
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What's the story?
Quinn is surrounded by wounded women, as her mother, aunt, and grandmother have all been disappointed by love and filled Quinn in on every possible detail. So Quinn decides to be the responsible one and strives to make good, safe, middle-of-the-road choices. When she is dumped by her boyfriend and renews a rocky relationship with her irresponsible dad, she makes a risky choice -- to go out and right the wrongs of her father, with the help of her little sister and half-sister she barely knows. Will she earn back a little romantic karma for herself in the process?
Is it any good?
Author Deb Caletti does what she does best here: Create layered, developed characters readers will love to read about. The novel is beautifully written, and the story is intriguing and timely for a generation of young women growing up in the Too Much Information era, where adults share intimate details with kids about their lives and relationships, making kids grow up too fast.
The snippets of relationship advice sprinkled throughout the novel from Quinn's father's past girlfriends are an interesting addition to the story . This is not a gooey, happily-ever-after romance novel with all good or all bad characters, and that's what makes it real and rich; teens will find lots to identify with here.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about boundaries in a relationship. What are the boundaries when it comes to parent/child relationships, boyfriend/girlfriend relationships, etc.? Why is it important to talk openly with the ones you love? What are some things that may be inappropriate for parents to share with their kids? What subjects are worth talking about?