A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
There are some selfish adults, including parents. Some acting out from a tween. Drug use and cheating, as well.
Violence & Scariness
A violent, moody ex-boyfriend is described by one woman; we don't see any of the violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women describe their first French kiss, talk about heavy petting. Another woman describes a man's body's attributes. Talk about passionate encounters, bedroom behavior, including a teen boy having sex with an older woman. Sexual situations are described.
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Regular swearing from both kids and adults, including the "f-bomb."
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Products & Purchases
Some talk of money and fame, including a specific car type, but nothing obsessive.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
An adult makes marijuana brownies in full view of the teen daughter. A woman talks about a teenage boyfriend who used drugs and alcohol.
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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.
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.
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