The Sun Is Also a Star

Book review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Beautiful and philosophical love story is deeply moving.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 61 reviews

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age 17+

Bad language and inappropriate content

I teach literacy to grade 7 and 8 students. Honestly, I don't think this book is appropriate for less than 17-year-olds. There are jokes about penis sizes, also about losing virginity, and the F word in many, many places. Also, we see other inappropriate words, such as a**hole. This book is NOT FOR KIDS!

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 14+

Smart characters in the real world

I love the complexity of the world these kids live in and the way the vignettes about side characters show all the ways little decisions can have big impacts on people's lives. The main characters are very smart and believable. While it is a love story, it doesn't have a quintessential happily-ever-after ending, which I think is realistic to the world that is portrayed. The make-out scene may be too much for young teens. The cussing is believable for two teens talking to each other, but again, may not be appropriate for middle schoolers.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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