A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The girls sneak out of school, drink -- and are pretty heartless, even when one of them accidentally injures a teacher. Also, the book features lots of stereotypes, like an overprotective Muslim father.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The book opens with Jinx hearing her neighbor having sex. There is some other sex talk, like a reference to a student with syphilis, but the most graphic encounter is a rendezvous between two of the women on the faculty.
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Lots of bad words, with an especially heavy use of the f-word and its variations.
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Products & Purchases
Some high-end brand name dropping (Stella McCartney, Dior, Miss Sixty), plus Diet Coke, MTV, Coco Pops, etc.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The characters drink (even with parents), smoke pot, and take ecstasy.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the characters in this book swear like crazy, sneak off of school grounds, wear designer clothes, drink, smoke marijuana, and take Ecstasy -- and generally don't seem to care too much about anyone. The book opens with Jinx hearing her neighbor having sex, and there is some other sex talk, but the most graphic encounter is a rendezvous between two of the women on the faculty. The book features lots of stereotypes, including offensive representations of Asians, Muslims, and lesbians.
Is It Any Good?
Readers may get a kick out of some of the over-the-top characters at Jinx's exclusive boarding school. There's Ms. Gunn, the faculty's angry drunk, who invents terrible punishments for the girls but always ends up as the butt of their jokes. There are also some tender moments between Jinx and her best friend Liberty, and nice images of Jinx's weekend home life with her wacky -- but loving -- family.
But in the end, readers will be troubled by the book's stereotypical characters, such as Liberty's overprotective Saudi Arabian father, who kidnapped her from her mother as a child and now makes references to "common prostitutes" when he catches her doing something he doesn't like. Also, the girls seem too wrapped up in their shallow lives and small dramas to care about anything real (when a teacher is injured in class, for example, the girls laugh and stand around instead of getting her help). This is yet another clique lit book series, so there will be plenty more to learn about those girls at Stagmount. But most teen readers -- even those that like a guilty-pleasure series -- should opt for something else.
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