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By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Teens grow up too fast in intense stories told in poetry.

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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Not for Middle School

I am a middle school teacher and this was in our library. This book is not appropriate for middle school students. It is more for high school students. The language is something I hear students say but the F word is way to normal in this story. The discussion of a boy coming out and the interaction with another boy the reader is able to assume and infer what is going on in an intimate way.

Is It Any Good?

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This is a good choice for Hopkins' fans, who know what to expect, and for reluctant readers, who will quickly get through the free verse that covers provocative material. Readers also might appreciate that this book features imperfect families, including abusive or alcoholic parents, new stepparents, estranged parents, and more. It's a bit overstuffed, as the author puts her poor protagonists through trial after trial -- teen pregnancy, dating someone with HIV, a dying sister, a rape, a suicide attempt, and more. But readers will appreciate that the three leading teens emerge damaged but not defeated.

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