Book review by Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Extremely intense, gritty look at teen prostitutes.

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 14 reviews

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age 16+

Tragic Beauty

This book has a lot of intense language and sex as well as abuse and addiction. It teaches teens how easy it is to get pulled into a life of prostitution and addiction. Giving them these tragic stories, that will be on their minds for the rest of their lives. now I much say its not for everyone . I would say it targets mature teens.

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Educational value
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 16+

Open Minded

I think its a wonderful book. Because in a way i relate to it. Its a great way to give a teen something that they can relate to and see how she(Ellen Hopkins) had that character deal with the issue. It gives a better understanding of what people feel in these situations. Granted the book is graphic, but so is the life stories that some kids actully go through. Children are s e x u a l l y a b u s e d , r a p e d, and some parents dont care about their children because of their drug addiction. Theres talk about being gay or a "f a g " in this book. Because strictly its exsistant, their are people who are in fact homosexual, I think that children shouldnt be cut off from the truth. Age 12 is around when alot of these things start occuring in girls heads I dont know about boys. If you want a better understanding read the book with an open mind not with a closed thats why alot of people think this book is horrible.

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