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Parents' Guide to

Uses for Boys

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Poetic, mature coming-of-age story includes rape, abortion.

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This is a poetic book that will be a big hit with fans of coming-of-age classic House on Mango Street and other lyrical stories. Like Mango Street, this book's easy-to-read vignettes are full of significant details that are both memorable and deeper than they first appear. Anna doesn't hold back on the gritty details, but brave adults can use her story to spark some great discussions about teen sexuality -- including the emotional reasons why teens have sex, how girls and boys are often treated differently when it comes to sex, and even how teen romantic relationships are depicted in the media vs. how they are in real life.

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