Wild night of parties, drug deals, and mature misadventures.

What parents need to know

Educational value

It's a quick read and may interest reluctant readers. May lead to some good discussions about decision making. See our "Families Can Talk About" section for some ideas.

Positive messages

There are a lot of bad decisions made in the book. The teens go to extreme lengths to right the wrongs, but some wrongs -- such as the death of a friend -- are too easily overlooked. Things work out for them all in the end, but it's more by dumb luck than through any real lessons. 

Positive role models

Teen readers will find a lot of characters making bad decisions, but they may be able to find characters whom they can at least relate to -- and learn from their example.


Several violent car crashes with one person appearing to be dead and others describing the blood from their injuries. Teens are threatened with violence from other teens and adults. There are threats with a gun and what appears to be a knife.


A couple has sex in the back of what they think is a cab. Teens talk about having sex.


Of course there's the title of the book. Also "f--k" is a common noun, verb, and adjective throughout. Other swear words include "bitch," "dick," "s--t," and "motherf----r."


A few references to the make and model of cars and other casual descriptions, but nothing excessive.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One main character deals drugs, three others attempt to sell them, and some teens drink at a party and at a club. There's a reference to Ecstasy.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, as the title suggests, there is a lot of swearing in this book, mainly the "f" word. There are also several violent car crashes, threats made against teens with and without weapons, drug use, drug dealing, and some teenage drinking. Teens make bad decisions throughout -- and while they go to extreme lengths to right the wrongs, some wrongs -- such as the death of a friend -- are too easily overlooked. Things work out for them all in the end, but it's more by dumb luck than through any real lessons learned. This is action-packed enough to perhaps appeal to reluctant teen readers -- and may lead to some good discussions about smart decision making.

What's the story?

Six teens spend one night running for their lives through the streets of New York. Told from each different perspectives (a jock, a brain, a scaredy cat, a drug dealer-genius, a practical girl, a country girl), the chain of sometimes comedic and often stupid events begins with three teens planning to get extra money to cover debts by selling drugs at a party. Basically, everything that could go wrong does, and the story becomes about the characters running from the law -- and the mob.

Is it any good?


Here's what's good about this book: the six perspectives definitely add interest, it's occasionally funny, and it's a quick read and may interest reluctant readers.

Here's what's bad about the novel: just about everything else. This is a classic wild, worst-case scenario all-in-one-night adventure that combines bad decisions and random acts of weirdness -- but it lacks character development, and the plot twists are rather ridiculous.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about decision making. How are bad decisions like lies? How often do you let 'the group" control the decision-making process? Have you ever gone against your better judgment out of fear or pressure from others? How do you counteract group think?

  • Talk about comic misadventures. Movies and books portraying wild nights are always popular. How are they true to life? How are they not? Do you think this "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" logic is just good fun? When isn't it?

  • The title will also be a sticking point for many parents. Is it just fun slang, way too crude (or even trying too hard to be cool)? Where do you draw the line?

Book details

Author:Peter Lerangis
Genre:Contemporary Fiction
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Simon Pulse
Publication date:November 10, 2009
Number of pages:272
Publisher's recommended age(s):14 - 17

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Kid, 10 years old October 24, 2011

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Really good book but it has lots of swearing.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byHannahhatesyou March 24, 2010


I Think It's AMAZING!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of an infant, infant, infant, 1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12, 13, 13, 14, 15, 15, 15, 16, 17, and 18 year old Written bynicoleandmeatwadss February 10, 2015


but for ages 3+


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