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Plan B


Title: Plan B
Author: Jenny O’Connell
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing/MTV
Number of Pages: 288
Advertised Age Level: Young Adult

Age and Grade of Main Character(s): 17 yrs./Senior

Language: Mild profanity. Infrequent use of the f-word.
Sex: Kissing. No explicit descriptions of sex. However, main character is not a virgin and sex is accepted as part of teenage relationships.
Drug/Alcohol Use: teenage characters drink beer, situation with drunk driving
Violence: one fight scene, however it is not violent
Social Issues: teen sex, extramarital relationships, unfaithfulness in a committed relationship, sibling rivalry, birth control, depiction of Hollywood lifestyle, allusion to drug addiction/rehab
Suggested Movie Grade: PG-13

Premise: Vanessa Carlisle is a planner, and the next year of her life has been plotted to the last second. Finish senior year at private high school Cabot Academy. Get acceptance into Yale. Spend the summer traveling around Europe with her best friend, Taylor. Then head to Yale, where she’ll join her boyfriend, Patrick, who already attends as a freshman. She’s dotted every i and crossed every T.

What Vanessa doesn’t plan for, however, is learning that she has a half-brother who not only is coming to live with them and attend Cabot High, but just so happens to be a bad-boy TV star. Reed Vaughn has gotten into trouble one time too many, and his mother sends him to Chicago to gain some new perspective. Which means Vanessa must go from only child to sharing the spotlight with a Hollywood star.

From the outset, Vanessa resents Reed. She doesn’t want him to come, she knows she isn’t going to like him, and she determines she’s not going to let his presence change one thing about her life. However, she soon finds that her carefully laid plans start to unravel.

Comments: Vanessa admits openly to having sex with her boyfriend, Patrick. She uses birth control pills which are found by Reed. When Vanessa visits Patrick at Yale, they engage in sex although it is not described. Vanessa witnesses Patrick kissing another girl and confronts him about his infidelity.

Also, Vanessa’s half-brother, Reed, is the result of a relationship her father had when he and her mother were temporarily separated. This issue is handled with acceptance by the adults and some resentment by Vanessa.

Reed is assumed to be recovering from some form of addiction that required a stay in a rehab facility. At one point, he drinks heavily at a party and Vanessa must insist that he let her drive them home.

Age Appropriateness: ages 14 and up


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