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Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude & Other Commandments I Have Broken

Title:  Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude and Other Commandments I Have Broken
Author: Rosemary Graham
Publisher: Speak
Number of Pages:  288 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 12 and up

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  13 thru 15 years/8th Grade through 10th Grade

Language:  very mild
Sex: nothing overtly described, kissing, making out in cars
Drug/Alcohol Use: none
Violence: non
Social Issues:  social ostracism, spreading rumors and lies, self-respect, homeless kids
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

Premise:  Kelsey is forced to move across the country to Berkley, California, after her parents divorce. She spends a miserable and lonely 8th grade year in a posh private all-girls school, so when she catches the eye of super-hot, celebrity skateboarder dude C.J. Logan over the summer, she realizes how lucky she is. She begins freshman year at East Bay High as the girlfriend of the coolest guy on campus, the benefits of which include insta-popularity and the envy of every girl in school.

But life as C.J.’s girlfriend isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Sure, he’s cute, and their makeout sessions are hotter than hot. But C.J. doesn’t seem to know that there is a world outside of the skatepark. When C.J. begins to take Kelsey for granted again and again, she comes to realize she’s really nothing more than a glorified groupie with the formal title of “girlfriend”. She breaks it off with C.J. and looks forward to moving on to better things.

Unfortunately, a self-centered guy like C.J. doesn’t take getting dumped so well. He uses the internet to spread all kinds of lies about Kelsey, and she begins her sophomore year as a social outcast once again. Somehow she has to reinvent herself as something other than C.J.’s girlfriend while facing the disapproval of her peers for breaking the number one commandment – thou shalt not dump the skater dude.

Potential Points of Concern: Kelsey faces ostracism from the cliques in the all-girls school she attends.

Kelsey and C.J. make out in his truck – not described in any detail but petting is inferred.

C.J. writes lies on his blog that infer that he and Kelsey had sex and that Kelsey is a “total sex fiend”.

Kelsey encounters homeless kids on the street and interviews one of the girls she meets.

Age Appropriateness:  13 +


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