Age Appropriate

Parental Reviews Of Non-Parental Books

Eleanor and Park

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Title:  Eleanor and Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Number of Pages:  336
Advertised Age Level: not specified, Young Adult

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  16 years

Language:  includes profanity, limited use of the “f” word
Sex: kissing, vague references to petting
Drug/Alcohol Use:  parental drinking and alcoholism, some kids drink beer, references to smoking pot
Violence: main character is subjected to physical abuse, main character gets into a fight
Social Issues:  bullying, child abuse, first love
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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Catherine

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Title:  Catherine
Author: April Lindner
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young People
Number of Pages: 320 (hard cover)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14-17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):   16-18 years

Language:  no profanity
Sex: kissing, main character loses virginity but not described
Drug/Alcohol Use:  adults drink
Violence: main characters are threatened at gunpoint, main character is murdered
Social Issues:  first love, dysfunctional families, disappearance of a parent
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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The Trouble With Flirting

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Title:  The Trouble With Flirting
Author: Claire LaZebnik
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of Pages: 313 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 13 and up

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):   17/18 – summer between Junior and Senior year

Language:  no profanity
Sex: kissing
Drug/Alcohol Use:  characters use fake IDs to buy alcohol in a club, characters smoke cigarettes
Violence: none
Social Issues:  first love, love triangles
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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Slake’s Limbo

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Title:  Slake’s Limbo
Author: Felice Holman
Publisher: Aladdin
Number of Pages:  126 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 9-12

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  13 years

Language:  no profanity
Sex: none
Drug/Alcohol Use:  references to kids drinking and taking pills
Violence: main character is the victim of bullies – gets chased and beat up but not described
Social Issues:  bullying, child neglect, homelessness
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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Lola and the Boy Next Door

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Title:  Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Penguin Group
Number of Pages: 384 (hard cover)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14 and up

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):   17/18 – seniors in high school/freshman in college

Language:  limited profanity, limited use of the “f” word
Sex: kissing, main character has sex with boyfriend but never graphically described
Drug/Alcohol Use:  one adult character drinks and smokes marijuana, Lola’s mother is a substance abuser
Violence: none
Social Issues:  first love, dating an older person, gay parents, being yourself, dysfunctional parent
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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The Second Base Club

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Title: The Second Base Club
Author: Greg Trine
Publisher: Square Fish
Number of Pages:  224 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14-18

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  16 – 10th grade

Language:  limited profanity
Sex: kissing, very vague references to sex
Drug/Alcohol Use:  drinking at a party, boys put “date rape” drugs into girls’ drinks
Violence: main character is attacked
Social Issues:  sexual urges, date rape, being one’s self
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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Under the Never Sky

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Title: Under the Never Sky
Author: Veronica Rossi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Number of Pages:  400 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14-17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  17+

Language:  no profanity
Sex: kissing, main character loses virginity but not graphically described
Drug/Alcohol Use:  characters drink “Luster” and get drunk
Violence: extreme violence, fighting, characters are wounded and/or killed
Social Issues:  government conspiracy, dystopian world, death of a parent
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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Title: Altered
Author: Jennifer Rush
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages:  323 (hard cover)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 12-17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  17

Language:  use of the “F” word
Sex: kissing
Drug/Alcohol Use:  none, although characters receive experimental drugs to alter their DNA and erase their memories
Violence: extreme violence, gun shootouts, characters are shot and killed, fighting
Social Issues:  government conspiracy, genetically altering people
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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The Fault In Our Stars

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Title: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publisher: Penguin Group
Number of Pages:  336 (hard cover)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14-17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  17

Language:  some profanity
Sex: kissing, main characters lose their virginity but this is not described in any detail
Drug/Alcohol Use:  characters drink champagne, secondary character is an alcoholic
Violence: none
Social Issues:  cancer, death of a young person
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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Stealing Parker

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Title:  Stealing Parker
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks/Fire
Number of Pages:  256 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 13-17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  17 years/12th grade

Language:  some profanity, use of the “F” word
Sex: non-explicit descriptions of heavy petting, kissing, inappropriate relationships
Drug/Alcohol Use:  one secondary character is a drug addict, characters drink alcohol
Violence: none
Social Issues:  promiscuity, inappropriate relationship with a teacher, homosexuality, drug abuse, social ostracism, abuse of power, borderline eating disorder
Suggested Movie Grade:  R

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