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Parental Reviews Of Non-Parental Books

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie

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Title: Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
Author: David Lubar
Publisher: Penguin Group
Number of Pages:  288 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 12-17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  14 – 9th grade

Language:  no profanity, use of the word “bitch”
Sex: none
Drug/Alcohol Use:  none
Violence: bullying, main character gets beat up by a bully
Social Issues:  unrequited love, bullying, illiteracy, attempted suicide
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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The Edumacation of Jay Baker

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Title: The Edumacation of Jay Baker
Author: Jay Clark
Publisher: Square Fish
Number of Pages:  288 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14-17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  15 – 9th grade

Language:  some profanity, use of the “F” word, name-calling
Sex: kissing, main character references masturbation and physical affects of attraction, joking references to teen pregnancy
Drug/Alcohol Use:  one character’s parent is an alcoholic, references to smoking marijuana
Violence: bullying, two characters get into a minor fight
Social Issues:  dysfunctional family, first love, bullying, divorce, parental adultery, unrequited love
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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Anna and the French Kiss

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Title:  Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Penguin Group
Number of Pages: 384 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 12 and up

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

Language:  limited profanity, limited use of the “f” word
Sex: kissing, vague references to sex
Drug/Alcohol Use:  characters get drunk
Violence: characters get into small fights
Social Issues:  first love, experiencing new cultures, independence, dysfunctional families
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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Tales From Foster High

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Title:  Tales From Foster High (originally released as three short story titles: Maybe With a Chance of Certainty, The End of the Beginning, and Raise Your Glass)
Author: John Goode
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Number of Pages: 240 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Not specified

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

Language:  use of profanity, use of the “f” word
Sex: kissing, moderate descriptions of some sexual acts
Drug/Alcohol Use:  references to one character drinking and getting drunk, parents consume alcohol, reference to parent smoking marijuana
Violence: main characters get in fist fights, one character is beaten by a group of boys, father strikes son
Social Issues:  homosexuality, coming out, bullying, homophobia, discrimination, child abuse, child neglect
Suggested Movie Grade:  R

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The Raven Boys

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Title:  The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Number of Pages: 416 (hardcover)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 13-17 years

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):   17, juniors in high school

Language:  limited profanity, use of the “f” word
Sex: none – one character dreams about kissing another
Drug/Alcohol Use:  references to one main character drinking beer and getting drunk
Violence: one character suffers child abuse, one character is robbed at gunpoint, one character frequently gets into fist fights
Social Issues:  child abuse, death of parent, magic, wealth versus poverty, murder
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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Something Like Normal

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Title:  Something Like Normal
Author: Trish Doller
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Number of Pages: 224 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14-17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):   19, graduated from high school

Language:  profanity, use of the “f” word
Sex: yes – no descriptions, but main character has sex with his ex-girlfriend, two characters lose their virginity
Drug/Alcohol Use:  drinking, mention of pot use
Violence: main character is a Marine who was deployed to Afghanistan and he suffers flashbacks of attacks and death of fellow soldiers, main character gets hit in the face more than once
Social Issues:  horrors of war, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, death of a best friend, dysfunctional family, parental infidelity
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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Beautiful Disaster

Title:  Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Atria Books
Number of Pages: 432 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: not specified New Adult

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):   Freshman and older in college

Language:  profanity, use of the “f” word
Sex: yes – sensual (not explicit) descriptions of sex, main character loses virginity, one character is very promiscuous, mention of condom and birth control pill usage
Drug/Alcohol Use:  drinking at a parties, main characters get drunk on multiple occasions
Violence: one main character is a mixed martial arts/fight club champion, main character frequently hits other people when enraged or jealous
Social Issues:  co-dependency, anger management problems, obsessive/unhealthy relationships, loss of virginity, loss of parent, gambling, extortion by mafia
Suggested Movie Grade:  R

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Easy

Title:  Easy
Author: Tammara Webber
Publisher: Penguin Group
Number of Pages: 336 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 18 and up

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):   Sophomore in college

Language:  some profanity, use of the “f” word
Sex: yes – sensual (not explicit) descriptions of sex, characters are not virgins, one character is nearly raped
Drug/Alcohol Use:  drinking at a party
Violence: main character is assaulted and nearly raped, several fights between male characters, attack and murder of a parent although not described
Social Issues:  rape and sexual assault, self-identity, breaking up with significant other, self-defense, overcoming tragedy
Suggested Movie Grade:  R

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Code Name Verity

Title:  Code Name Verity
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Number of Pages:  352 (hardcover)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14-17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  not specified – early 20s

Language:  no profanity
Sex: no sex
Drug/Alcohol Use:  drinking of cognac socially
Violence: intense allusions to torture, war setting, characters are killed in action, one character is guillotined
Social Issues:  horror of war, valor and heroism, feminism, friendship, self-sacrifice
Suggested Movie Grade:  R for violence

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Code Talker

Title:  Code Talker
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Publisher: Penguin Group
Number of Pages:  240 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 10 – 17

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

Language:  no profanity
Sex: none
Drug/Alcohol Use:  references to adult soldiers drinking beer, references to veterans using alcohol to forget the horrors of war
Violence: descriptions of intense battle scenes although not graphic
Social Issues:  horrors of war, oppression of indigenous peoples, discrimination, self-worth
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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