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Flat-Out Love

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Title: Flat-Out Love
Author: Jessica Parker
Publisher: Skyscape
Number of Pages:  351 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: New Adult/Ages 15-17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  18/22 – college students

Language:  mild profanity
Sex: kissing, discussion of virginity
Drug/Alcohol Use:  drinking at college party, main character gets drunk
Violence: none
Social Issues:  dysfunctional family, death of sibling, childhood trauma, parental negligence
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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The Knife of Never Letting Go

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Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking Series Book 1
Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Candlewick
Number of Pages:  496 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: grade 9 and up

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

Language:  rare profanity, limited use of the “f” word
Sex: none
Drug/Alcohol Use:  none
Violence: extreme violence, fighting, characters are wounded and/or killed
Social Issues:  dystopian world, death of a parent, misogyny, dictatorship, genocide, colonialism, terrorism, torture
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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Divergent

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Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Number of Pages:  576 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Young Adult

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

Language:  no profanity
Sex: kissing
Drug/Alcohol Use:  some characters drink alcohol, characters are injected with a serum that causes hallucinations
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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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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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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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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Altered

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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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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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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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The Year of Secret Assignments

Title:  The Year of Secret Assignments
Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Publisher: Scholastic
Number of Pages:  338 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 12 and up

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  15 years/Sophomore

Language:  mild, Australian slang
Sex: kissing
Drug/Alcohol Use:  none
Violence: none
Social Issues:  high school pranks, vandalism, leukemia, parental death
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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