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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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The 5th Wave

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Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Number of Pages:  480 (hard cover)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 12 and up

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

Language:  some profanity
Sex: minimal kissing
Drug/Alcohol Use:  none
Violence: extreme violence, prevalent death as humans are subject to complete genocide
Social Issues:  alien invasion, death of parents, destruction of humanity, plague, dystopian world
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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Carter Finally Gets It

carterfinallygetsitTitle: Carter Finally Gets It
Author: Brent Crawford
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Number of Pages:  320 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 13-17

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

Language:  mild profanity, use of the word “bitch” and other name calling, some crude humor
Sex: kissing, making out, light petting, references to having sex, references to masturbation
Drug/Alcohol Use:  characters drink and attend parties
Violence: minor fighting, physical competitiveness in football setting
Social Issues:  going to high school, dating, rumor-spreading, teen drinking
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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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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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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