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Undeclared

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Title:  Undeclared
Author: Jen Frederick
Publisher: Pear Tree LLC
Number of Pages: 258 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: New Adult

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

Language:  profanity, use of the “f” word
Sex: yes – sensual (not explicit) descriptions of sex, main character loses virginity
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 fighter, main character served as a Marine in Afghanistan
Social Issues:  underage drinking, losing virginity, first love, PTSD
Suggested Movie Grade:  R

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Crash and Burn

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Title:  Crash and Burn
Author: Michael Hassan
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Number of Pages: 544
Advertised Age Level: not specified

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):   18 years/graduated high school

Language:  profanity used throughout, use of the “f” word
Sex: main character is promiscuous, contains non-graphic depictions of sexual acts
Drug/Alcohol Use: extensive use of alcohol and marijuana by main character and his friends, use of club drugs and other substances to get high is pervasive
Violence: main character gets into fights, main character has a gun pointed at him, secondary character takes a school hostage with the intention of blowing it up
Social Issues:  dealing with ADHD/ADD, Columbine-like school violence situation, suicide, parental death, drug use, teenage sexuality, parental hypocracy, fame, being a hero
Suggested Movie Grade:  R

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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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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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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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The DUFF

Title:  The DUFF
Author: Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Poppy
Number of Pages:  304
Advertised Age Level: Grades 9-12

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

Language:  profanity, use of the “F” word
Sex: main character has a semi-graphic sexual relationship, discussions of birth control and STDs
Drug/Alcohol Use:  characters attend parties with drinking, alcoholic father returns to drinking
Violence: none
Social Issues:  divorce, alcoholism, teen sexuality, self-esteem
Suggested Movie Grade:  R

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Bumped

Title:  Bumped
Author: Megan MCCafferty
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Number of Pages:  323 (hardcover)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14 and up

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  16

Language:  no profanity
Sex: pervasive but never graphically described – procreation and pregnancy are the main themes of the story
Drug/Alcohol Use:  futuristic drugs are used to encourage sexual promiscuity and to eliminate maternal attachment to newborns so that the babies can be easily taken away from their birth mothers
Violence: none
Social Issues:  dystopia, teen sex, teen pregnancy, birth control, surrogacy, payment for babies, suicide
Suggested Movie Grade:  R

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