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Post by christie_lynn33 » 03 Jan 2018, 14:21

Do you think this book is suitable for readers under the age of 15? Is it more a matter of how well they can handle more mature topics?

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Post by BookHausJ » 05 Jan 2018, 23:46

We cannot prevent a fifteen year girl or a boy to read any book that they may seen that looks interesting because of the appearance of the book. But Parents can always guide their children what to read and not to read. And let's trust their judgement and mindset. But always there to correct them if necessary.
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Post by kjoan » 06 Jan 2018, 10:44

Well considering that 14yr olds read Blaze Harlequin books that are little more than a heavily biased male view of sex, I wouldn't be shocked to see a fifteen yr old reading this book. However they might get the wrong message from it so it's definately to be left for mature readers
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Post by chrstnafd » 07 Jan 2018, 03:21

I think it depends on how we handle it. I'm only 17 but still planning to read it. But if you think the scences are a bit of too much, we could always ask for a parental consent. We are still minors by the way.

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Post by melissy370 » 07 Jan 2018, 17:01

You certainly can not prevent a young person from reading anything they are dead set on. However, I would encourage them away from this book because of the content.

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Post by kwahu » 08 Jan 2018, 02:07

We can always employ parental guidance on such matters where a book contain explicit content. This will prevent young readers from getting the wrong message.

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Post by Roggyrus » 09 Jan 2018, 08:11

Unfortunately, due to the technology available to the young nowadays, there is virtually very little chance we could police the viewing or reading preference of the minors. If we could effectively restrict the minors from reading, say this book, they still have access to much worse media.

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Post by DustinPBrown » 09 Jan 2018, 15:02

The sex scenes aren't described in a very literary way imo, so I wouldn't think it would be good for anyone under 16 or 17.

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Post by tonysgirl0805 » 10 Jan 2018, 11:05

I have not read this book yet but based on the reviews I have read it seems to be pretty explicit. Kids see these things on TV and in movies so if they are not getting them from books they are getting it somewhere else. These days kids that age are having sex and even getting pregnant sad but true. So if they are mature enough to have sex why not read about it? I would think in the end it would be up to the parents to make this decision though they would be the one buying it in the end you would think.
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Post by HeatherTasker » 10 Jan 2018, 14:49

Roggyrus wrote:
09 Jan 2018, 08:11
Unfortunately, due to the technology available to the young nowadays, there is virtually very little chance we could police the viewing or reading preference of the minors. If we could effectively restrict the minors from reading, say this book, they still have access to much worse media.
This is a very good point.

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Post by HeatherTasker » 10 Jan 2018, 14:54

tonysgirl0805 wrote:
10 Jan 2018, 11:05
I have not read this book yet but based on the reviews I have read it seems to be pretty explicit. Kids see these things on TV and in movies so if they are not getting them from books they are getting it somewhere else. These days kids that age are having sex and even getting pregnant sad but true. So if they are mature enough to have sex why not read about it? I would think in the end it would be up to the parents to make this decision though they would be the one buying it in the end you would think.
I agree it should be up to the parents, though sometimes it'd be nice if there was some kind of rough guide to what age group a child should be in to read a book.

Whenever I'm in doubt about a book or movie I check it out first. If it's a little questionable, we have a conversation about it first. If it's out of bounds, I will give examples as to why and tell my son when might be a better time.

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Post by Naresh607 » 10 Jan 2018, 22:08

I don't think it is appropriate for children under 15 not even under parental guidance

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Post by Al Chakauya » 11 Jan 2018, 04:06

tonysgirl0805 wrote:
10 Jan 2018, 11:05
I have not read this book yet but based on the reviews I have read it seems to be pretty explicit. Kids see these things on TV and in movies so if they are not getting them from books they are getting it somewhere else. These days kids that age are having sex and even getting pregnant sad but true. So if they are mature enough to have sex why not read about it? I would think in the end it would be up to the parents to make this decision though they would be the one buying it in the end you would think.
I partially agree with you, one way or the other the 15 year-olds are going to be exposed to explicit scenes somehow. It is up to adults to guide the young ones. Personally I don't think the book is suitable for 15 year-olds; I actually think books with explicit content such as this one should have a 'not suitable for under 16' tag on them.

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Post by tonysgirl0805 » 11 Jan 2018, 12:03

I understand where you are coming from I honestly do but how do you think they are going to be prevented from accessing this?
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Post by tonysgirl0805 » 11 Jan 2018, 12:07

HeatherTasker wrote:
10 Jan 2018, 14:54
tonysgirl0805 wrote:
10 Jan 2018, 11:05
I have not read this book yet but based on the reviews I have read it seems to be pretty explicit. Kids see these things on TV and in movies so if they are not getting them from books they are getting it somewhere else. These days kids that age are having sex and even getting pregnant sad but true. So if they are mature enough to have sex why not read about it? I would think in the end it would be up to the parents to make this decision though they would be the one buying it in the end you would think.
I agree it should be up to the parents, though sometimes it'd be nice if there was some kind of rough guide to what age group a child should be in to read a book.

Whenever I'm in doubt about a book or movie I check it out first. If it's a little questionable, we have a conversation about it first. If it's out of bounds, I will give examples as to why and tell my son when might be a better time.
I agree those are both great ideas!
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