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Post by nikkyteewhy » 06 May 2018, 15:12

I'll recommend it to teenagers and young adults.

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Post by Ohno_Cosmo » 06 May 2018, 18:43

Cristal2408 wrote:
26 Apr 2018, 19:25
Human314 wrote:
25 Apr 2018, 11:33
I think it should be read by teenagers. In order to open a dialogue about alcoholism and the importance of the parent to child relationship.
I agree. The main character himself is a teenager which facilitates the understanding of the message in the book. It could be read in a literature class in high school so the context and themes of the wisdom of age can be better analyzed. I think it is still not appropriate for children (12 under), as it is the kind of book where the older the better.
I concur. If teens are not allowed to read about this kind of stuff, where will they learn it? It is better for them to read about sex and alcoholism from a book chosen by their parents than other ways. Even if they pick the book up themselves that is good.

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Post by Erick Bixen » 07 May 2018, 14:43

Supergirl1 wrote:
27 Apr 2018, 02:27
I think this book is appropriate for teenagers and young adults.
I equally propose this.

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Post by Faithmwangi » 08 May 2018, 05:10

I agree that age 16 and above would be suitable for this book.

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Post by lisamcogutu » 08 May 2018, 06:58

Human314 wrote:
25 Apr 2018, 11:33
I think it should be read by teenagers. In order to open a dialogue about alcoholism and the importance of the parent to child relationship.
Yeah, yeah, I agree.

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Post by Ginnamassa19 » 09 May 2018, 09:13

Perhaps teens and up? There may be some themes (e.g. alcoholism, abuse) that might not be so suitable for younger teens, but maybe 15++ would be a good age? These are topics that must be brought to their attention (especially since they unfortunately seem quite topical in today's society), and this book is as good a starting point as any :)

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Post by haleygerstenberg » 13 May 2018, 22:54

Cristal2408 wrote:
26 Apr 2018, 19:25
Human314 wrote:
25 Apr 2018, 11:33
I think it should be read by teenagers. In order to open a dialogue about alcoholism and the importance of the parent to child relationship.
I agree. The main character himself is a teenager which facilitates the understanding of the message in the book. It could be read in a literature class in high school so the context and themes like the wisdom of age can be better analyzed. I think it is still not appropriate for children (12 under), as it is the kind of book where the older the better.
Yeah, I think difficult topics like this are really best for younger audiences when they're read in some sort of community / when there's open discussion around them to help process the harder parts and really get to the meaningful takeaways that can be gotten. I wonder if this sort of reading is helpful or hurtful to students who have dealt with problems similar to those in the book... I'd think it would provide a vehicle for processing through their experiences, but I don't really know.

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Post by arcie72 » 14 May 2018, 03:03

Many children younger than a teenager go through extreme hardships that makes them grow up to fast. Some are broken but most persevere as children are resilient. With that said, I would recommend this book for High School sophomores and above with a disclaimer to the students so they can prepare themselves mentally/emotionally if these are triggers for them.

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Post by Bookmermaid » 15 May 2018, 16:04

I would recommend for students who were fourteen years and older. Based on the reviews, I read on this forum, the narrative style appears to be appealing to any reader. Moreover, as the protagonist of the novel is sixteen this creates a further appeal to younger persons. Greater discussion and preparation for wholesome and uncomplicated relationships need to occur in educational settings.

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Post by Nena_Morena » 21 May 2018, 21:30

I wouldn't exclude young teenagers from reading this book, because I think that Natalie's courage, strength, and determination could inspire a lot of them that are going through similar situations.

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Post by Fuzzy456 » 22 May 2018, 05:42

I would suggest 16 years and older. We are living in a very fast paced society these days with social media and technology. I think a 16 year old is quite able to understand this topic and may even be an eye opener to one of their friends that may be being abused.

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Post by zilipendwa » 22 May 2018, 09:36

I would recommend this book to junior readers so as to expose them to parent child relationship

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Post by zilipendwa » 22 May 2018, 09:37

Fuzzy456 wrote:
22 May 2018, 05:42
I would suggest 16 years and older. We are living in a very fast paced society these days with social media and technology. I think a 16 year old is quite able to understand this topic and may even be an eye opener to one of their friends that may be being abused.
I equally agree with this.

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Post by zilipendwa » 22 May 2018, 09:39

Erick Bixen wrote:
03 May 2018, 02:47
I would recommend this book to teens since they will learn their roles in the family.
This looks fine

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Post by zilipendwa » 22 May 2018, 09:42

arcie72 wrote:
14 May 2018, 03:03
Many children younger than a teenager go through extreme hardships that makes them grow up to fast. Some are broken but most persevere as children are resilient. With that said, I would recommend this book for High School sophomores and above with a disclaimer to the students so they can prepare themselves mentally/emotionally if these are triggers for them.
Yes, a high school student will find this book to be fine.

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