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Post by elivia05 » 10 Jun 2018, 23:03

I feel that if this book were adapted into a movie it would be rated PG-13. Yes, it does have difficult subject matter, but teens do face these situations in the real world. I believe that it is probably best suited for mature young adults, but not for anyone under the age of 13.

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Post by Morgan Jones » 11 Jun 2018, 21:18

Late teens and above is the ideal age for the themes of alcoholism and abuse.
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Post by AWANDO OGUTU » 11 Jun 2018, 22:53

I think it suits young adults who are so obsessed with getting their freedom. It will help inform them on their life choices.

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Post by Zain A Blade » 14 Jun 2018, 14:38

I wouldn't recommend this book for children. Ideally, it should be read by teenagers age 13 and above.

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Post by AWANDO OGUTU » 14 Jun 2018, 22:11

I think it only mature to introduce the book to teenagers. They are highly likely to identify themselves with the issues discussed therein.

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Post by AWANDO OGUTU » 14 Jun 2018, 22:13

It would be premature to introduce the book to children of tender years even though they may find certain scenes in the book to be comical.

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Post by Amy+++ » 18 Jun 2018, 16:05

I think it depends on the child and the parent. If both have an open relationship already then the child should be able to read it and understand that what happens within the book is also happening around them today. So, in my opinion I think the 18 and older crowd should be able to read it. If parents try to hid this kind of thing from their kids then they are setting their children up for a rude awakening. Better to know about it now then later, because it is happening today.

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Post by KFree_Reads » 20 Jun 2018, 09:02

Due to the mature content I would recommend this book for older teens, perhaps 18 and up.

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Post by GabbiV » 20 Jun 2018, 14:30

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'd say if there are problems with alcohol in a kid's life, then maybe this book should be introduced even earlier to start to the conversation and any possible help can come earlier.

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Post by Lunastella » 21 Jun 2018, 10:15

I think it really depends on the sensitivity and backstory of the reader.
Obviously, it´s not a children-appropriate book, but at what age can teenagers read it is a question that maybe should be taken with special consideration because some topics and scenes can be really triggering and disturbing for abuse survivors. And it definitely should be accompanied by some talking or reflection about the dangers of alcoholism and the consequences of abuse.

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Post by Cardinalsparrow » 21 Jun 2018, 19:25

I think teenagers and young adults should read this book, it'll open their eyes to the mistake they're prone to.

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Post by Roggyrus » 22 Jun 2018, 18:20

This novel would be an eye-opener for teenagers. They should be forewarned of adverse situations in life.

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Post by ReviewerDiksha » 22 Jun 2018, 22:32

Because Natalie, the protagonist, is a teenager. So, I think that the main audience for this book are teenagers. All the issues of child abuse and alcoholism are something that they will be made aware of after reading the book.

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Post by Kmykel » 23 Jun 2018, 11:11

I honestly don't believe in keeping books from kids until they're "ready". If the book looks interesting to them, I'd say go for it. They can always stop reading if they feel uncomfortable, but sometimes being uncomfortable is a good thing. It makes them think.

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Post by lindsaysherlock » 23 Jun 2018, 18:50

Teens are definitely able to handle more than you'd think in books, especially older teens. I really love that this "New Adult" genre is becoming more prevalent. Being 20, a lot of YA is too young for me, but a lot of adult books are either too mature or just uninteresting. I really hope more authors will continue to start catering more towards the college age range.

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