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Subject: The Other Boleyn Girl-Phillipa Gregory- a question
Date Posted: 2/18/2009 10:05 PM ET
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How is this on content for a 13 yr old? Are there explicit sexual/violence/language themes? Thanks.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 10:10 AM ET
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This is in my TBR pile.  I haven't read it yet though.  I'll let you know what I think.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 11:43 AM ET
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I don't know if this book would be appropriate for a 13-year-old. There is some questionable, though historically correct, language and sexual themes that are not just brushed over. However, I guess it would depend on the 13-year-old. If this book had been around when I was 13 I would have read it, but I also read Roots when I was in middle school and that had some “explicit” parts. Hope this helps!

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 11:57 AM ET
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I saw the movie and wouldn't think there was anything inappropriate. It deals with some serious themes - infidelity, longing, dictatorship, evil, and ***spoiler*** has a sad ending.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 2:49 PM ET
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I read the book awhile back and enjoyed it but...there was implied incest  and a lot of marital infidelity. There were references to sex acts . The language wasn't too bad, however, they used a form of the c-word and f-word multiple times. Women were treated as sex objects at the time and this book definitely illustrates that point.

My mom would have freaked out if I read it when I was 13, but I was brought up in a very conservative Southern Baptist home.  When I was in junior high, she read everything that might be inapropriate before she allowed me to read it.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 9:35 PM ET
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eek-thanks-this book will have to wait several years

Date Posted: 2/27/2009 4:22 PM ET
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I read this when I was about that age (maybe I was about 15, I can't remember), and I LOVED it. However, there are a lot of underlying sexual themes, incest, infidelity, etc. I guess it just depends on her maturity level. I was pretty mature at that age.

Subject: Other Suggestions?
Date Posted: 3/31/2009 10:22 AM ET
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I have a 13 year old avid reader.....and I would not suggest The Other Boylen Girl.  But two suggestions I would make (that my 13 year old devoured) is the Twilight Series and Kissed By An Angel.

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 1:13 PM ET
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I agree, The Other Boleyn Girl has some fairly mature themes. If she enjoys historicals, the Sunfire teen romance series is old (mid-80s) but might interest her. Lots of action, clean language, and PG romantic triangles set in a variety of historical periods.

IMO some of the best were:
Kathleen by Candice Ransom (Set in Boston after an Irish teen flees the Potato Famine)
Caroline by Willo Davis Roberts (Set during the gold rush)
Amanda by Candice Ransom (Set on the Oregon Trail)
Elizabeth by Willo Davis Roberts (Set in Salem during the witch trials)
Susannah by Candice Ransom (Involves a Southern belle during the Civil War)

There are several books in the series available here if she wanted to try one.

Date Posted: 4/14/2009 11:09 AM ET
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There's a book that I've read, it's YA and it's about Anne's cousin. It's called The King's Rose. She might be interested in that.