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Subject: Parental Book Warning!!
Date Posted: 5/27/2008 1:00 PM ET
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I just finished Prey (Lurlene McDaniel) by Lurlene Mcdaniel

I really enjoyed this book, but I must say, for a book that's classified as YA, in my opinion it shouldn't be read by anyone under say 17 or so.  It's all about a 15 year old boy who is in a relationship with his 33 year old teacher.  And while to an adult mind you can see where this is wrong I don't think it is written in a way where a teen would get that point.  It almost made it out to be that they didn't get alot of punishment and it wasn't all that bad.  So for anyone who might pick this up for their teen you may want to read it first and use your own judgment on whether your teen is mature enough to read this book.

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 9:50 PM ET
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Thanks for the warning.  I haven't read any of Lurlene McDaniel's books, but was considering ordering one for DD in the future.  I'll know to be careful now.

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 12:35 PM ET
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I know that I read one of her earlier series when I was much younger and they were all about sick kids, ect.

That's why I was very surprised by this one.

Date Posted: 5/30/2008 11:53 PM ET
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About 1/4th to 1/3rd of the books I order in the young adult section I end up not letting my kids read.  I teach at an alternative school for at risk youth so I have to be super careful about the books I give to the kids (most are too poor to afford books and have access to only a limited library).  Quite a few i'd give to my hypothetical future children but I have to be super careful with the kids here as you never know what their parents won't allow.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 11:51 AM ET
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I see what you're saying about it. I read it back in May and though there was a bit of chaos, there didn't seem to be any dire consequences in it. I don't recall everything about it that well, though.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 4:44 AM ET
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I'm glad to see that others are concerned.  I wish there was a warning option on some YA books.  Judy Blume's "Forever" surpised me with it's graphic nature and wasn't something I wanted my children to read.  Too late, as I read it after my  daughter finished.  The 4th Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was a surprise and my daughter refused to read it.  I was completely clueless.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 8:11 AM ET
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Just because it says it's a YA book doesn't mean it's for all YA. Most come with an age recommendation inside. If it doesn't just do a little research on it & find out.

Date Posted: 8/6/2008 10:53 AM ET
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What happens in the 4th Sisterhood/Pants book?

Date Posted: 8/9/2008 7:08 PM ET
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In the fourth Sisterhood book Bridget has kind of starts a relationship with (I think) her professor, or maybe he's a teacher's assistant, and he's married.  I remember that they kissed once or twice, and that's all that I remember happening.  Nothing I wouldn't let someone 14 or 15 read though.

Date Posted: 8/9/2008 7:46 PM ET
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She also has sex with her boyfriend, although they don't describe it & call it "making love".

Date Posted: 8/9/2008 8:44 PM ET
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^^ Yes, Bridget does have sex in the first book (the movie too, it's just not on-camera).

Date Posted: 8/11/2008 10:18 AM ET
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It's in the 4th book too.