Book review by Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Sixth-grader faces bullying bestie in sweet, queer story.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 14+

Better for Young Adults

There are elements that support being inclusive to all, but was disappointed to see some of the sexual innuendo and verbiage that was present in the book. One of the characters mentions wanting to see another character, "without clothes on." As well as some other crass comments about females bodies. I feel that this may not be appropriate for the publisher's age range of 8-12. I'm also curious if the age range given would be mature enough to handle the language, topics covered, and slang being said. I worry they would take it out of context or use the words in real-life, incorrectly or inappropriately. I see this book being much appropriate and valuable to the age range of 14-16+ than 8-12.
age 9+
Now in middle school, Rick and his best friend Jeff (who ends up not being a good friend) experience crushes, homework and the Rainbow Spectrum club, a way to meet people of different genders and identities, which Jeff despises.

This title has:

Too much swearing

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