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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Candy by Kevin Brooks

I only skimmed this one. The theme of prostitution was enough reason to skip it. Those who think that peeking at the dark side via a book is safe for tweens are only thinking of the physical body.

Safety Rating: DaVinci Pile


Anonymous,  October 29, 2009 at 8:24 PM  

I disagree, this was a very good book.

Tween Lit Crit October 29, 2009 at 9:13 PM  

We might disagree on art, too. Books, of course, are a form of art. I believe they should contribute to what is good, beautiful, and true. Like Shakespeare, that sometimes means exposes the tragic parts of humanity as well. But the purpose should be to elevate the human spirit in some way, not to use violence, sex, or vice to primarily titillate. I would argue that while this author might have talent and can weave a story, I suspect he titillated for entertainment more than revealed an important truth that engaged the intellect or brought forth beauty in something.

Not to mention that his topic should be beyond the realm of tweens unless they are jaded, sophisticated beyond their years, or unduly robbed of their innocence. That is all-too-possible nowadays. This blog is for parents who would like to postpone the loss of innocence because we deem it good. I read enough for purposes of this blog.

If I didn't read closely enough to determine it had something good to offer, I'll leave that to the adults to argue over.

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