Aug 20, 2014
I just couldn't take this book. It was so well regarded and I've enjoyed other books by John Green but something about the setting and characters didn't work for me. It takes place in apparently the worst boarding school ever. Where there's little to no supervision aside from one teacher who runs after those who are obviously misbehaving (and rarely catches them). The kids smoke (and smoke and smoke, smoking is almost a subplot it's used so much) and drink and hang out in rooms of the opposite sex with no oversight at all which I find totally unrealistic for a school that's housing minors. The characters seem to be caricatures of the troubled and lonely and the main character doesn't even think twice before taking a cigarette or drinking.
Appropriateness: This is certainly not a book for young teens. There are fairly graphic descriptions of sexual acts. The characters drink and smoke and do drugs as a major plot point in the book. I would recommend it to teens 16+
Aug 15, 2014
I recommend this book for kids from 4-8
Aug 10, 2014
This book was a ton of fun and a bit silly. Kari, who has all these super spy abilities also makes some silly mistakes and conveniently her friends have all the skills that she needs to solve the mystery. I did enjoy the book and couldn't put it down.
Appropriateness: There is no adult content in this book and only a bit of romance. I recommend this book to readers 12-16.
Aug 5, 2014
I recommend this book for kids 9 and up (they're too difficult for young kids).
Jul 30, 2014
This is a fantastic fantasy. I loved reading all the evil things that pretty Sophie did and the kind things that Agatha did. The school and it's world is fascinating to read about. The book is very long but kept me interested throughout. I loved the strong female characters in this book. It's not often that you find fantasy that's held with a pair of solid female leads. I can't wait until the next book comes out.
Appropriateness: This is a fantastic book that will be enjoyed by middle grade readers 9-14 (it is very long so take that into consideration when deciding if it's right for your child).
Jul 25, 2014
I recommend this book for kids 4-8