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Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2019
I made the mistake of thinking this sequel to Holes would be just like the original, which I enjoyed and did not have concerns about. BIG mistake!!! Now I might be a bit naive, and some may think I shelter my kids, but I believe it's my job as a parent to keep inappropriate things from my children's minds as long as possible. My 13 year old daughter was assigned to read this book for a homeschool co-op class. I didn't preview it or read any reviews, based on the fact that Holes was good. By the time she pushed herself through chapter 16, she finally spoke up and told me she didn't think she should be reading it. I researched it on Common Sense Media, read the first 17 chapters myself, and I totally agree. Stay away from this book if you believe your children do not need to be exposed to sexual song lyrics, inappropriate language (h---, d--n, etc.) & clothing (described, not pictured), lots of references to drugs & alcohol, extramarrital affairs, etc. I'm truly disgusted by this book!