Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: Truth or Dare & All That Glitters
Author: Nicole O'Dell
ISBN-13: #1 – 978-1-60260-399-8 and #2 – 978-1-60260-400-1
Release Date: August 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Inspirational Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 12 and up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 10-15 (see below)
Overall Rating: 2.75
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Nicole's Website: www.nicoleodell.com
Truth or Date stars Lindsay Martin. Lindsay and her three friends do everything together. This is especially true as they are starting the 8th grade year. These friends spend Friday nights together in slumber parties, rotating houses as each week passes. With these slumber parties comes the playing of a game – Truth or Dare. The games escalate, however, until some pretty tough decisions need to be made.
All That Glitters stars high school freshman Drew Daniels. Drew has an identical twin, Dani. While they have always had the same hair styles and clothing, Drew decides this year shall be different—different hair styles, different clothes and different activities. She wants to become a cheerleader and popular so the question becomes how far is she willing to go to achieve those goals.
I had some very mixed opinions on these stories. The first comes in placing it in an age category. The writing is technically more of along the lines of stories for 10-12 so older girls might find it rather simplistic. However, the subject matter is really more suited to 15 and up so I don’t know that I would have my younger daughter read it or if she could relate to it.
Because of that, I was quite conflicted on the stories themselves. I did have my daughter who is 16 read them. Carolyn didn’t feel they really talked the way teens today talked, although the subject matter is things that sophomores are dealing with.
These are books are created to allow the reader to make a decision when it comes to a crossroads. The author gives both sides of the stories so that the reader can get a feel for what might have happened either way. These are very definitely topics that teens today have to deal with. I wish it wasn’t so but I can’t change that fact.
My recommendation is that if you are going to allow your middle school child to read them, please read it first and judge whether or not your child is old enough to handle the subject matter. Each child is very different. If you have an upper classman daughter at the high school, again please talk with your child. Use it as an opportunity to open dialogue with your daughter. Truth or Date deals with buying alcohol while All That Glitters deals with drugs, alcohol and intimacy. Again, these are all topics our kids deal with but as a parent it is important to be prepared.
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