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Recommend? Warnings?

This book looks quite appealing, but I would like to receive recommendations and/or warnings before reading. Would you recommend this for a teenager? Or a preteen? Or does it deal with adult issues better set for young to middle aged woman? Also, what things are in the book for you to set it at such an age level? Thanks.

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Re: Recommend? Warnings?

Hi! I'm a teenager, and I read this book without really doing any research as to the content. Probably not very smart, but at the same time somewhat fortuitous... This book is absolutely beautiful. Marquez's writing style is gorgeous, and I found myself deliberately reading extremely slowly so as not to hasten the arrival of the end. I'd definitely recommend it for reading at some point in your life... As far as age level goes, I'd say definitely not preteen. Teen, maybe, depending on the maturity level. There is quite a bit of sexual content, including a few instances of very explicit description in this regard. But, honestly, I've read stuff in high school that is not quite as explicit as this, but still rather crude. It's probably a matter of personal judgment, but it's definitely worth a read sometime. Hope this helps! :smileyhappy:
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Registered: ‎10-19-2006
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Re: Recommend? Warnings?

I might be a little biased, since this is possibly my all-time favorite book, but I think it's one of those great novels that you can (and should!) read multiple times in your life. It does have a fair bit of sexual content (although so does Romeo & Juliet, which is still required reading for 9th graders in my town), so it might not be appropriate for younger teens, but I would say that it's a fantastic book for mature 11th graders and older. But as you read it again and again at different stages in your life, you will see it in a whole new light and it will be a new experience again.
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