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Love2read34
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Common Sense ratings- good or bad?

Okay, so personally, I hate common sense. They dissect every litle part of the book, spoiling some plots and making parents not allow the teens to read the books. Take Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen, the rating is 14+, ok not bad, but when you hit more, it breaks it down: Drugs- 

"All the teens (mostly 18-year-olds) drink almost nightly at keggers, parties, and clubs. Adults, mostly Auden's mother, drink frequently; one offers Auden wine."

Language- 

"Brief occasional use of swear words, most by female characters: "Jesus," "s--t," "hell," "bitch," "sucked," "pissed."" Sucked and pissed are not swear words.

Sex-

"Auden hooks up with a guy the first night they meet, makes out, and takes her shirt and bra off. Later there is a very non-graphic recall of losing her virginity with Eli. References to Auden's mother seducing and sleeping with grad students. Auden's father starts dating before his divorce; his girlfriend then becomes pregnant before they marry." WHAT? Auden did not sleep with Eli and I do not recall her taking her bra off with Jake.

They also go one to say Consumerism, Violence and Social Behavior. WHO CARES? Since this book is made for teens, why should the parents be so critical of what they're reading. This is just how I feel. Please respond and let me know if I'm not overreacting.

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Re: Common Sense ratings- good or bad?

I do not think you are over reacting. I read Along For the Ride and from what i read you wrote from the Commen sense ratings, I have never read some of that in the book. They seem to exaggerate some things way too much. I am so glad my mom does not read Common Sense ratings before i buy a book.

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Re: Common Sense ratings- good or bad?

oh my gosh i had no clue what you guys were talking about so i looked it up.  i just read hush, hush so i looked to see what they said and they totally dramatize everything.  the books not even like that.  good thing my mom never read this things when i was younger.  she probably still wouldn't have cared because my mom is just like that but anyways...this site is crazy these people are crazy.  its just a book!

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I hate those darn common sense ratings

especially the consumerism y in the world does that matter if it mentions a brand

also the common sense rating for the mortal instruments is totally wrong

they rate it up just bcuz "a major character is gay"

does that really matter

it dsnt go graphically into it

 

my friends mom read that and wldnt allow my friend to read it

but she did anyway and loved it

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Re: Common Sense ratings- good or bad?

i hate em too

i agree with everyone they make everything dramatic

& i read along for the ride, and do not recall that stuff being so dramatic! I dont even think some of that happened in the book

my parents dont even care what i read, ad im glad they do not read these not-so-common sense thingys; they would seriously freak about me from they way these things exaggerate everything

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Re: Common Sense ratings- good or bad?

Glad to see i'm not the only one who thinks this :smileyhappy:

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Re: Common Sense ratings- good or bad?

When I first started reading my mom was a little bit worried about what I was reading, but now I read to many books for her to "keep track of" so I don't have to really worry about it.

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Love2read34
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Re: Common Sense ratings- good or bad?

my mom doesn't track what i read either but the ratings annoy me cuz what if a parent does track it? They're not going to let their kid read an amazing book!

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Re: Common Sense ratings- good or bad?

luckily, my parents dont really care what I read, they let me read what i want.  but i would be so mad if they checked that website.  Auden definately never slept with Eli in Along for the Ride, unless i seriously missed a big part of that book.lol

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Re: Common Sense ratings- good or bad?

i dont think they shouold disect books like that- i mean we are teenagers, you know?

but my parents dont care at all, so yeah...

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Re: Common Sense ratings- good or bad?

Yeah I agree, but in some ways I really don't care cause my parents let me read whatever I want to too.


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Re: Common Sense ratings- good or bad?

When I was a teenager my parents let me read whatever I wanted... Unless it was something crazy like the satanic bible (NO I never read it... I'm just giving an example).  But now thinking as an adult I wonder what I would and would not let my kids read.  Lets discuss further....

 

I guess it would depend on the maturity of my child and what age they were at the time.  For instance if I had a 13 year old daughter and she wanted to read a Charlaine Harris book I  wouldn't allow it, but if I had maybe a late 15 or early 16 year old that wanted to read the same book I don't think it would be a problem.  But if my 13 year old daughter wanted to read breaking dawn (in which there are sex scenes just not as graphic as say Charlaine Harris) I would have no objection.

 

Would I use a website like commonsensemedia?  I honestly don't know.  I would like to say I would be a "cool" parent and not but that is BS I probably would.  Would I take everything it says to heart?  No, I would probably hop onto a book club discussion board like this one and ask anyone if they read it and is it as bad as the website says.  Or if I have some free time I would skim thru the book and see if I feel it would be acceptable for my child/children.

 

Anyway that is my two sense, but I don't think I will ever know how I would handle a situation until one arisen (hopefully not for a very long time).  Anyway try not to be to hard on your parents they are only doing what they feel is best for you... Even if you think it is foolish (which it probably is).

 

 

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Re: Common Sense ratings- good or bad?

I know, I HATE it! >:{

 

Half the books I want, I can't have because of that STUPIED thing!  I makes me so mad!

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I looked up a few of the books I've read they totally made tooooo dramatic!

Then I looked up The Lovley Bones and they said it was for 17 and older!  It's a TEEN book, teens are 13 and up, not 17!

 

It makes me so made.

I'm glad you started this, I was going to say something, but I didn't want to sound rude, but I 100% HATE it. 


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My Dad doesn't care what I read, but my Mom does and she'll read those things and I'll never be able to read it.  Ex- We were @ B and N store and I picked up the book EverMoore or something like that and on the back it said she meets a guy and starts falling in love with him, ect, ect.  Then she's like this is to old for you!  And I'm thinking- what the heck?  Really.

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Re: Common Sense ratings- good or bad?

I get your point of view JDiennoPSU

it all depends on how mature you are really

but, these common sense ratings can be to dramatic & in the case of Along for the Ride, take things completely to far

They should just bring it down a few notches; its not like 10 year olds are reading these YA books

& maybe parents should trust their teen a bit not to read really strong porno books? I mean nobody really writes anything that dramatic anyway except those strong adult romance books we see

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Re: Common Sense ratings- good or bad?

I totally agree with you! Why should people who over exaggerate tell us what books are ok to read? Its bad enough we don't have a lot of freedom and rights as adults do because we are teenagers and now? They are trying to tell us what books to read?? What has our society come to if it's "wrong" to read books with "swear" words? All these rules. I'm glad my parents don't give a care what I read. But one of my mom's friends is like that. She is always telling my mom "You need to be reading what your kids are reading, or You have to restrict them from certain books" bla bla bla. Any of yall agree?

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Re: Common Sense ratings- good or bad?

I totally agree! i have one friend who's mom wouldn't let her read Twilight because she thought vampires are evil. But anyway, a couple years ago and even now, there have been things were people are practically begging kids to read, saying that's it good for them. If they want us to read so much, why shouldn't we read what we choose?

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I hate the ratings for the fact that if you read any of it, it ruins parts of the book. And really, kisses in books between a couple is suppose to be cute even magical but the common sense rating acts like its an evil act. I'm an adult so I control what I read but I do occassionally read some teen books and the rating scale is dumb in my opinion. Not trying to be rude but whoever said The Lovely Bones was a teen book its actually not, you wont find it in the teen section but in the fiction section. So I can understand why that book is rated higher up in age level.

I understand the levels are there because parents want to make sure their kids are not reading things that are too mature for them but this system is over reacting.

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