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Sookie Stackhouse 8-copy Boxed Set - Is it good for young adults 13-14yr olds

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Initial post: Aug 13, 2010, 7:49:30 AM PDT
Can anyone tell me if it is OK for young adult readers?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2010, 5:42:29 PM PDT
M. Robinson says:
Absolutely NOT! This is very much an ADULT book, not young adult. Have you watched the show? Is this a joke?

Posted on Aug 15, 2010, 8:21:43 AM PDT
Quite honestly, I would not feel comfortable recommending this book to a 13 or 14-year-old. However, I will tell you that it mostly depends on your personal maturity level. I was kind of a black belt reader, so by the age of 10 or 11, I had pretty much devoured the entire young adult section at my local library. I began reading novels targeted at adults when I was around your age, and being twenty years old now, I don't see that it did me any harm. This book series is MUCH more chaste than the show, but there is bad language and at least one graphic sex scene per novel. Considering that you are in--what--7th/8th grade, I'm willing to bet that you have heard worse in the hallways of your school each day. And when it comes to the sex? Honestly, I have read young adult books (hello, Forever by Judy Blume), that are WAY more risque than any of Charlaine Harris's novels. In the end, it's up to you. If you have an extensive vocabulary, an enjoyment of the supernatural, and parents who don't pay too much attention to your book selections (all qualities that I possessed at the age of 13), you will probably enjoy this book. I was probably about 15 or 16 the first time that I was introduced to Charlaine Harris, so you're not that far off. My advice is to check out the first book (Dead Until Dark) from your local library, and if it is too much for you to handle, simply return it. I don't think that it will scar you for life to read a couple of bad words and a sexual situation or two.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2010, 11:13:31 AM PDT
Definitively No. And I'm liberal. This is paranormal erotica - the sex is a bit too bloody and kinky for many adults and I really wouldn't feel comfortable lending this to a 13/14 year old, no matter how mature.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010, 12:29:42 PM PDT
Cdub says:
I would say no. 13 and 14 year olds should stick with the Twilight books instead.

Posted on Sep 2, 2010, 2:06:31 PM PDT
if they watch the show, then i wouldnt see a problem the books are a lot tamer.this isnt bloddy pornography like the anita blake books.

Posted on Sep 10, 2010, 7:08:11 PM PDT
I own them all. I would not recommend these to anyone under the age of 18. Subject matter, some sexual encounters and language all are used. Definitely not for minors.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2010, 6:25:42 AM PDT
Keith B. says:
The show and the books have little at all in common beyond character names and basic plot outlines... But I still wouldn't recommend the books for younger readers.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010, 4:52:37 PM PDT
M. Johnston says:
I agree with most all other posters...these are definitely not for that age bracket. No.. No.. No... even a mature 14 yr old does not need to read these books. As others have said, they are not on the level of Anita Blake or J R Ward but it is still mainly adult content, it can get a little graphic with the sex and way graphic with the violence.
However, I am a reader of the Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark-Hunter-verse books, while those are not for early teens she has released a teen novel called Infinity....Chronicles of Nick. It is a teen novel about one of the characters that in the adult books becomes a very pivotal character. I read it because I am a rabid Kenyon Minion ;-) and because I love the character of Nick Gautier. In these books he is around 14-15 and the first book, Infinity, is mainly about zombies and it is appropriate for a 13-14 year old to read. These are my thoughts & opinions, no more, no less and I am a mother btw so I feel you. Happy reading !

Posted on Sep 23, 2010, 9:09:50 AM PDT
Absolutely not. Sometimes it is a bit much for me and I'm 31.

Posted on Oct 1, 2010, 11:28:39 AM PDT
No way for 13-14. These books are steamy. Steamy in the same way that romance novels can be steamy. Very little foul language but the books are way to graphic for young adults.

Posted on Aug 5, 2011, 10:36:51 AM PDT
Stephanie says:
No! Nor would I advise them to let a 13-14 year old watch the show. There is way too many adult theames.

Posted on Sep 16, 2011, 1:09:17 PM PDT
Marcia says:
No, these books are not for young teens. There is graphic violence and sex. There are a lot of paranormal romance authors that write for young adults, and they are good reads, but his series should be considered rated R. It is an excellent series for those who are old enough! I love the stories and mystery.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011, 8:43:21 AM PST
Mighty Mouse says:
Psh. I was watching decapitation videos by 13. It all depends on your personal maturity level, as S. Coleman said. Some people can handle things at an earlier age than others can. If you can handle the average horror film, action movie, or spongebob squarepants, you should be able to handle some words in a book.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011, 9:02:43 AM PST
M Robinson says:
It's not that you can "handle" it or not. It's about what is or isn't appropriate. This series is not appropriate for children/young teens.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2013, 9:03:37 AM PDT
The show is done by HBO which means that it is extremely racy. True Blood is much more sexually explicit, in fact, than the books.
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