Well, hell, since we’re all sitting around waiting for the DTP to publish our kindle books, (Oh, it’s just me and Susan?) why don’t we have a little discussion on sex in young adult novels? Glimpse recently received a 4 star review on Goodreads from a woman who said she would have given it 5, but she was not comfortable with 12-year-olds reading the “park bench” scene and she thought Glimpse was geared for tweens because of the illustrated cover.
What say you? Does Glimpse need a rating? I tried to keep the bad language and the super sexer stuff to a minimum, but not so much in Glimmer. The characters are older, they’ve been dating a while, there’s that whole supernatural trigger bond thing…MOM STOP READING NOW Listen, I was as churchy as they come in high school, but the park bench scene really happened to me when I was 15. So, do I think that’s appropriate for a 15-year-old to read? Yeah. Do I think it’s appropriate for a 12-year-old to read? Some 12-year-olds, sure. My parents didn’t give a flip what I read, but they wouldn’t let me watch the movie Little Darlings. Is it worse to learn about sex from a book or from watching it on tv?
Since I got that review I toned a few things down in Glimmer, but probably do need to suggest that people under 13 have a parent check it out first. As far as changing the cover? I love the cover and want all the books in the trilogy to have a similar feel, so I don’t think I’ll be going in a new direction with that. I think Glimpse would get even more lost in the shuffle if the cover looked like all the other Twilight and Vampire Diaries rip-offs, y’know?
I’d be especially interested in hearing what my friends with 10-12-year old daughters have to say on the subject. I know a couple of you let them read Glimpse and they enjoyed it. I gave it to my 10-year-old niece for her birthday, but told her her mom had to read it first. 🙂 I wonder if my test should be, “Did you read Breaking Dawn? Did you notice that the characters had sex?” If they were bummed by the scene, then Glimmer is for them, if not they might want to wait a couple of years.