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I agree with Bethany's post that teenagers are better served if they can read realistic fiction. Including sex and drugs in a young adult novel doesn't mean the reader will automatically start doing either. But if the writer has created a believable character whose experience in these areas doesn't turn out well, I can't think of a better lesson for someone to learn vicariously.

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  • Judaye Streett

    I could not agree with you more. I have a niece who is about to turn thirteen next week, and I am going to buy her books in which characters suffer and destroy their families and own lives through the use of drugs and sex. I hope she gets the lesson. She is a beautiful, intelligent young woman/girl who deserves the very best this world has to offer. I cannot see how reading about or having knowlege that certain choices can cause pain and suffering can hurt her.