Carol Standiford I'm definitely not YA and I will buy any book that has Skink. It's time we pass on the ecological message to the kids who might actually do something more than we have. I doubt if he's toned down in this book.
Alex Melnick Not toned down exactly, but some of the excesses are moved "offstage". Skink is determined not to let the narrator (a teenage runaway) see him commit violence or hear him curse. Much of the humor comes from watching Skink trying (and often failing) to act like a responsible adult.
Jesper Donnis 100% agree watered down Hiaasen. Not recommended for adults, might be ok for children. Feels like an R-rated story mutilated in the cutting room to get it down to a PG :-)
Heather I have to admit, I like his YA novels better than the adult. I often felt sex and violence were gratuitous in the adult books, like a movie pushing to get the R rating instead of PG. I feel the same way about Gaiman.
Joy Today's youth is more knowledgeable than we realize. They are consistently exposed to everything via media which is their specialty. You see 2 and 3 year olds using ipads. They know how to email and do various things. I don't think there is anything in Skink's character that could shock today's teens.
Dianne Fries I started it without knowing it was for kids, It was a great book, and I kept wondering if I knew any children the right age, so I could give it to them.