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How old should someone be before reading this book?

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Elaine Sabin-Simpson I don't believe in censoring what kids read- if they're old enough to pick up books without pictures, and can manage the level of the vocabulary, let them get on with it.
Pamela I too think around 15. I found this book very eye opening. When i read this book i was just coming out in the 80's. It was the rave around then. It was good to read then and still.
Yve I was 17 when I first read this book. I think someone should be around that age (15-18+) before reading it. Sex is more insinuated than explicit, but the tackling of fanatical religion and its disturbing side effects might be disturbing to younger people. And it's not a very "straightforward" novel so I think you need to be a bit older to appreciate that.
Faith Bird Any age. As long as you hold just *enough* maturity than I guess it's good to go for anyone 10+
Bäumchen I'm 28 now and I think it's the perfect age to read it ^^ Especially when you're a former christian fundamentalist who needs a long time for recovery.
Judy About 11 is just right I think. The first year of secondary school is the best time to put aside (not completley though) childish books and get your teeth into more mature reading.
Cendre I think too around 15.
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