On Guard review by Booklover1111
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Age Range - 8 - 12
Genre - Fiction

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Age at time of review - 12
Reviewer's Location - Orange City, IA, United States
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This book is about 17-year-old Mercedes, who loves basketball. Mercedes has a lot of things going on in her life right now. Some of these include college basketball scouts watching her, and also she is trying to break the record for most three-pointers ever in high school basketball in Alabama. She is also dealing with her sister, Callie, who is getting sucked into the “gang” life and a younger brother who is following in Callie’s footsteps. Mercedes' team is counting on her to help win the tournament, but other things  are getting in the way. One of the closest people to Mercedes is Jade. Jade is helping Mercedes with her siblings and basketball. Jade always attends Mercedes' basketball games and is always there for her. This is a really tough time for Mercedes. How will she make it through?

Opinion: 

Overall, this book was okay. It definitely wasn’t one of my favorite books, and there were a couple things that I would change. First of all, I didn’t like how there was some violence in the book. Secondly, I personally didn’t like that there was a lot of talk about gangs and a few references to swear words. Some things that I liked about the book were the characters Jade and Mercedes. Jade is a really strong and tough character, but yet she is still girly. Mercedes is always trying to help her siblings and never worries about herself. This book is a really quick read because it is only 97 pages. 

Rating:
3
Content Rating:

Content rating - some mature content

Explain your content rating: 

I don't think this book would be for anyone under 12 because it talks about gangs. It does say that gangs should be avoided, however, they also talk about murder, smoking, and gang symbol tattoos. This book also has references to swear words. They leave out some of the letters of a swear word, however, you can clearly see what word they are referring to. An example is when Mercedes' brother says, "What the f___!" There is also violence, including someone getting shot, and talk about death. I also do not think that someone under the age of 10 would understand the concept of being in a coma.
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