Between scouring Amazon reviews and ratings from Common Sense Media, I finally figured out the BEST way to find out what’s really in the books my teen wants to read.
I’m so excited I wanted to share it with other parents so they can use this same method for ANY book.
Here it goes.
An Easy Way to Find Out What’s Really In the Books Your Teen is Reading
(Step By Step with Photos)
Step One: Visit Amazon.com
Step Two: Look Up Book You Want to Explore
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Step Three: Click on Reviews
Step Four: Scroll to Bottom of Reviews
Click See ALL Reviews
Step Five: Find Search Bar
Step Six: Type in Any Keyword You Want to See if Book Matches Content
I did a few searches for:
Other ideas are:
- Making Out
The “Search” shows up in highlighted yellow in the reviews.
Step Seven: Read the Reviews
You can’t assume that just because the word appears that it means that it’s in the book. Many reviewers will say things like “there is no SEX in this book.” As you can see, the word sex appears, but it’s telling the consumer there is NOT sex in the book.
And you might read something about “cussing” but the words they say aren’t cuss words that you mind your teen reading, like shut-up or crap.
For Books Without Any (or Many) Amazon Reviews
My advice if you cannot find a review on the book you are looking at here are a few options.
- Visit Kids in Mind or Common Sense Media
- Ask a fellow mother/friend
- Post the book on your social media and ask if anyone has read it
- Call or email your local librarian who works in the children’s or young adult’s section.
- Read it with your child or before them
- Pick a book on this list of books I’ve selected
What About You?
Have you found an easy way to review the books your teen is reading?
If so, share in the comments!