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  •  I read a lot of YA (7+ / 0-)

    mainly because some of the best genre fiction right now is YA. I don't read the mean girls or dating girl angst stuff. I read the paranormal fiction, and I have to say that most of the females in this sub-genre are portrayed as strong, independent characters.

    Some of the best are the Cynthia Hand "Unearthly" series, Kami Garcia's "Beautiful Creatures" series, Josephine Angelini's "Starcrossed". Some mild petting, kissing but nothing too over the top. Your daughter is probably still a little young for this, but by the time I was 10, I was reading every book in the house. I was also reading every book in the houses of the people I babysat for as a teenager. One of my mother's friends was a secret erotica reader, another a big Ian Fleming fan--I read those too.

    The days of censoring what your daughter reads are numbered, my friend. Readers read, and they'll read whatever they can get their hands on. I was reading Noel Gerson when I was 10, and he wrote some pretty racy stuff. If your daughter is an avid reader, she will be reading material well advanced of her age. On the positive side, I don't think it damaged me.

    Slut power. Use it. Own it!

    by txdemfem on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:00:09 AM PST

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