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Would you try another book from Kimberly Newton Fusco and/or Ariadne Meyers?
But, I was NOT happy with the use of the word "retard". Yes, sometimes we are just too PC but honestly, you can't go around saying "Oh, that's so gay!" anymore without backlash - so why can you use the word "retard" and everyone is fine with it? I purchased this book for my 21 year old blind, mentally retarded daughter. She loves listening to books and since her nickname is Bee, I thought she might like this book. Instead she is insulted within the first few minutes. She fully understands that people use the word "retard" to mean "stupid". She is not stupid, nor is anyone that is mentally retarded (some parents prefer mentally challenged, I suppose, but I'm not that PC). My point is, a writer can be authentic without perpetuating certain things and this is one of those things. Am I being petty? I honestly don't think so. I think relegating an entire medical condition to also mean stupid is insensitive and to use it in a book that teens are going to read, thinking this is acceptable, is simply irresponsible.
What could Kimberly Newton Fusco have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Made a bold effort to not perpetuate an issue for many people. Instead of leading young girls to think someone that has mental disabilities is stupid, she could have been a little more creative in her writing.
Which scene was your favorite?
None, we turned it off immediately. Sorry but in this case I'm a one-strike-you're-out person.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The narrator was, as always, very good. We like many of her books, which is how we came across this one.
Any additional comments?
Yes, a general comment to writers out there. You wouldn't make a racist comment lightly in your books, or one about the LGBTQ community, either. So why continue to use this word ad keep it alive and well in this form? Our lives are enough of a daily battle with insensitive, careless people, why add to that?
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