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Content Review: The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

The Education of BetReading level: Young Adult
Age of Main Character:  16
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (July 12, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0547223080
ISBN-13: 978-0547223087

When Will and Bet were four, tragic circumstances brought them to the same house, to be raised by a wealthy gentleman as brother and sister. Now sixteen, they’ve both enjoyed a privileged upbringing thus far. But not all is well in their household. Because she’s a girl, Bet’s world is contained within the walls of their grand home, her education limited to the rudiments of reading, writing, arithmetic, and sewing. Will’s world is much larger. He is allowed—forced, in his case—to go to school. Neither is happy.

So Bet comes up with a plan and persuades Will to give it a try: They’ll switch places. She’ll go to school as Will. Will can live as he chooses. But once Bet gets to school, she soon realizes living as a boy is going to be much more difficult than she imagined.

Sexual Content:



Other Notables:

-Bet and Will go to a pub and Will orders a drink.
-Some of the boys sneak beer into school and drink.
-Will tells Bet that if she's going to be a boy, she has to drink and smoke.  Which she does once and gets tipsy.

Was it any good?

I adored this book!  It was so much fun to read, I smiled almost the entire time I read it!  Bet is a strong female with a great sense of humor and a very stubborn will!     
James is a fantastic "love interest" who is so kind and treats Bet like a girl should be treated!  I loved it!  Blog Review

9 out of 10