J.K. Rowling's Book 'Casual Vacancy' Is No 'Hunger Games'

The Casual VacancyConsidering how popular the Harry Potter book series
was, it's no surprise that J.K. Rowling's new book The Casual Vacancy, out today, is already a best-seller. 

But if you're thinking of letting your little Muggle dive into Rowling's newest release, you might want to think twice. And here's why.


At first, it might sound innocent enough, with the story set in an English town that is turned upside down by the death of a parish councilman, but don't be fooled. The Casual Vacancy includes real-world problems such as poverty and drug addiction; certainly not anything like the exciting, magical world of Hogwarts. It's a decidedly adult book with adult themes and, in my opinion, not one that kids need to be reading just yet.

Now I realize that there are lots of parents who let their older kids and tweens read The Hunger Games, which still mystifies me. Maybe it's because I've still got young kids dealing with night terrors and nightmares, but I'm pretty sure even my oldest daughter, who is a pretty avid, mature reader, would have been frightened by that book.

And that's exactly how I feel about The Casual Vacancy. Does my 8-year-old daughter really need to know the details of heroin addiction? No way.

So before your kids see the J.K. Rowling posters at the bookstore and beg you to let them read it, read it yourself first. That is unless you're ready to tackle the issues that reading this book might bring up. For me? We'll just stick to the age appropriate books for now, thank you very much.

Will you be reading the new J.K. Rowling book? Will you let your kids read it?


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