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Description: The Primrose Railway Children : Hardback : Penguin Random House Children's UK : 9780241517765 : 0241517761 : 16 Sep 2021.

 

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Author: Layhene

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Review: It was a gift and she loved it

 

Author: Annabelle Bronstein

Rating: 1

Review: I love Jacqueline Wilson. My daughter and I have read most of her books, and there's lots to like about this latest one. Unfortunately, there's a massively problematic central theme that I had to discuss with my daughter and would want other parents to be aware of. *Mild spoiler alert* In the book, the teenager 'Becks' fancies a boy she meets who is 18. She is 14 but tells him she is 16. He asks her out. Before they go out, Becks' little sister spills the beans and tells him that Becks is in fact 14. And he... thinks it's fine and goes out with her anyway?! They then become boyfriend and girlfriend. I found this problematic for lots of reasons. Firstly, believability. Most 18 year old lads would sooner die than date a little 14 year old girl. Most would be mortified about some younger girl having an obvious 'crush' on them too and avoid her. And almost all would want something out of a relationship that it would be illegal for them to get from a 14 year old! An 18 year old who encourages the crush of a young girl, asks the girl out and dates her is a bit dubious, to be honest. Then there's the mum - what on EARTH is she thinking, letting her 14 year old daughter go off in a car with an 18 year old lad she barely knows?! It's a terrible example of parenting, and although JW books are often showcasing difficult themes, this particular one isn't in any way called out or explained. It leaves younger readers thinking that it's normal to fancy older boys, expect those boys to fancy them back and that it's also totally normal if those older boys want to take them out. It's a weird thing to normalise and is maybe a sign of changing times since the author's younger days. On the plus side, the book has a lovely setting, interesting characters, a plot that loosely follows the classic and great illustrations. It also deals with autism in an educated and sensitive way without sensationalising anything or making it too much of a focus. But this problematic dating theme means I can't recommend it at all.

 

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