The Birds of Summer Social Sensitivity

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The Birds of Summer addresses complex and mature themes such as the single-parent family, drugs, and teenage sexuality with great sensitivity.

Summer and Nicky share a developing awareness of their sexuality, yet they decide to wait until they feel ready for romantic involvement. Although the teen-agers discuss sex openly and frequently, the issue is not exploited. By the end of the book Summer and Nicky become closer friends for having confronted their concerns in a mature and mutually respectful manner.

Some readers may find the novel's portrayal of a single-parent family disturbing and should be reminded that Snyder does not present Summer's situation as a typical example of such a family. Oriole's lack of responsibility stands in stark contrast to the increased needs her children experience as a result of not having a father. Her failure as a parent culminates with her involvement in a drug gang. Snyder...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
The Birds of Summer from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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