I really enjoyed it, but I must admit I liked Angels and Demons better. I don't think there is anything wrong with the book for a freshman, but I was reading my first Stephen King in 6th grade, so I'm not going to be a good judge of book appropriateness for your daughter. You know what she likes and can handle. Just read it first and if you feel it's too controversial, just tell her the storyline and leave it at that. Just keep in mind it is a wonderful FICTION story. A lot of people make it out to be something it's not. It did make for some interesting conversation, but again, it's just a story. Happy reading!
My husband is crazy about this novel as well as Angels and Demons. I read The DaVinci Code too. One thing you might appreciate about this book is its lack of profanity. It's not literature of the highest quality, but it is fascinating to read and the pace is fast. You can take or leave the suggestions Dan Brown makes about Mary Magdalene and the rest, but it will definitely give you food for thought!
A friend of mine suggested that I read Angels and Demons before tackling Da Vinci Code. Only because it sets up the character in the first one. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is very fast paced with short/short chapters. I look forward to reading Da Vinci Code soon; at least before the movie comes out.
I absolutely loved this book. I also read Angels and Demons and found the ending a little "hokey", but both books were great reads! I actually found it difficult to get into a book afterwards, I couldn't find anything that compared!!! Talk about good books!
Dale Brown novels are real page turners! Each is an excellent read. Very thought provoking. I would see no reason why your daughter should not read the book. Keep in mind that the Code is a novel, and you won't regret reading it.
Ok, I read the Da Vinci Code and loved it/ My mom and I are going to see the movie tonight and I can't wait. I have heard many good things about Angels and Demons and wish I had read it first, but am going to read it next.
I definitely thought this book gave you lots to think about.
I also read Angels and Demons first, then DaVinci Code. I loved both, but definitely thought Angels and Demons to be the better book. I hope it is made into a movie!
Hubby and I finally saw DaVinci Code this afternoon! We thoroughly enjoyed it and am glad we didn't pay attention to the reviews when it first came out.
I loved The DaVinci Code and I loved Angels and Demons. I did have a problem though. Because the movie created so much hype I had a 6th grader that got the book and was trying to read it before he saw the movie. He was so excited that he was reading it and at first I was so excited for him. I was amazed that a 6th grader was going to try to tackle reading so challenging. I told him to keep me posted.
Well... fast forward a day or two. I got questions about what is a calice (sp?) Why is he beating himself? Why would the man use a pentagram as a clue? Is there really an Opus Dei chapter? It was a nightmare! I first tried to explain things that I thought were appropriate. I even called his mom to make sure that she wanted me to explain things. She did, although she had never read the book. We got through the book. He was thoroughly proud of himself and honestly I was proud of him, but talk about weird!
I have not read this book. However, I find it interesting that everyone has favorable things to say about it. It has been regarded as rather blasphemous (sp?) by most people that I know who have read it, and some of my friends now don't want to read it. I just haven't had a chance to read anything lately and I was sort of interested in reading it this summer. You guys have good things to say, so I might just do it!
Ahhh, I love controversial books. I really enjoyed it. I read Angels & Demons too but liked DaVinci Code better. My daughter who is also a freshman read the book too. She saw the movie with some friends & the ones that hadn't read the book had a hard time following the movie. I haven't yet seen the movie. I usually read books like that before I decide if my daughter can read them or not. You might want to read it first & see if it is something you would like to explore with her or not. The controversy is caused by people that don't know how to distinguish fiction from nonfiction. Parts of the book are real, parts are made up. But it is a great mystery. I know some people are really offended by it, but I think anything that makes people think & question is worth reading!