I bought this for my nine-year-old in hopes of reading it with him. After pre-reading it I have decided to not use it with him. I found parts of the book inappropriate for young children, and I also found many of the examples not relevant to kids. For example chapter one discusses a character and his quest and uses the example of a teenager having to run an errand for his mom on a bike he is embarrassed of (it's 1968). At the store he sees the girl he likes in the car of his enemy where she is laughing and fooling around, so the boy decides to enlist for Vietnam. This example is used to illustrate quests found in literature, but I think it is hard for kids to relate to.
In another chapter there is a discussion on Vampires (when will the Twilight influence finally end?) and Dracula and the character is described as "downright sexy". Later it is stated that "a nasty old man, attractive but evil, violates young women, leaves his mark on them, steals their innocence..." Then the author states that vampire stories have more to them than scaring us, "we might conclude that it has something to do with sex."
In discussing Shakespeare he talks how Woody Allen turned "A Midsummer Night's Dream" into "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy". There are also references to Gilligan's Island, Rocky and Bullwinkle, East of Eden, Beauty Queens, and many more that kids will not get. And this brings me to the biggest problem with this book. It is not relevant or appropriate for kids , especially not ages 8 and up, but it is too light and quick a read to be relevant to teenagers. I am not sure who this book is written to. I could use the ideas from the book, which are good, and find my own examples, but then I am doing most of the work. My advice, pre-read this at a library before buying to see if it is a good match for you and your child. I think you may decided to pass on it as I have.