The “wash rating” was designed to describe how family friendly a book may be. The wash rating is assigned independently of the “STAR RATING”.
Since the rating is determined by me and my standards may not be the same as yours, there is a chance that you may not always agree with it. If that is the case, please feel free to leave a comment stating your opinion on the blog post.
CLEAN – This book is appropriate for the entire family. There is no language or scenes in the book that would be considered inappropriate.
LITTLE DIRT – A book receives this “wash rating” when it has limited mild cussing. The offending words are used such that a person reading the book out loud could skip over the words without loosing the meaning of the book. Note that certain words will automatically disqualify a book from getting this rating.
MINOR STAINS – These books contain some “adult scenes” in them. A book is likely to get this rating if the author describes the actions in generalities and does not specifically refer to certain body parts. Some instances of violence or torture may also be described in the book. There may also be some mild use of vulgarity.
STAINED WITH DIRT – The books that “earn” this rating contains many instances of offensive language and/or adult scenes. The language will generally be coarser and/or more frequent than what is found in a “little dirt” book and the adult scenes will contain more graphic detail than found in a book rated “minor stains”. This rating can be roughly equated to a movie with an MPAA rating of R.
VERY SOILED – This rating will only be given to books that are saturated with vulgar language and adult scenes. There is a good chance that I did not even finish this book. If that is the case, my review will state that. (I do not normally review these types of books, but sometimes they will be sent to me by a publisher or author. Under those circumstances, I make an effort to read and review the book.)