MATURE CONTENT - Ideal for High School Teens & Adults
This book is best for Mature teens and NOT intended for middle school classrooms!!
Very frequent foul language with continuous F*** as the casual way the teenagers speak throughout. If students are listening to audio book in a classroom setting, it will be common for them to hear continuous comments like "F***ity, F***, F***, F***........ " OR "Sh**, Bit**, next time invite me." OR "I see that Bit** tho. Bought to handle her A**", and lots of N words. Language is present on each page as a way they speak. If this language is listened to within a classroom it may give students the impression that this is normal and acceptable language to use while at school or give them the impression this is how teenagers should speak.
As a teacher I know the influence we have on students and I would advise this book to NOT be included at the middle school level. If chosen for high school I would suggest a need to really carefully discuss each topic and balance out the meaning as the book portrays a very one sided view. Some school districts have actually chosen to prohibit this book due to it's explicit language and sexual references.
Please be aware the Main theme is - "THUG LIFE" represents :
In general, there are many sexual references, talk about Hoes at the school, being 'horny', 'grinding', use of condoms at a party, as well as a part where "his hands in my pants". This story happens in a hood with gang shootings, drug dealers & violence.
Overall, it does have an important meaning and lesson behind the book and the author is a singer/songwriter from this culture who is trying to create awareness and impact on these issues. I would highly recommend it is shown to the appropriate audience and would suggest 15+.