The Scarlet Letter

Book review by Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Classic novel of American religion, morality, and hypocrisy.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 16+

Should not be required reading…..

24 years ago when I was in 11th grade, I was supposed to read this book and write a book report on it. I opted to watch the movie (not recommended, bad adaptation and filled with nudity) and use Cliffs Notes….needless to say, I didn’t get a good grade. Now years later my teenage children have to read the book for their classes and I felt it was time I man up and actually read it. The first 5 pages are the worst, it seems to get easier after that. The best parts of the book are the parts with dialog, and that’s maybe 10% of the book. It is difficult to read without a dictionary or computer ready to Google the definitions of many words. Too much of the book is dedicated to description. I didn’t realize there were so many ways to say some was “sad”, but the author spends entire chapters just describing how sad a person is without moving the plot one inch. My kids all hated having to read this book and had a hard time understanding what was going on. I did much better than I expected reading it myself, and now that I’m done, I have to say the book sucks. Not much happens and the ending sucks. The author makes a good point about how Unconfessed/hidden sin festers and destroys people from the inside, so I’ll give him that. If looking for a classic book to read for entertainment, this is not recommended, but if looking for a book to torment yourself with, then this is perfect.
age 12+

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