The Things They Carried

Book review by Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Vet's stunning, devastating Vietnam War stories; a classic.

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 16+

I read this in high school, it was the most memorable book of all

I was assigned this book by my Honors English teacher in senior year. It was an excellent book, absolutely compelling. I'm 30 years old and this is the only book I ever look back and think about from my entire assigned literature archive from high school or middle school. This provides no easy answers, it provides difficult questions. This book juxtaposes the physical weight of carrying things with you in life with the emotional weight of them. It reads more like a series of short stories, disjointed purposefully to keep the reader focused less on the continuity of story happening over a period of decades, and more on the state of things within these snippets of time. There may be children who are not mature enough to grasp this book, especially if they're coddled in a way to believe life reads with a beginning and an end. This book is better for people who understand life isn't a story, its a vignette, and its littered with the meaningful things you carry with you.

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age 18+

Not Appropriate for 15 or 16 year olds

It is a good book but not appropriate for youngsters. It would be something a college student or higher aged person would enjoy.

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Too much violence
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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