July 29, 2015

Thug Notes By: Sparky Sweets PhD. ARC Review

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for allowing me to read and review Thug Notes by Sparky Sweets, PhD.

I have been looking forward to reading this book ever since I first heard about it a few months ago. I was extremely curious to see what classic literature meets gangsta entailed exactly. So I looked up the YouTube videos and watched some while I was waiting to read the book.

You can find the videos here Thug Notes.

The videos are funny as hell and the book is filled with hilarity as well. If you've ever seen one of the videos that is pretty much what you can expect from the book. In the book Sparky Sweets adds a gangsta twist on classic literature such as: To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo & Juliet, Frankenstein, The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick, Pride & Prejudice, and Lord of the Flies.

Thug Notes breaks down the plots of sixteen famous classic novels, gives you important character information, an analysis of each novel, and there are some illustrations throughout. The (gangsta) vocabulary used in the novel is not only there to make you laugh out loud though. It also shows that classic literature can be broken down in a way that everyone today can understand and appreciate.

I wish I had this book when I was a high school student. Even though I was an avid reader, classic literature terrified me. There were a few classics I read in high school and I loved. Yet, I still thought that maybe I wasn't smart enough to read and connect to classic literature. As I grew older I read more classic novels and I found this wasn't the case. Now many of my favorite books are classics. I think this book could help many people read and understand classic literature. Thug Notes shows that these novels are still interesting and relevant for today's society.

Overall Thug Notes is extremely humorous and insightful. I recommend this for high school students, parents of high school students, and anyone who may be a bit intimidated by the classics like I was.



  1. This sounds like such a fun read! Glad you had a good time with it.

    1. I really did. It is such a fun read. Highly entertaining and intelligent. Great combo. :)

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