Review: Thug Notes by Sparky Sweets, PhD

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Goodreads Description:

Sparky Sweets, PhD, and Wisecrack proudly present this outrageously funny, ultra-sharp guide to literature based on the hit online series, Thug Notes. Inside, you’ll find hilarious plot breakdowns and masterful analyses of sixteen of literature’s most beloved classics, including: Things Fall ApartTo Kill a MockingbirdHamletThe Catcher in the RyeLord of the FliesPride and Prejudice, and more!

The series Thug Notes has been featured on BET, PBS, and NPR and has been used in hundreds of classrooms around the world. Whether you’re a student, teacher, or straight-up literary gangster like Dr. Sweets, Thug Notes has got you covered. You’ll certainly never look at literature the same way again.

This review has been way too overdue. To sum it up – Sparky Sweets, PhD’s Thug Notes is a book that could have helped me love the classic back in the dark days of high school. Could have – because those days loving the classics was impossible. I have a certain lady to thank that for, a certain Mrs. Vera P. (whose last name rhymes with a nasty word in Russian), who happened to be our lit’ teacher.

Classic literature is timeless, ageless—and it should be classless,” . Vera P. made it elitist, dissecting plots, characters and symbolism to a level of… a confusing and repulsive mess. Literary studies, Vera P. style made classic lit unenjoyable, but simply intolerable. This is how way too many books were lost to me forever.

 Thug Notes is a marvel –  intelligent, fun and sharp, but most importantly, it delivers the message of the books without elevating their analysis to a level of science, and damn, his understanding and knowledge of lit is really deep. Sparky Sweets makes the classics enjoyable again, and while the language and literary analysis would probably make some rigid teachers cringe, Thug Notes one of the greatest books on literature I’ve ever come across.

P.S. Make sure to check out Sparky Sweets, PhD’s YouTube channel, because it’s simply brilliant.


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