Review: Scandalous! by Hallie Frye

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Do you love a good scandal? This book includes 50 juicy pop culture, political, and entertainment-related scandals complete with photos, event synopses, and a look at why it went down in history and how it continues to influence us today. Other features include famous quotes and a section on where the players are now. Teens will get the dish on:

Milli Vanilli’s lip-syncing
the Clinton-Lewinsky affair
the Biggie and Tupac murders
the Kent State shooting
the OJ Simpson Murder trial
Patty Hearst’s kidnapping

As a teacher I often found my students were not aware of many of the pop culture scandals or references that have become important parts of American history. This book is excellent (so much so I intend to buy it for the library next year) at explaining the gist of what happened with the scandal quickly and in an easy fashion to understand and then also addressing why the scandal was important in how it changed history. This would have been a great tool for me to use in the classroom as the sections are all broken down to two pages yet still manage to express the main points of the scandal. Of course some of the scandals were pretty sexually explicit, but the book tries to explain without being too graphic and does a pretty good job of not shying away from some things, but also not being tasteless. The feature where the people involved in the scandal have bits about their lives after revealed is also very interesting.

4 out of 5

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