Information: Easy A was a movie released in 2010 by Sony Pictures and director Will Gluck.
Plot Summary: After spending a boring weekend at home, Olive decides to tell her friend a wild and untrue story about how she lost her virginity. After her story is overheard and spread throughout the school, Olive gains a reputation as someone who will just sleep with anyone. Olive doesn’t see the harm in letting a few guys agree that they slept with her, just so they can gain some popularity. But soon, rumors about Olive’s life are out of control and making a real impact on her social life. Olive has to decide if this new life is worth it or if her boring old life is enough.
Critical Evaluation: Easy A is a modern retelling of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It centers around the importance of a reputation and how a damaging a lie can be, even with the best intentions. Easy A is a satire full of comedy and laughs with such a heavy subject.
Reader’s Annotation: After wild rumors about Olive’s life escalade, she has to decide how she is going to get her old life back, or if she even wants it.
Author’s Information: N/A
Genre: Comedy, Young Adult Fiction
Curriculum Ties: (Florida State Curriculum Standards): N/A
Book Talk Ideas: N/A
Reading Level/ Age Interest: Grades 9-12 and Ages 15-18
Challenge Issues: Sexual References, Language, Crude Humor
Challenge Defense File:
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This is part of the collection because it is a contemporary view of how rumors and lies can impact the lives of teens.
Other recommendations like this include: John Tucker Must Die, She’s the Man, and 17 Again
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- Positive Reviews: Rotten Tomatoes
- Negative Reviews: N/A
- Reviews by Young Adults: Common Sense Media
Why I chose this movie: I chose this movie because it is a great satire of The Scarlet Letter. It is clever and witty. It has a great message to discourage rumors and lying.