We read this book for the HS Book Club. The students wanted to choose a banned book (in honor of Banned Books Week), and I was delighted that they chose this one. The discussion--among those who were brave enough to read the entire book--was interesting. If you decide to read The Handmaid’s Tale, you need to read the last chapter. It looks like it’s just random notes not connected to the story at all, but in fact it explains what happened to Offred and to the society of Gilead. Those who had skipped the last part felt disappointed by the book’s ending, but those who had read it felt like they had more closure.
Oh, and Ms. Miller said that The Handmaid’s Tale could be used as an AP selection. Bonus!
Highly recommended for grades 11-12