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Wendy Anderson and Hakiam Powell are at opposite ends of the spectrum—the social spectrum, the financial spectrum, the opportunity spectrum, you name it. Wendy lives in an all-white suburb of Philadelphia, where she’s always felt like the only chip in the cookie. Her dad, who fought his way out of the ghetto, doesn’t want her mingling with “those people.” In fact, all Wend...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published December 14th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Lindsay
Tutored was an arc I received and was a very cute short read about some very realistic racial issues that people deal with constantly in reality. What I would have loved to have seen more of in this book that would have given it 4 or 5 stars is substance and life. My advice for this author is tell more about these characters, flesh them out, let them speak and live. And more importantly, give Hakiam and Wendy more of a connection and some actual chemistry.

This book had a lot of potential and des...more
Ms. Yingling
Wendy's father is a well-to-do, educated black man who is vehemently opposed to black people who have not made something of themselves, so he is not happy that Wendy is volunteering with a tutoring center in an economically disadvantaged part of town. While there, she meets Hakiam, whose mother got tired of raising him and put him into foster care. Having had enough of that, he moves from Cincinnati to Philadelphia to help his cousin Leesa raise her premature baby, Malikia. He doesn't really hav...more
Ari
This novel reads like a work in progress. I honestly couldn't believe the book ended where it did, I flipped back and forth a few times. The ending isn't suspenseful, it's a solid and cute ending but it seemed so abrupt. The transitions from chapter to chapter were awkward and not a single character is well developed. The story is told in third person but I still expected to learn more about Wendy. Off the top of my head all I can tell you is that she's the only black girl at her school, doesn't...more
Kristina
Read the full review @ Frazzled Book Nommer.

For a book that’s called Tutored, not much tutoring was going on at all. That seems just like a random complaint, but for a book that had the word “tutor” in the title, I expect something along the lines of tutoring actually happening and falling in love because of their closeness while tutoring/being tutored.

The romance between Hakiam and Wendy was so flat. To put it simply, I hated it. It starts off good: they hate each other and it seems like romant...more
Carmen Yeung
This novel consisted of two protagonists and each one of them are introduced in their own perspectives every other chapter. Wendy is a black female that learns a lot from her father, but she never seems to understand life based on her race and thinks that there are more to what she looks like. Wendy then went on to get a job as a tutor and there she meets Hakiam. As tutors, they did not like each other at first, because they were completely different. Since Hakiam was from a foster home and he i...more
Jamie Kline
Wendy and Hakiam certainly don't hit it off right away - in fact, they seem to annoy each other. They're preconceived notions about the other play a big part in their attitudes. Wendy sees Hakiam as a lazy hoodlum and Hakiam sees Wendy as a stuck up snob. There's no way for Wendy to know that Hakiam has a lot of responsibility; he has to watch his cousin, Leesa's, premature daughter. And Wendy has a father who lived in the ghetto as a child and has become successful; he doesn't not want to assoc...more
Kyleigh
I went into Tutored expecting it to be a quick read with a nice short litte story. Essentially that's what I got. It is one of the few "real life teen" books I've read in awhile, and I found it kinda nice. It wasn't particularly thought provoking, or unsettling, or at all amazing. Just a nice story with some good life lessons.

I really enjoyed Wendy's POV and found her really relatable. She is literally the nicest and most caring MC I have ever come across. She always puts others before herself...more
Arthur Pengerbil
Reading Level: Grades 8+

"Are you a minority? Unemployed, underemployed, or economically disadvantaged? We serve the entire West Side, and we have services that can assist you to a new FUTURE! Stop by today."

Hakiam didn't believe the lame sign. He just stopped by to get extra credit for his GED class. He went back the second time because of the girl behind the desk. Even with her rich girl clothes and fancy way of talking...there was something about her.

Wendy couldn't believe the guy's attitude....more
Laura (booksnob)
Two African American teens living two totally different lives cross paths in a GED center. Hakiam wants a better life, he is unemployed, uneducated and down on his luck, living a day to day existence with the help of his cousin Leesa, who has a newborn baby. Hakiam is two steps away from being homeless because Leesa is erratic. Wendy is a star student living in an almost all white suburb and is tutoring teens in the "bad" part of town, much to her father's chagrin. She wants to attend a traditio...more
Stephanie
How would you write Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet today, including cultural characteristics and social complexities? Just to add a little edge try changing the setting to Philadelphia, PA instead of Verona, Italy. Allison Whittenberg wrote a great novel by following these guidelines. Tutored is an edgy story about a star-crossed couple from opposite ends of the spectrum—socially, financially, opportunely… everything.

Wendy Anderson is a 16 year-old high-school student living in an upscale neighb...more
Erica Smith
First, I'd like to say the author gets five stars for character and writing style. It was a quick, fun, enlightening read.

The point is that it was quick, but in that story there is commentary about the problems in African American communities: from presidents, to caring for the poor, to arguments for and against black colleges.

The quirky, witty banter between Hakiam and Wendy is darn right cute but honest. Even though Wendy is from the suburbs and has a father who can't "Stand them people", she...more
Jenna Avid Reader Musings
Loved: The fact that Allison Whittenberg has written a book that features POC (People Of Color) as the main characters. Tutored is a breath of fresh air in a genre where most of the books written and published center around Caucasian characters. Whittenberg explores how the lives of African-Americans from different classes can be very divergent. I also loved how the author showed that even though Wendy was well off and did not want for most things, this did not necessarily mean that she was happ...more
Shannon
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I think it highlights the disparity between all human beings even when those beings are of the same race. A perfect example is the class system that existed amongst whites on the titanic. It didn't matter that you were white it mattered what social standing you had in society and Tutored showed that the same social classing that existed in 1912 is still alive and well in today's world.

I've seen quite a few poor reviews for this book and I can honestly say that I...more
 Imani ♥ ☮
I'm in a good mood tonight, so I gave this book ***. In my mind it only honestly deserved 2 1/2, but like I said, I'm in a good mood so I rounded.

This is the mediocre story of Hakiam and Wendy, two African American teens on the opposite ends of the social and financial spectrum. Wendy, is well-off. She lives in an all white neighborhood with her prejudiced father. Her father, who struggled to get out of the ghetto, constantly puts down his own race, while Wendy fiercely supports it. And in turn,...more
Kathleen  Faher
I was looking forward to the romance of two people who hate each other and then start to like each other, and I was disappointed. There really wasn't anything tutoring going on. Hakiam had character development, but he changed too quickly for it to be believable. I liked his cousin's character. It felt realistic and I felt sorry for her baby.
Wendy was annoying. She read like a textbook and all of her dialogue was emotionless. She thought she was better than everyone else.
And her dad! He wasn't...more
Steph Su
I like the concept of this “unlikely love conquers all” story, and I especially looked forward to a contemporary YA romance featuring black characters. Unfortunately, TUTORED did not make much of an impression on me, due to undeveloped characters and average writing.

Wendy and Hakiam were rather flat characters, neither of whom held my attention and garnered my sympathies. They seemed to each have one main conflict that drove them. For Wendy, it was her father, who is racist against his own race;...more
Emily, a Book and a Cat
Concept/ideas: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Storyline/plot: 3/5
Overall rating: 4/5

I actually really enjoyed this book. I loved the fact that it centered around prejudices, especially it being race against the same race. That was definitely a change. It isn't your typical black against white, etc... It had to do with black on black prejudice, which was a good change up. Books like this need to be written more often. We need more literature out there that has to do with these types of issues, because it real...more
Emily
This book was a very quick read and told of Wendy and Hakiam meeting and relating to each other from their very different upbringings. However, it lacked depth and ended abruptly and there were some story lines that needed to be closed up before it could just end with the happy for now ending.

I liked Wendy and Hakiam's characters and thought they were well written. Leesa (Hakiam's cousin) also fit into a stereotypical role and was interesting and aggravating to read about.

The author does make yo...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
What I like most about this book is the challenge in society. I know some don't see it happen but it does. There are still adults, kids who live off the street.

I like how she was prejudice about who she was and where she came from. She help because it was what she truly wanted to do. I like the influence she had on him. She got him to see thing in a completely totally different life. He wanted more fir himself. And he could have it if he tired hard enough.

The father upset me a little. I know he...more
Jenn
Ok, I do not understand why this book has such a low rating. I really enjoyed this book, and it gave me a glimpse into a culture that I do not know much about. I think my only dissapointment in this book was the abrupt ending. I would have liked to see the relationship between the characters develop more. However, I understand why this book was short, and I'm glad it is one that I can suggest to reluctant readers. I think this book is similar to Bluford High, but definitely has more substance an...more
Luann Schindler
Give me a reason why I should care about these characters? C'mon. I dare ya! I was really looking forward to this book, but there's no empathetic connection. Sure, they're from the wrong side of the tracks and opposites attract, but it's going to take a heck of a lot more to draw in readers. I don't even think teen readers will find the relationship plausible because BOOM! it just happens. No build, no reason to care.

On the other hand, the chapters are short, the dialogue snaps, and it's a quick...more
Ashley
(*Huh -.- I had a love and hate with this book.) Their some part that I loved but their more part that I dislike. It was to fast, the romance I didn't even feel the sparks. It was just *bang the main characters are together and out of no where they like each other.The story line I felt was rush and their was so much potential in this book. (Sadly I was disappointed:( The good part was that Hakiam character did developed a little in the end that satisfied me a little:D Overall that book was a ver...more
Mrs. Tongate
Wendy and Hakiam have totally different backgrounds, but sorta get one another. Wendy is very caring, kind, and wise for her age. Wendy is also Hakiam's tutor for the GED. Hakiam's had a hard life and is struggling right now. Wendy has dealt with the loss if her Mom and know dealing with her Father's racial bias. Wendy is pre-med bound. Hakiam doesn't really know what his future will be. Together they are helping one another. Quick read and one I think many of our students will relate to.
Danie P.
Wendy and Hakiam are from opposite financial classes. She from a rich suburb, he from the ghetto. When they meet at a tutoring session they are drawn to each other. This is not a lovey dovey fest but rather a realistic meeting of two minds who admire each other. I really wanted to find out what happened to the main characters after the story ended. This novel also explores racial tensions between different classes in a very honest manner. Great for a high school book discussion.
Julia
I wasn't overly impressed with this book. The characters were kind of flat. Despite that, it did address an issue I don't see much in literature: the kind of prejudice that African Americans can have against other African Americans. It raised intriguing ideas, I just would have liked to see more nuance in the characters. Also, I didn't see the appeal of the romance element from either characters perspective. So-so.
Vi
Wendy Anderson is an African-American teen living in an all-white suburb. She volunteers at a tutoring center and meets Hakiam Powell who needs help to finish his GED. At first, they clash, but later, they begin a romance.

I felt that the characters were really flat and the romance was awful. I didn't understand how seeing a baby would want anyone to start kissing. I saw only polarizing stereotypes in this book.
Bridgid Gallagher
A sweet, simple story. I had a hard time with the main female character. Her voice sounded far more advanced than I would expect for a high school student (even a super-smart, advanced high school student). This book explores issues of racial stereotypes in a very interesting way, and I would recommend it for that alone.
Libriar
I had fairly high expectations for this book but was ultimately disappointed. The story seemed too predictable and at times didactic. It was still entertaining though and a quick read so I would recommend it to reluctant teen readers who enjoy urban fiction.
Ana
Nice addition to YA literature. I read it for the romance aspect and felt that it was lacking in that department. The strength of this story lies in the cultural issues it raises.
Stacy
Once I got beyond the excited of my name being on the acknowledgements/ thanks page, I enjoyed this story of two African American teens in Philly that come from two different worlds.
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Allison Whittenberg is the author of three young adult novels Sweet Thang, Life Is Fine and Hollywood and Maine. She lives in Philadelphia."
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