Friday, September 23, 2011

Forbidden Love


It’s Banned Books Week!

What’s that?

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States. American Librarian Association



My take on Banned Books:

I have a twelve-year old daughter who reads just as much if not more than I do. We share books, but there are certain YA books that she will definitely wait to read. Is it because I want them banned? NO. It’s because she’s not ready to handle some of the older YA content. But one day she will be. And I want her to have accessibility to these books. She’ll read them. I’ll encourage her to read them. And hopefully mother/daughter discourse will ensue.

There are so many valuable, wonderful, amazing books out there for teens—ones many should read. Just because of the slight explicit content in Thirteen Reasons Why should a library ban a book that I believe should be a required read for every freshman in high school? Just because teenagers who’ve only known each other for a week have sex, should Twenty Boy Summer be banned reading? Should candid discussions of sex be the reason Shut Out never makes it to a high school’s library shelf?

If you don’t like the content in a book, don’t read it. It’s rare for me not to finish a book, but this past summer, I had to. It was Precious by Sapphire, and the horrid molestation was too much for me to stomach. Life’s all about choices. And parents, if you’re concerned as to what your kid’s reading, then read with them. And while you’re at it, make sure you monitor every movie and television show and YouTube video and Xbox game and Facebook status . But don’t get a book banned from a library that could save another kid’s life. Like Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak. Or Ellen Hopkins' Crank.

This week, I am a Reader, Not a Writer and I Read Banned Books are hosting the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop. And I’m giving away two books in honor of it. Two books that give honest portrayals of that awkward, harsh, vibrant, exhilarating period called the teenage years: The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Perfect.

Here’s a little more on each one.



Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is navigating through the strange worlds of love, drugs, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt.

I read, cried, and then reviewed this one sometime ago. You can check more out on this book here.


And since Ellen Hopkins is one of my favoritest authors, OF COURSE I'm going to give away one of hers!

Everyone has something, someone, somewhere else that they’d rather be. For four high-school seniors, their goals of perfection are just as different as the paths they take to get there.

Cara’s parents’ unrealistic expectations have already sent her twin brother Conner spiraling toward suicide. For her, perfect means rejecting their ideals to take a chance on a new kind of love. Kendra covets the perfect face and body—no matter what surgeries and drugs she needs to get there. To score his perfect home run—on the field and off—Sean will sacrifice more than he can ever win back. And Andre realizes that to follow his heart and achieve his perfect performance, he’ll be living a life his ancestors would never have understood.

Everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfection loses its meaning, how far will you go? What would you give up to be perfect?

A riveting and startling companion to the bestselling Impulse, Ellen Hopkins's Perfect exposes the harsh truths about what it takes to grow up and grow into our own skins, our own selves.


Ellen's seen her share of book banning. She even wrote a manifesto about it.

To you zealots and bigots and false
patriots who live in fear of discourse.
You screamers and banners and burners
who would force books
off shelves in your brand name
of greater good.
You say you're afraid for children,
innocents ripe for corruption
by perversion or sorcery on the page.
But sticks and stones do break
bones, and ignorance is no armor.
You do not speak for me,
and will not deny my kids magic
in favor of miracles.
You say you're afraid for America,
the red, white, and blue corroded
by terrorists, socialists, the sexually
confused. But we are a vast quilt
of patchwork cultures and multi-gendered
identities. You cannot speak for those
whose ancestors braved
different seas.
You say you're afraid for God,
the living word eroded by Muhammed
and Darwin and Magdalene.
But the omnipotent sculptor of heaven
and earth designed intelligence.
Surely you dare not speak
for the father, who opens
his arms to all.
A word to the unwise.
Torch every book.
Char every page.
Burn every word to ash.
Ideas are incombustible.
And therein lies your real fear.




I'm giving away one copy of each book! To win, all you have to do is comment on this post. Extra entries can be obtained as follows:

+2 old follower of the blog
+1 new follower of the blog
+2 tweeting about the giveaway (@alisonmiller20)

And for the undying love of your favorite math geek, please tally your entries and mention that in the comments. Contest ends October 1 at 11:59 PM EST

PS - there are soooo many particpants! Check out the list at

I am a Reader Not a Writer or I Read Banned Books!

So, support Banned Books Week and try to win a banned book. And then read it!

I'll be celebrating my forbidden love all week. How about YOU?

75 comments:

  1. I'm a huge hopkins fan (crank/glass/identical/burned) and am hardcore lusting over perfect! i have a copy of impulse already but am waiting to get perfect before i read it.

    I'm also an old follower

    3 entries.

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  2. Amen! You put this so well.
    So!
    Comment +1
    Old follower +2

    3 entries!

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  3. The cover on Perfect is gorgeous. Sometimes I wish there was a way to buy poster versions of certain book covers.

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  4. I agree it's up to the parents to censor their own children.

    +1 comment
    +1 not old, but not new either :)
    +2 tweeted

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  5. I still haven't picked up any Ellen Hopkins books - I feel so out of touch!

    +1 for comment
    +1 new follower (b/c I just realized I was not actually following over in the little friend box)

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  6. Yes please Banned Book Week! I got a bunch of LGBT lit and Ellen Hopkins out of the library. :)

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  7. Also, wow, so I have your blog linked in my freaking sidebar but I somehow forgot to actually hit the follow button. Epicfail.

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  8. awesome! courtnut1990 at yahoo dot com

    love your blog.

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  9. I've never read anything by Hopkins but would love to be given the chance.
    adsanders77 at gmail dot com

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  10. ycantujustfocus[at]gmail[dot]com
    new gfc follower: bookstacksondeck
    -Heather
    +2 entries

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  11. Thank you so much for participating!
    +1 new follower
    +2 tweeted @Book_Ninja
    Total: 3

    lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

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  12. +1 new follower of the blog as Gaby

    +2 tweeting about the giveaway ( I don't have a twitter because I don't have a phone (But if I did I would so follow you)


    gaby891@yahoo.com

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  13. GFC follower as Gaby
    And as For twitter ( I don't have a twitter because I don't have a phone (But if I did I would so follow you)


    gaby011421@yahoo.com

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  14. I've been dying to read Perfect. I love Ellen Hopkins' work.

    +1 new follower.

    Total=2

    kaylalovesandrew09@yahoo.com

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  15. I've never read one of Hopkins' books but I've been wanting to.


    moiraethefates(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  16. wow when i went to school they were on the required list to read, thanks for having this tour.
    Julie
    jbarrett5 at cox.net

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  17. A-freakin-men!

    New follower :) Thanks for the giveaway!
    Jess
    romanceaholic at gmail dot com

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  18. Great post. Banning books is so very sad. Honestly, it makes me want to read and recommend them even more.

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    GFC @ Jennifer
    Tweeted-
    http://twitter.com/#!/Jen_FicMusings/status/117988243584200706

    jennifer(@)fictitiousmusings(dot)com

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  19. I have not had a chance to read any of these books- yet. Thanks for this great giveaway.

    New GFC- Christine A.
    your1chef at aol dot com

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  20. Thank you for this giveaway.

    New follower +1

    Michelle Adams/chelle2006

    chelle2006 @ aol.com

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  21. Thanks for the awesome giveaway and thoughtful post.
    New GFC- audreyclair
    thebookanalyst[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  22. I love all your stuff Mrs. Miller. =]

    +1 for comment
    +2 old follower

    3 for me!

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  23. Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in this blog hop!

    +1 New follower via GFC (MamaHendo3)
    +2 Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/MamaHendo3/status/118147599189549056

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  24. I added that Manifesto to my favorite quotes! Powerful stuff! Thanks for sharing it. Also, thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    New GFC Follower - The Happy Booker
    Twitter @Donna224
    Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/Donna224/status/118160225852334081

    TOTAL - 4
    Donna @ The Happy Booker
    ahappybooker at gmail dot com

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  25. I really want to read Perks. I've heard fantastic things during BBW and definitely don't want to miss something that other people are attempting to ban. It's always nice to hear about parents who have a good view on what their children should read.

    jasmineroster@gmail.com

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  26. I'd love to read both of those - count me in! :)

    Oldish follower, so +2 please! :)

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  27. Oh, pick me!

    +2 old follower (old? *angry eyes* I'm a vintage follower.)

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  28. I'm a huge Hopkins fan and am dying to read Perfect.

    Comment: +1
    New follower *waves* +1
    Total: 2

    :) Aeicha
    wordspelunker at gmail dot com

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  29. Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC is spazing right now so I'll be back to follow!
    insanityisnormal(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. Thank you for the giveaway!
    I am a new GFC follower as melora brock
    melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

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  31. Thank you so much. :)
    +1 new follower- Chey
    +2 tweeting- http://twitter.com/#!/ohaiitschey/status/118800780982628352
    total= 4

    mcrs_venin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  32. I follow on GFC and would LOVE to read Perfect! Thanks for the great giveaway!

    misusedinnocence@aol.com

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  33. I would LOVE to get a copy of Perfect. I am obsessed with the Ellen Hopkins books and recommend them to everyone!!!
    Thanks!

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  34. I haven't read any of Hopkins's books, but I've had my eye on them for awhile! I also keep seeing The Perks of Being a Wallflower on a lot of favorite banned books lists, but I've never read it either.

    jesse.nicole.paul (at) gmail (dot) com

    Thanks for the giveaway! I'm on the hop too: http://elle-lit.blogspot.com/2011/09/banned-books-week-hop-with-author.html

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  35. I absolutely love Ellen Hopkins too! She's one of my favorites!

    +1 new follower of the blog

    Total = 2 Entries

    TaraTagli at gmail dot com

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  36. +1 Thanks for the opportunity!
    +1 new follower of the blog
    Total of 2 entries.
    -Carly W.
    carlymartellowaid(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  37. I'm a new follower!
    Chanticlear1(at)gmail(dot)com
    Thanks for your generous contribution to the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop!

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  38. Thanks for your excellent post!
    I'm a new follower, looking forward to reading more of your blog.
    Chanticlear1(at)gmail(dot)com
    Thanks for your generous contribution to the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop!

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  39. GFC: Juhina
    +1 new follower
    +1 comment

    surprised some of these books are banned!

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  40. great giveaway!
    jessicawedwards@gmail.com

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  41. new gfc
    jessicawedwards@gmail.com

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  42. I've never had the pleasure of reading any of Elen's books yet, but this post makes me want to go check them out! Thank you for the great post and fantastic giveaway. :)

    +1 Commented ^^
    +2 Tweeted : http://twitter.com/#!/creatingfantasy/status/119102703141007360
    +1 New GFC follower (K M)

    4 TOTAL

    Karaliene24[@]gmail[.]com

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  43. Thanks for the giveaway :)

    +1 comment
    +1 new follower
    +2 tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/ramen_addict/status/119200923452063744

    aprilxu2222@gmail.com

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  44. Huge Ellen Hopkins fan right here! I've been dying to read Perfect!(: thanks for the chance!
    +1; Comment
    +1; New Follower
    +2; Tweet - http://twitter.com/#!/realityendingsx/status/119214502356058112

    x
    Sierra(:
    ittssierraily(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  45. Thank you for the awesome chance to win! GFC Krystal Larson edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

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  46. Thanks for the chance to be included for your giveaway.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  47. Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

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  48. Thank you!

    +1 comment
    +2 twitter
    https://twitter.com/#!/pinkflower636/status/119516236664147968
    +1 new follower
    emilymeimei204 AT yahoo DOT com

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  49. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    +1 comment
    +2 Twitter @ http://twitter.com/#!/AprilDAH/status/119572108023046144
    +1 new follower GFC aprilharvell
    april AT pinebelt DOT net

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  50. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    +1 new follower

    Total: 2 entries

    xxsquigglesxx(At)Gmail(dot)com

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  51. Thanks for the giveaway.
    I am a new GFC follower-nayjf

    nayjf(at)yahoo(dot)com

    total entries-2

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  52. Thank you so much!

    new GFC & Twitter follower: kimyunalesca

    kimyunalesca(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  53. New GFC- ashley

    Tweeted- http://twitter.com/#!/Holt9102/status/119642654865768448

    3 total

    ashtreygonesmokeya@yahoo.com

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  54. Thanks for the giveaway!

    1

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  55. Oohhh! That sounds so good! SO MANY PEOPLE WANTING TO READ SO MANY AWESOME BOOKS!

    My email is: georgiasummers@me.com

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  56. Based on the title of this blog etnry, if I didn't know that this week is Banned Books Week, I would've thought you were posting about Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. By the way, I'm waiting for that book to be banned or challenged because it's a sexually explicit book about teenage incest. (extemter at hotmail dot com)

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  57. thanks for the giveaway!
    new follower Çråz¥ K¥
    nightsky1102(at)gmail(dot)com

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  58. Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to read these two books. Especially Perfect! +1

    New follower GFC: Dominique +1

    Tweet: +2

    http://twitter.com/#!/laylees/status/119854867115282432


    Total= 4

    couponcookie at gmail dot com

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  59. I have yet to read any book by Ellen Hopkins but I really, really want to! I have been unsuccessful in my attempts at getting my hands on them so thank you for another go at it!

    +1 New GFC follower Tiffany Drew
    +2 Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/enterthedrew/status/119875037649043456

    jaidahsmommy(at)comcast(dot)net

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  60. Love to read any of the two books. Although i think i have to read Impulse first before i read Perfect.

    Thanks for the chance!

    +1 Comment/Main Entry
    +1 New GFC Follower - Danah
    +2 Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/#!/Peppermint1013/status/119907668851826688

    Total Entries = 4


    -Danah
    icrave13@hotmail.com

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  61. Thank you for this giveaway.

    derangedpegasus@gmail.com

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  62. Loved your post!!

    New follower GFC Michele Luker

    jmluker at winco dot net

    I have a 12 year old daughter too..

    POWER TO THE BOOKS!!

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  63. Thanks for the chance. This giveaway hop is awesome.

    supaflychikenpi2 AT gmail DOT com

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  64. Please enter me in the draw, and thanks for the giveaway! I haven't heard of either of these two books, but I couldn't agree with you more about your feelings on banned books.

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

    +1 new follower of the blog

    +2 for tweeting:

    http://twitter.com/#!/DarleneBookNook/status/119993689333448704

    TOTAL = 4

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  65. Thanks for this fantastic giveaway! sbcashortie at hotmail dot com

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  66. Thanks for the giveaway!
    +1 new follower of the blog: brookea_2006

    2 total entries!

    brookea_2006 at yahoodotcom

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  67. Great giveaway!

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

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  69. Thanks for the giveaway! I am also a new GFC follower! That's two entries :)

    alicia.ebaugh at gmail dot com

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  70. Thanks so much!!

    New GFC follower- Lisa Manning

    lhoffpauir at gmail

    2 entries :)

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  71. GFC - Gloria new follower
    Thanks for the giveaway! I would so love to win Perfect for my daughter.

    geschumann at live dot com

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  72. New GFC follower

    annettekz2@yahoo.com

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  73. thanks for the giveaway

    laurie1993@verizon.net

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  74. Thanks for the giveaway!
    new gfc- Katie

    katie_tp(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  75. I love Ellen Hopkins too XD
    many thanks

    new follower: gfc kim cuasay

    kimyunalesca(at)yahoo(dot)com

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