My take on Banned Books:
I have a thirteen-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. 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 a book and a gift card in honor of it.
First, one of my favorite Banned Books
This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.
Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.
I read, cried, and then reviewed this one sometime ago. You can check more out on this book here.
And if you’ve already read that book or would just like to pick out a banned book of your own, I’m also giving away a $15 Amazon Gift Card!
To win either the gift card or a copy of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, all you have to do is comment. Extra entries can be obtained as follows:
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+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 is open internationally and ends October 6 at 11:59 PM EST. Winners will be announced Monday October 8!
PS - there are soooo many particpants! Check out the list
So, support Banned Books Week and try to win a banned book. And then read it!
What’s YOUR take on Book Banning?