Who knew my mom was such a rebel? Turns out one of the books on her list landed on this year’s round-up of the most “challenged books” released by the American Library Association. The ALA describes a “challenge” as a “formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.”
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, one of my mom’s picks, garnered the three spot on the controversial list. The book has been criticized for its mentions of drugs, suicide, homosexuality and its anti-family message.
Books such as The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lauren Myracle’s IM series and the Twilight series all join The Perks of Being a Wallflower on the list of parental disapproval for everything from nudity and foul language to sexual content and homosexuality. If anything, these complaints make me want to read the books more. Except Twilight… I never want to read Twilight.