If a book is controversial, it’s often worth reading. That’s one of the reasons why I love Banned Book Week.
So, without further ado, I give you:
- And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language, racism, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence
- Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, and sexually explicit
- Crank, by Ellen Hopkins
Reasons: drugs, offensive language, and sexually explicit
- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence
- Lush, by Natasha Friend
Reasons: drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
- What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
- Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich
Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, and religious viewpoint
- Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie
Reasons: homosexuality and sexually explicit
- Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: religious viewpoint and violence
Of these books, I’ve read Brave New World, The Hunger Games, Nickel and Dimed, and Twilight.
Brave New World and Nickel and Dimed were required reading for school. The former was required for honors English in high school, and the latter for Intro to Sociology in college.
I don’t recall either book being inappropriate. My 15-year-old self thought that Brave New World paled in comparison to 1984 and was disappointed, but not scarred for life or anything. (On the other hand, Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, another book required for that class, scarred me for life. I almost died of boredom reading that thing! I never voluntarily picked up a Hemingway novel after that…)
I enjoyed Nickel and Dimed and finished it a couple of weeks before everyone else started the book. What can I say? I was looking for something to read and it caught my interest.
What’s your favorite banned book?