5 Banned Books Every Teen Should Read
Banned Book lists are great. I support mothers who don’t want their gifted children getting nightmares from kids fighting to the death on reality TV and I support churches against two male penguins adopting an egg together. I’m all for teachers who don’t want to teach about a phony with an underage drinking problem and more power to the fathers who fear their daughters will stumble across the pages of awkward adolescent sex. I support banned books and I support the fact that their is no such thing as bad press. Banned books are banned because they are GOOD. But the fact of the matter is that, once banned, they are viewed as bad and inappropriate and what else dose a teen want to do more that the opposite of what adults are telling them. Banned book s get read and the more reading a teen dose the better because they are exposed to new worlds, thoughts and ideas which then influence their own world, their own thoughts and their own ideas that will follow them into an adulthood not governed by school boards and parents. (But that’s an article for another day).
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Charged of being “sexually explicit” and violent parents have complained that their children have been given nightmares and has been desensitized to violence. (Have these parents never turned on the TV? I think the book isn’t the cause of this)
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Language. Seriously, people don’t like it because of the foul language. Never mind the fact the fact that it’s a beautiful clever work of genius and reading it would do nothing but improve the readers sense of voice and writing style
Looking For Alaska by John Green
- Containing a brief, mildly sexual scene and quite a bit of drinking this book has been banned from being taught in schools across the county. (people who have read the books response to the banning: “If looking for Alaska is porn it’s the worst porn ever.”) Watch the video for the author's response to being banned.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Yes the use of racial slurs is appalling and if it bothers you it would be a book to skip but it is ironic that it is banned for the “N” word while in other places it is taught for the reason that it is one of the first literary examples of the fight for equal rights and treating people as important and valued no matter what they look like. It is a book about turning against the tide and doing the right thing.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Banned because one of the books burned in the novel is The Bible is it silly considering no books were in fact harmed during the witting of this book and the entire thing is a testament to NOT burning books, books including The Bible.