Reading: It Ruins Kids

Bookslut, what would I do without you? This month there is a piece full of intelligence and insight into the recent uptrend of people trying to ban YA books from libraries and schools.

It is ironic that the fast-selling Clique and Gossip Girls series (the “equivalent of the Desperate Housewives for the teen set,” according to Friend) are the acceptable standard, while problem books like Perfect or Hartinger’s other title, about a group home for foster children, The Last Chance Texaco, are considered outside of the mainstream.

Yes, books about heterosexual promiscuity are all well and good as long as no one is gay, uses the f word, or has some sort of ““problem.”

–Jane, she’s got a problem