I'm going to upfront admit that I haven't read the book Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, and also that that is a crime I'm about to fix.
If you haven't already heard, Speak is under attack for being "pornographic", "filthy" and un-Christian. Here's Laurie's retaliation.
Once again, I have not read this book, but it isn't because I'm too afraid of things that are scary and true, like book censors would have me believe. I'm honestly shaking with rage right now. How DARE anyone take away and individual's Constitutional rights? How does that "protect" anyone? Yes, censorship is in place to "protect" the young, but no book should ever be banned out of fear of new or different thoughts.
True, I've heard that Speak has rape scenes. Like Laurie says, this should not be considered pornographic. If anyone's offended by it in some way, they can certainly walk away from the book, maybe even tell their friends they don't like it, but don't ban an entire school system from reading a book otherwise beautifully written!
My own book, The Quiet Calling, has delicate subject matter. Knowing that in the future, if it's ever published, it could be banned.... I can't help but cry.
I'm going to go find a copy of Speak right now and I'll be one more person that isn't afraid of the unknown.
ALSO: Lisa and Laura Roecker are donating a copy of the book to a library or classroom for every 25 comments left on THIS post. Go comment now!
(Sorry this post is all ranty and incomprehensible. Book banning does that to me.)