A friend recently shared an article "I'm with the Banned" by Lauren Myracle, author of the popular Internet Girls books (L8R G8R, Ttfn, et. al.) about her experience doing an AMA on Reddit (e.g. "ask me anything"). Myracle writes fiction for teens, and her books, "have a history of being banned." She writes, "Censorship is a hot topic. We Amer'cuns like our freedom."
So, why does she write "objectionable" books? Because she wants to make a difference:
"..I write with the hope of handing my readers a mirror in which they can see themselves as well as a window through which they can see the pains and joys of others."
And believe it or not, many teens think about things their parents may not like. Reading a book is a safe way to explore issues and behaviors. But if the books aren't available, youth may have to test it out for themselves. Which would you prefer?
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