Every year, I make a point to read a book from the ALA's list of banned or restricted library books. Just to see what it's all about. This year, I'm choosing Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes. The book has been restricted in places because of "sexually explicit" and "offensive" language.
The last book I read from this list, Carolyn Mackler's, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, was controversial because it was considered "anti-family" and "sexually explicit." I thought it was a very real story of a teenage girl's struggle to make some connection in a life where it love was obviously lacking.
Not the portrait of a perfect family, perhaps, but then so many families are "anti-family." Of course, it should be said that I'm not a mother or a young adult reading this stuff for the first time. If I *had* read it at a young age, honestly, I might have found some consolation there.
After I posted about Carolyn Mackler's, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, I received some of the most interesting comments in the history of the blog, but not about dysfunctional families. Two Kitties readers know a lot about boys. The comments are worth reading, and it isn't too late to add your own.