In honour of #BannedBooksWeek coming to its end, I’ve decided to feature some books that I think are pretty darn good and think they should never have been banned!
Thirteen Reasons Why By Jay Asher
This book always cripples me. The concept is so clever and so heart wrenching that I can’t begin to describe the amount of feels I get! Clay Jensen, a young studen, returns home and finds a package waiting for him. Inside it are 13 tapes detailing the reasons why a friend in his school decided to commit suicide and he spends the length of the book listening to other people be blamed waiting for his turn. This book was banned from schools for not being suitable for the target demographic due to the violent and adult themes. However as teen suicide is becoming discussed in greater depth, it is imperative that literature such as this is offered to children so they can understand the impact of their interactions and bullying.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky
1999 wasn’t ready for Stephen Chbosky and his cutting edge book. Perks looks into a number of taboo themes that YA of the time tended to avoid. It has a truly philosophical undertone but maintains the narrative of teens who are trying to find themselves in a world they don’t quite understand. It was similarly banned because of its taboo content.
Harry Potter Series By J.K Rowling
Harry Potter was banned because it promotes witchcraft.
No? Are you sure?
I have nothing further today on this matter other than the fact that it’s ludicrous.
The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini
Another devastating novel, The Kite Runner runs with a prince and the pauper theme, though with a very different outcome. It is as much about friendship as it is about Afghan culture and will leave you feeling stunned. This book was particularly banned for its religious connotations and homosexual undertones.