It hurts me to write this today, and not just because I'm dying of sickness. I've only been on the Internet for about twenty minutes today when I see a post like this. Now, I honestly didn't know how to react to this. I think Speak is one of the most amazing and inspiring books of all the time and what Dr. Wesley Scroggins said in this article is demeaning to everyone who thought this book was helpful.
I'm going to be blunt because that's the only way to get a point across. People are idiots. They want to ban a book because it's inappropriate to read but the reality of all of this is it actually happens in life. REAL LIFE. The concepts in Speak happen to girls of all ages almost everyday. And most of the time, no one ever knows. If a book like Speak helps girls (and boys) to speak up about their problems then don't ban it! In fact, embrace the power of what this book can do.
It just infuriates me that people have the power to ban a book that can relate to any teenager in their community. What are they going to do then? Ban that child? That's how I see it. Ban a book with real life events and you ban a child from your community who has gone through the same exact traumatic events as the one in the book. I just can't see how people, adults mostly, can be so thick-headed. They don't know what true literature is, and we never will know either if they keep banning books left and right.
The same goes for the novel Twenty Boys Summer. It talks about what real teenager will most likely do during the summer. Books like these are a pleasure to read and if some teenagers take things too literal don't blame and punish the rest of us for their idiotic actions.
I honestly don't know what goes through people's minds when they talk about banning books. I honestly don't know.
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