CLP Teens Blog

 

These books — all on lists of frequently challenged and banned books — have been reviewed by teens right here in Pittsburgh.

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round, Things by Carolyn Mackler

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

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The Earth, My Butt and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

Reasons for Challenges: Sexual content, anti-family, offensive language, unsuited to age group


This book was about a girl who was slightly over weight. She struggles with that through the entire book. Her family is perfect until they get a phone call saying that her brother was being suspended for date rape. Virginia is on bad terms with her mom and runs away to Seattle for Thanksgiving. When she gets back, she stands up to her mom and starts losing weight. Her mom is then happy.

Review by Hannah

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Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

Reason for Challenge: “Pornographic”

Prep is an extremly long novel, so if your going to read it, be prepaired to be in it for the long run. It’s pretty much the entire high-school career of Lee Fiora. It stats in her freshman year, and goes a bit past her senior year. Mostly a narrative, it’s all from Lee’s point of view, and a lot of it is just her opinion on random, daily life. A long, easy read, great for those long summer days of doing nothing.

Review by Sophia

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Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Reasons for Challenge: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

This book got me into reading the whole series. I never really watched the show and I am sorry I didn’t because this book was great. The only thing I didn’t like was the cliffhanger at the end.

Review by Megan

This book is very detailed and is very specific. Though it was a good book overall, it contained too much inappropriate language and more. I think that kids under 13 or 14 should not read it due to the content it beholds.

Review by Kelly and Alaina

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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Reason for Challenge: Sexual Content

Let’s start of by saying that even if you’re not a fan of romance or vampires you should still check out this series.  The Twilight series is a modern tale of forbidden love between a 17-year-old girl named Bella Swan and, or course, a 117-year-old vampire named Edward.  Bella is a klutzy girl with a reputation for falling and such.  However, she’s both smart and brave and is not one to be a wussy.  Edward is quiet and reserved, seeing as he’s, well, a vampire and is having a hard time not feaston on everyone’s blood.  Edward and the rest of the Cullens are what you might call, “vegetarian vampires” because of their belief not to drink human blood (only animal).  Bella moves to a rainy little town called Forks and immediately notices a family of five incredibly beautiful people named the Cullens.  Soon Bella gets to know, and eventually love, Edward Cullen, and he finds the scent of her irresistable.  As Bella would rather die than be away from Edward, and his Passion for her could at anytime overwhelm him and he could kill her on the spot, you can just imagine the story that follows.  The thing captures me most is the author makes the story so real and believable taht you can imagine yourself playing the part of one of the characters.  All in all, it’s a great fantasy love story, even though I might not agree with all of the complete freaking out over Edward.  Meh, I’m a dude, you know?  It’s definitely work at least a look into the first book — there are four of them.

Review by Jack, age 13

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Whispers from the Dead by Joan Lowery Nixon

Challenged or Banned For: Dealing with the occult.

Although a bit dated because it was written in 1989—before the popularity of cell phones, the Internet and solid DNA testing, this book will leave you on the edge of your seat. Sarah Darnell, 16, just moved to a new house in a new city. But there’s something not quite right with this house and this neighborhood. In the new house Sarah gets a bad feeling. She  hears a voice crying and weeping to her in Spanish. The neighbors hesitate to go into Sarah’s new house. Her parents bought the house for a bargain price. It’s the most beautiful place that Sarah and her family has ever lived so Sarah decides to keep her feelings to herself. After all, when she almost drowned in Missouri, she started having bad feelings and beings seemed to follow her around.  It creeped out her family and friends which made Sarah feel like a freak. Then her  father finds out why the house was so cheap;  there was a murder at the new house. Could the voice that Sarah hears be that of the murder victim crying out for help? Sarah pledges to help the girl. But how does she help someone whom she can’t understand. She’s going to have to find someone to help her translate without raising too much suspicion. And to complicate things even more, Dee Dee, the next door neighbor who speaks Spanish is a gossip. She tells her friend Eric everything that is happening.  Before long, Eric gets a guy named Tony involved. Who is Tony and why does he have such power over Sarah?

Review by Barb, CLP – Allegheny

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