Should this book be at a school library?

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crmhaske eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is much controversy surrounding this novel because of its portrayal of a sexual relationship between teenagers.   The novel serves as an educational narrative to teach teenagers about sex and the sexual natures of their body.  It encourages young adults to ask questions and not feel ashamed of their sexuality and sexual exploration.  The experiences of the two main characters, Katherine and Michael, are not at all unique to the circumstances teenagers today find themselves in.   In this day and age, it is becoming much less controversial and much more accepted as appropriate for the young adult audience.  The remaining controversy today tends towards a religious nature where views about sex and sexuality are much more conservative.  As for its appropriateness on the shelves of a high school library, given the views of society today, it is highly appropriate.  If individual students and parents are uncomfortable or disagree with the content of this novel then that is for parents to discuss with their children as the novel itself is not particularly lewd or derogatory in nature, and as such, does not warrant censorship in a public high school.

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