September 19, 2012
I just read the YA bestseller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I know I'm really behind the times on this, but the current film adaptation motivated me to read it now. Of course, what should have motivated me, and any other thinking person to read the book, is the fact that it made the ALA Most Challenged Books List. What, in this day and age, could cause boards and public libraries to ban books? (Not, recommend books for older readers only, as I would suggest for this book, but to ban them?)
I once read that the best thing that could happen to a writer would be to have their book banned. Nothing would make young readers want to hide under the covers with a flashlight reading their forbidden words, more than the designation of "banned book." If I ever write a book that gets banned, I hope I do it with the honesty, sensitivity, and vulnerability that Stephen Chbosky has done here.