4. “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
It may not surprise you to see E. L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” at the top of the Banned Books list this year. This popular, erotic fiction series arose out of “Twilight” fan fiction and has graced the New York Times Bestseller list for some time. Its sexually explicit scenes is what has this book challenged in libraries across the nation.
3. “Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher.
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
A favorite among my students, “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher is the story of Clay Jensen, who discovers a box filled with cassette tapes on his doorstep one day. The tapes are from his crush, Hannah Baker, who killed herself two weeks before. The tapes tell Clay 13 reasons why Hannah decided to end her life, leading Clay to an epiphany unlike any other.
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