I don't know how many of you are aware of this, but right now two Florida moms are challenging a Gossip Girl book and Maureen Johnson's The Bermudez Triangle (this is not the first time MJ's book has been challenged either), requesting that they be removed from the Young Adult section. The following video is done by Maureen Johnson, and it is funny, but also very serious too. Check it out:
Now, I loved The Bermudez Triangle. It's not so much a book about homosexuality as it is one about friendship and relationships and how they can change. It's quite clean, despite the many nasty accusations tossed around.
Gossip Girl is a different story...I read the first three books or so before I dropped them. Personally, I didn't really enjoy them. But that's just me. While I wouldn't reccomend them to anyone, I certainly would not go on witch hunt to get those books removed. Obviously someone likes them because they're bestsellers, and someone made a TV show out of them, so I don't feel bad not liking them, but here's the bottom line: everyone can have opinions. Everyone SHOULD have opinions. But when you start telling others what they should and should not read--that's wrong. If parents are so worried about the state of the books that their kids are reading, they should read them themselves--my own mother did that with the first Harry Potter book (and then I started reading the rest of the series faster than her, but that's besides the point). Don't expect libraries to do your job, parents.
And now I'm going to get off my soapbox here. What do you all think?