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“When we got out of the tunnel, Sam screamed this fun scream, and there it was. Downtown. Lights on buildings and everything that makes you wonder. Sam sat down and started laughing. Patrick started laughing. I started laughing. And in that moment, I swear we were infinite” (Chbosky 98).  This novel was written in 1999. The novel is in the form of letters which are written by Charlie. Charlie writes the letters to an unknown friend. The novel starts off with Charlie going to high school. The novel last over a course of a year.  This novel is banned from a total of 6 schools in 6 states. It has been banned over the course of 13 years (“Marshall University Libraries.”). Many parents believed this book was too inappropriate for their children to read.  The sex, rape, masturbation, alcohol, and drug use bothers them (“Perks of Being a Wallflower Banned After Parent Complains.” ).  The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a heartfelt story. Each teenager should get a chance to read this novel despite the sexual abuse, and alcohol and drug use. This novel should not be banned, it brings awareness to these types of issues and helps teens understand what their peers may have gone through daily.     Each book young adult reads will contain sexual activities, but parents believed The Perks of Being a Wallflower had more sexual content than it should.  Parents believe this novel is too mature for their children to read. They questioned the school and explained their concerns to the school board. Most parents did not feel comfortable with their children reading about rape, masturbation, gay sex, and pornography. Parents all over the United States felt this way therefore, this books was removed from schools in Florida, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, and New York. It was challenged and/or restricted in Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Texas. This novel shows many scenarios that involve sex.  For example “… I had to stop watching at that point because I started to feel sick, but it kept going on, and they kept doing other things, and she kept saying “no”. Even when I covered my ears, I could still hear her say that” (Chbosky 31). Even though this novel does have sexual content, young adults can relate to this novel. Each situation in this novel has happened to at least one child in high school. Most likely has happened to more than one. This novel is reliable for students who might be going through a similar situation. “There’s a part in the book where Charlie witnesses date rape and I always found it interesting because some watchdog groups always cite that passage… I always find it so strange that they do because so often in the past people would say that passage is meant to titillate. My response has always been rape is violence, not sex, so how can it possibly titillate anybody? If it does then,  that warrants a much larger discussion than a book.” (“Do I Want My Book Banned? No,”  “Perks of Being a Wallflower” Author Says After Wallingford Book Controversy) Like most teenagers, Charlie didn’t speak up about witnessing date rape. Unfortunately, it took Charlie years to realize the boy raped the girl. By that time it was to late report the insentient it was too late. Charlie soon fell into anger and felt guilty for what had happened to the girl. This is a good lesson for all teens to stand up for others who are being hurt. Take Charlie’s mistake and learn from it. Besides rape being in the book, there is also a gay couple. “Brad and Patrick were left alone. Patrick said it was comfortable and exciting for both of them. … When they ran out of small talk, they just looked at each other, and they ended up fooling around right there in the basement.” pg 43. Through this novel may have sexual content, the author wants each reader teen has a story. Each child has had at least one tragic thing happened to them. That changes their life forever. To comprehend that each teen has a story. Each child has had at least one tragic thing happened to them. That changes their life forever.    Each teenage knows what alcohol and drugs are. Each school has assemblies about them, and why each student should not be consuming any hard substance. The Perks of being a Wallflower shows just the opposite. This novel has been banned for alcohol and drug use from schools in Florida, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, and New York.  Now the novel does have a significant amount of alcohol and drug use. For instance “… I ate the brownie, and it tasted a little weird, but it was still a brownie, so I still liked it. But this was not an ordinary brownie. Since you are older, I think you know what type of brownie it was” (Pg 34-35). Charlie tries marijuana for the first time that night. Over the course of the novel, Charlie does drugs more than once. Twice at a house party, and then again on New Year’s Eve. Trying drugs doesn’t cause any negative consequences, but it does cause Charlie to wake up in the hospital one morning. Even though Charlie doesn’t face any negative consequences, his friend Sam does. Her freshman year she got involved in drugs and alcohol which causes her to almost fail high school.  The author wants the reader to understand no matter how many times a person tries drugs and alcohol can affect your future. It does matter if it’s the first time or the hundredth time that person is still putting a dent in their future. No matter the content of the book each young adult has the right of reading this book. Even though this book is banned in some states, and parents don’t want their kids reading this book because of the alcohol and drug use. That’s not going to stop the kids from doing it. If they read this book or not kids will still do drugs and drink alcohol. So why ban a book that portrays that? From BTW The Source for Independent Bookselling- Perks of Being a Wallflower Banned After Parent Complains they explain that  “The Parent, Jean Pierre Bolat complained about the book’s glorification of alcohol and drug use”.  Now, this is true in of Perks of Being the Wallflower the author explains, “He would say his eyes were red from smoking pot.” (pg 45). The author wants the readers to understand that teenagers do drink alcohol, and/or try drugs, but he wants the readers to understand the negative consequences that drugs and alcohol can cause. The reader knows there are alcohol and drug use, but that shouldn’t stop them from reading. The more someone reads and knows,  the more knowledge a person has. Parents shouldn’t take that away from children.      The more someone reads and knows,  the more knowledge a person has. Parents shouldn’t take that away from children, and each child has had at least one tragic thing happened to them. That changes their life forever. Even though this book has sexual content, and alcohol and drug use, this novel is very reliable for teens. The novel show mistakes, and tragic scenarios. This gives teens something to relate to, and they can learn from. “The entire book is a blueprint for survival. It’s for people who have been through terrible things and need hope and support,” he explained. (“Do I Want My Book Banned? No,” “Perks of Being a Wallflower” Author Says After Wallingford Book Controversy).     The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a heartfelt story. Each teenager should get a chance to read this book despite the sexual abuse, and alcohol and drug use. This book should not be banned, it brings awareness to these types of issues and helps teens understand what their peers may have gone through daily.  Books are so important for education and development. Each book has content that parents don’t want their children reading, but it’s part of growing up. Parents show not limit a child’s education based on the book’s content. Knowledge is not always clean and inappropriate, but it must be taught to children.  So they can make good decisions and later on they can teach others.

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