starting intercourse with Sam that he has been repressing memories of his childhood molestation, which is one of the reason why this book was banned (SparkNotes Editors, 1999). Challenges/Bans: The Perks of Being a Wallflower was criticized for its exploration of adolescent anguish, depictions of homosexuality, rape, drug use, masturbation, and suicide–– is an appropriate point of focus, as it has found itself at the top of American Library Association’s banned books list throughout the last decade (Abbamondi, E., 2015). For example, in page one hundred sixteen, I highlighted the part “ When I fell asleep, I had this dream. My brother and my sister and I were watching television with my Aunt Helen. Everything was in slow motion. The sound was thick. And she was doing what Sam was doing. That’s when I woke up. I didn’t know what the hell was going on.” This is the part where Charlie finally realized that his repressed memories of his Aunt Helen,
Aira Marie Setimo March 23, 2017 CMS103 Dr. Panici who sexually abused him, is not a dream but an actual memory. This highlighted part cause a huge uproar from the parents and literary critics, who often refer the book as “child pornography”. There were about four major complaints from this book since 2007 to 2016; they were from Ohio, Illinois, Connecticut, and Florida. First, back in 2007, Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell, Ohio made parents sign off on certain books before teaching the material in class, but recently the policy changed. In the new policy, certain books went under review and were deemed by the school board as inappropriate for the students. The Perks of Being a Wallflower made headlines when upset parents complained about the new policy. They believe that schools should not remove their right to parent by removing books because a select group of people find it inappropriate. The parents opposed to the book ban felt they should speak out because they’ve, “’been silent too long,’ Roger Ingles told the board. ‘While we've stayed silent you've heard from a small group of parents who want to dictate reading content.’” Ingles wants to do something before his children are,” limited to reading Dr. Seuss ." The parents in favor of the book wish for the teachers to have free reign in teaching rather than having their hands tied.
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