Sunday, June 28, 2015

Book of the Week: June 28-July 4: Looking For Alaska

Welcome to this week's Book of the Week.  This week, I'm featuring a book that was in last week's What's On My Kindle, Looking for Alaska by John Green.

This book is unique among all the other novels written by John Green.  If you are a Nerdfighter, then you know why.  For those that follow this blog and don't know, I'll explain it to you.  Look at the cover.  See that glimmering, golden seal with a giant P on it? That is the unique factor with this novel.  That image is the Michael L. Printz award, and it is the only novel that John Green has written that has received the award.  

The Michael L. Printz award, that gold seal, honors the "best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit," according to the American Literary Association.  Despite having received this award and being on several best seller lists, this book has also shown up on banned book lists - simply because of the one sex scene within its pages.  

This sex scene even has a video defending it, posted on John Green's Vlogbrothers channel.  The following is a quote from that video, 

“They think that my book is pornographic and that it will cause immoral thoughts and actions in children. … I don’t think there’s a single halfway normal person in the world who would find a single thing in my book in anyway arousing,” Green said. “There is one very frank sex scene. It is awkward, unfun, disastrous and wholly unerotic.”
It's true.  There is nothing pornographic, nothing about that scene was fun.  It was an epic disaster, but it flowed with the story, it fit the story and ultimately needed to be written.  Without it, I don't think the book would be the same.

What are your opinions if you've read the book? 

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