|I Just Don't Think This Book Would be Flying Off The Shelf in My Library|
To be totally honest with you, the article was not surprising to me at all. Part of my job is keeping up with what young adults like to read. Most of the books that fly off my shelves deal with the darker issues. However, "dark" is also "real" to many of my readers. In the past there were dark issues, it was just better to ignore them and not write or talk about them. In 2011, hiding these issues is not the norm. Also, when it comes down to it, fiction is still an escape. A world where dark things can happen, yet the reader is not harmed in any way. For me, book selection at the high school is much easier than it is for my colleagues at the middle school/junior high level. Some of these topics are tough to handle for children as young as 10 or 11.
After reading the article, I think I am actually going to pick up one of the titles to read this summer. It may turn out to be the read of the month in July or August. I will never comment on parenting skills of others, but I know in my house, if my daughter or son are reading books as a teenager, I will be one proud father. I may be curious as to what the book is about, but I have no plans to censor what they want to read......any reading is good reading in my house.
Also, I performed an update to The Geekly Reader that makes it easier to read in mobile form. Be sure to check it out on your mobile devices!