Being A Wallflower Banned

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Perks of Being a Wallflower Banned?! I have just read the book “Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky, which is a challenged book on the banned book website. In this book, the reader experiences a naïve teenage boy, Charlie, seeing life in a whole new light. He is on the journey of growing up and trying to discover who he is. From first dates, family dramas, and new friends, to sex, drugs and high school. His new friends expose him to new and exciting things in life. In my opinion this book should not be banned. This book offers a unique perspective on what it’s like to grow up. It also has good insight on the importance of family. I agree with the perspective that if kids are banned from reading about sex and drugs, that is an indication …show more content…
When people ban kids from reading about sex and drugs it’s implying that they are banned from sex and drug education (Witherbee). Kids are allowed to have questions about sex and drugs. But by being banned from learning about it, they won’t know what is good or bad, and might try things to know, when they could’ve just learned about it. In this book, Charlie does learn quite a few things about sex and drugs just like many teenagers do. Teens who read this book could have a lot of insight into real life situations learning from “Charlie’s” experience. And maybe from these own kids real life experiences they will look back and realize some of their own choices and their own consequences by reading about Charlie’s. The perks of being a Wallflower should not be banned because of what Amy Witherbee writes in the article, “Democracy and Censorship”, “The problem with censorship, though, is not that it is far-fetched, but that it appears only when we are fearful of opening an important discussion” (Witherbee). People are afraid of what people may be exposed to in this book, but if people actually read it, they will find so many insights on growing up, the importance of family, and sex and drugs, that no kid should be banned from reading

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