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this article in the Wall Street Journal about how dark young adult literature is these days? Here's the part I thought was most shocking:
'In Andrew Smith's 2010 novel, "The Marbury Lens," for example, young Jack is drugged, abducted and nearly raped by a male captor. After escaping, he encounters a curious pair of glasses that transport him into an alternate world of almost unimaginable gore and cruelty. Moments after arriving he finds himself facing a wall of horrors, "covered with impaled heads and other dripping, black-rot body parts: hands, hearts, feet, ears, penises. Where the f— was this?" No happy ending to this one, either.'
WTF. Yeah, okay, that's pretty dark.
Here's a response to it that I actually read first, which might be influencing me, but I agree with it more. Also, the beginning of that WSJ article is killing me, picturing this mother in Barnes & Noble not able to find anything appropriate. Does your Barnes & Noble not have a Sarah Dessen section because mine does and there are no mentions of incest or murder in those. Maybe vaguely sex, but I don't think the word "penis" is ever actually used. Also, geez, Barnes & Noble is a business, in it to make money, not really put forth the best in young adult literature. Sensationalism sells, kids (and moms), so if you're not into that, please go to your local library or find some used books online.
Also, how badly do you want to read Flowers in the Attic now?