Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wow

First I should tell you I have not read this book. But there is a ton of controversy about it lately because a parent wants it banned. All I can tell you, is look into it yourself and find out how you feel about it.



All I can say is, "wow."
 

25 comments:

LisAway said...

Yeah. Wow. I have wanted to see the movie but didn't even know it was a book or anything about the controversy.

Sara B. Larson said...

Wow. Kind of leaves you speechless, doesn't it?

Lynn said...

Yes, wow. My teen did read this book but I have yet. How courageous for the writer and for all readers who are now SPEAKING. It's a shame that anyone would want to hide this book, to not let a teen have a chance to heal, let a teen feel that they are not alone. The hope is that schools may remove it but books are available Everywhere--highschool does not dictate a teens reading.

Patti said...

WOW is right. Now I want to read this book. Pretty good for her first poem.

Tess said...

You know the book has meaning and importance when it stirs up people like this. Facing truth is always painful. But that is why it is so important.

Kristina P. said...

I've read the book and seen the movie. I don't get it. It's a book about date rape. It's an important book for teenage girls and how to reach out. I don't understand the controversy AT ALL. There are TONS of other books I could see parents becoming concerned about.

And as someone who works with teenage girls, many who have been sexually abused, many time by people in their lives, I would recommend it in a heartbeat.

Heidi said...

Ergh! My stupid computer won't let me see what is in the big white square.

Heidi said...

And, Wow! I have been going back and reading older posts and you have tons of comments! That is so cool!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Ditto my Paper and Parchment comment! LOL. :-)

Terry Stonecrop said...

Thanks for posting this.

It leaves me wondering about the people who want this book banned.

Becca said...

I've read some of the original argument. And the loudest man's contention with the book is that it is soft porn. Because of the rape scenes. I think there needs to be a distinction between what is written to arouse sexual feeling (pornography) and what might arouse that feeling in a person who is disturbed, pathological, or sick (like rape - that is NOT supposed to make you want to go out and get busy).

Thanks for putting this out, Carolyn. Go get a copy. Read it. Then pass it on. (Yeah, thanks, Mom. Sorry about that. But it is a remarkable book.)

ali said...

Oh yeah, I've been reading about this too. Speak is on my TBR list. But from what I've heard I don't think I'd find it offensive. In fact, I think it's subject matter is something that ought to be written about--that's one safe way for kids to read and think about that sort of thing, ya know?

Elana Johnson said...

I have read SPEAK, and it's one of my favorite books. I think people should have the right to censor what they want for their own families. Who they choose to listen to and how the decide what to censor is up to them.

L.T. Elliot said...

This poem was so powerful, so raw, so important. I think it would be a huge mistake to ban this book. Yes, I'm careful of what my kids read--it's my job as a mom--but I think we need books like this. Desperately.

Susan R. Mills said...

Wow is right! I haven't read it, but it should be up to each individual whether or not they allow their child to read any given book. All this hype has actually made me want to read the book. I'm sure I'll allow my daughter to read it too.

Summer Ross said...

I can relate and I'm glad its out there.

LeishaMaw said...

Wow indeed.

Amparo Ortiz said...

Thank you. That's all I have to say :)

Vicki Rocho said...

Hey...where was the "you need a tissue for this" warning? Good thing I'm not wearing any makeup...it won't be running down my face.

Powerful.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Thanks. Wow. I was watching and listening. My daughter (14) got up came in and listened. I cried... Wow...

Jamie Burch said...

That is a powerful poem. I picked up a copy after it was mentioned during WriteOnCon, but I haven't read it yet. I will soon...

Jen said...

I just picked up this book from the library today and I look forward to diving in. I'll let you know what I think!

We don't censor TV, movies or video games, why books?

Medeia Sharif said...

Speak is one of my favorite YA novels. It sickens me that people propose to ban it or any other book.

Julie Wright said...

wow indeed.

KarenG said...

It's the same as twitter. Things are easier with lists but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I had no idea you could list blogs as well.