Daily Archives: October 1, 2009

Banned Books Week Spotlight – Gossip Girl Series

What: Gossip Girl Series by Cecily von Zeigesar

Why:

Banned for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, being unsuited to age group and offensive language.

Thoughts:

This series has been on the most challenged books list since 2006, and often for the same chain of reasoning, as stated above. Yes, this is a mature and somewhat graphic book. It does glamorize drugs (weed) sex (the never ending quest to lose one’s virginity before the age of 18) and friendship, backstabbing and shopping binges.

Is this book realistic? Not in comparison on my high school. Is this book over the top? Comletely. And the funny part, is that these characters doing these controversial things are flawed, clueless and immature. They are not role models, nor are they meant to be role models. The series has since transformed intself into a milder TV show. I wouldn’t recommend this book for teens under the age of 16, because of the mature content, but no matter how outlandish, the issues the teens these book deal with are symbolic of the same issues all teens deal with: peer pressure, friendship, puberty and maturity.
Instead of challenging these books, why not sit down with your child and discuss the issues and consequences and how they could relate to your child.

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You can read my review of the series by following these links:

Gossip Girl here

You Know You Love Me here

All I Want is Everything here

Because I’m Worth It here

I Like It Like That here

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Its My Birthday Book Giveaway — Winners

Yes, plural.

Since not that many people signed up for this contest, I have enough books for everyone who entered to select a book of their choice. I will e-mail everyone the list of available titles!

This has seriously been one of the best Birthday months for me in a long, long time, my head is swimming. I transfer to a beautiful, brand new library, get engaged, get a sewing machine from my mom and sister, get a crapload of yarn from a friend moving to Illinois, and just so much more. I’ve barely had time to think, much less sit down and read. But that’s life…and I go where it takes me. =)

Thanks everyone for participating in this contest. I hope you enjoy the books!