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School bans ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’

Coming-of-age novel is removed from an Illinois junior high for frank descriptions of sex.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor May 14, 2013 6:17PM

One Chicago-area school banned the book “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” after two parents complained about sexual content and inappropriate language, reports WGNtv.com.

The book was part of a classroom collection at Hadley Junior High, which is part of Glen Ellyn School District 41. It was not required reading.

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“They're young adults, and we can't keep them in a bubble. If [the complaining parents] want to keep their kids in a bubble, that's fine, but they shouldn't be telling me what to do. They can exercise their choice not to read it, but don't take away ours,” parent Anne Blyth told UPI.com.

The book, written by Stephen Chbosky, was published in 1999, and the film adaptation was released last year. It’s a story chronicling the struggles of a 15-year-old boy starting his freshman year of high school. More from MSN Living: 8 most wrinkled dog breeds

Sue Kowalski of The Bookstore in Glen Ellyn told UPI.com that the banning of the book has created an uptick in interest.

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"It suddenly becomes the most desirable book there is. It seems to me that banning a book has the opposite reaction than what they might have hoped," she said. 

The book was third on the American Library Association's 2009 list of banned books due to its contents pertaining to sex, alcohol and drugs. For example, the book was challenged on a Wyoming, Ohio, district’s high school reading list for its frank descriptions of masturbation, sex, drugs and suicide. 

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