“Gossip Girls” books – too racy for teen readers??
Some parents in Leesburg, Florida are asking the public library to ban certain books in the “Gossip Girls” collection from the Young Adults section at the Leesburg Library.
A couple mothers are especially concerned about 2 of the books in the section frequented by 12 to 18 year olds. “Only in Your Dreams: A Gossip Girl Novel” and “The Bermudez Triangle” are believed to involve racy topics, bad language and drug references. The mothers refer to one chapter entitled “Helmets are almost as important as condoms” to support their argument that the books should not be in the Young Adult section.
The library director believes the books are in the appropriate section and claimed that there is not anything in them that teenagers don’t see on television.
The Library Advisory Board is going to address the issue at the next meeting and make a recommendation.
Do you think teens should be prohibited from reading these books? Is it inappropriate for teens to read a book with references to sex and drugs? Or does this present an opportunity to think about real life issues and start a discussion?