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Looking For Alaska: Banned Book Project

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Nathan Katica September 16th, 2010 Period 4A Banned Book Project: Looking for Alaska Miles Halter lives a very boring life. He is not depressed, but just lacks excitement in life. As a result, he will pretty much do anything for a hobby, but his favorite one is finding famous last words. Eventually he decides that he is missing a drive to live, what he calls his "Great Perhaps". So in order to fill this void he decides to go to boarding school in Alabama. Upon arriving at the school, which has no air-conditioning, he meets his soon-to-be best friend Chip, and Chip gives him the nickname Pudge because he is actually very skinny. ...read more.


Looking for Alaska was temporarily banned from a Depew High School in Buffalo, New York in 2008, because it contains an oral sex scene, a pornographic movie, swearing, smoking, and drinking. The book was being used in an 11th grade Literature class. It was obvious that there was some material in the book that might not be considered appropriate for teenagers. As a result, teachers sent a letter home to parents providing them with the option of reading an alternate book. Nonetheless, parents were worried on behalf of the students who didn't select to read the alternate book, and had the book temporarily banned from the school. In September of 2009, it showed up on the list of 43 books challenged in Leesburg, Florida. ...read more.


Alaska actually states that the video isn't romantic and objectified women, and turns the video off. It is much more likely that teens will take this advice if it is from an attractive girl, telling a boy that this material objectified women, in an interesting book where there is no bias against sex. As a matter of fact, teens would probably believe anything an attractive girl, that liked them, told them to understand! On the other hand, parents are highly biased against sex, and as a result, teenagers will probably not take that advice. Some people could say that this book encourages sex, drugs, and drinking as filling the void of excitement and popularity. However, at the end of this book, Pudge loses the one he loves most-and death is a symbol, used as a strong indicator that none of these things should be used as a coping mechanism. ...read more.

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