As you all have witnessed, Wesley Scroggins wrote an article that bashed Laurie Halse Anderson's novel, Speak. He criticized that the two rape scenes were “soft pornography." I couldn't believe my eyes! Are you kidding me? Last time I checked, rape is a horrible thing that ruins people's lives. Not something you can catch flipping through cinemax at night. I am so disgusted at his ignorant comments. Someone needs to educate this man because he is obviously clueless and lives in a bubble.
I for one, have never read Speak. I wish I would have been exposed to such a powerful novel that has the ability to touch students. Instead I got stuck reading boring books such as Romeo & Juliet and Caesar in high school. But, have no fear I will be buying this book asap!
Also, he states that Sarah Ockler's book, Twenty Boy Summer, "glorifies drunken teen parties, where teen girls lose their clothes in games of strip beer pong." How does it glorify it? All it does is tell a story that is realistic now a days! I'm sure he did the same exact thing when he was a teen. He wants to point the finger at others who call out these situations in books, meanwhile he probably did it himself. Hypocrite. That's what Wesley Scroggins is.
I want to express how much I love seeing all these bloggers and authors speak out. Everyone's voice is important and should be heard. I support Laurie and any other Young Adult author who create an accurate setting that doesn't shy away from the truth.
I commend and applaud everyone who has taken stand! Especially since Banned Books Week starts in five days, the time couldn't be better.
- If you haven't read his article go here.
- Laurie posted a classy post about her reaction to this article here.
Summary: Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.
CONTEST IS CLOSED.
::Suck It Wesley Scroggins Contest Details::
-One person will win Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.
-This contest is INTERNATIONAL (Book will be ordered through the Bookdepository.)
-Deadline will be on October 1, 2010 at midnight EST time.
(Please enter through form and not comments, thanks!)
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