BBW Day 6- Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

In honor of Banned Books Week I am highlighting a different banned book each day of the event (maybe even more!) here on my blog.   I’m also hosting a Banned Books Week giveaway.   Included in this giveaway is a signed copy of Unwind so make sure to enter!

Banned Book: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Why/Where It’s Been Banned: “Challenged in the Hillsborough County, Fla. school system (2007) because it was considered too intense for teens. Source: Mar. 2008, p. 59.” (Taken from ala.org)

Why It Should Be Read: First of all,  I wish this information was more specific.  Did it stay in the school system?  Who complained about it? 

Anyway, I’m a huge Sarah Dessen fan so I can’t fathom why any of her books would ever be censored.  Just Listen, along with all of her novels, teaches valuable lessons. Annabel is perceived as the girl who has it all, but she has plenty of family issues and an incident from her recent past that constantly haunts her.  Annabel learns how to deal with her problems and how to reach out for help.  This is a hard lesson for teens to learn, which makes reading this book even more invaluable.  Honestly, censoring this book is right up there with Mr. Scroggins trying to ban Twenty Boy Summer and Speak.  Speak loudly and read Just Listen

Student Response: This is from one of my former students, Tiffany- “Just Listen really has no reason to be banned at all, it talks about a girl who deals with a horrible thing happening to her.  That’s nothing that should cause a book to be banned, it’s something that people see and deal with quite often. Just because someone is not comfortable reading about something that is reality to many people does not mean that it should be banned for everyone, it’s not right.”

Comments

  1. This is the one Sarah Dessen book I have read so far, and I loved it. I think teens would get enough out of this that it’s just silly to have anyone consider banning it.

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      I know! I’ve read all of her books and have them all in my classroom. Just Listen is one of the most popular, and once you read the book it’s easy to understand why.

  2. I never met a Sarah Dessen book I didn’t like!

  3. Madaleine Paul says:

    I realy want to read this book. The Review to it loooks really good

  4. I love Just Listen! such a great book but banned for such a stupid reason! T^T

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