This week we want to talk about ...
Is there a YA Book that You’ve Read that You Wouldn’t Let Your YA-aged Child Read? Why?
Erin: GAH - have you heard of the book The Kingdom of Little Wounds? I started this one and had to set it aside for a bit. I will definitely pick it back up but can’t believe that this one is rated YA. There are so many things in this book that make me wonder who actually determined the category on it. There are forced sexual situations, mutilation, and disease. While it may be a great book (I don’t know yet as I haven’t finished) as I was reading, I couldn’t really figure out who would let their child read this book.
Kassiah: I remember you telling us about this book in a podcast episode, Erin. I definitely want to know your thoughts if/when you finish it--it's on my TBR but I'm not sure I can handle it.
Jaime: I remember that one too Erin… hmmm I don’t know that even knowing how lenient I am with my child that I’d let him pick that one up based on what I’ve heard. But man, this is a tough question. I don’t ever want to limit his chance to experience these worlds, but I also think that I already let him read up from his age group right now and I’m okay with that. However, I do think that there are some things I would feel uncomfortable with him reading at certain ages. The first book that came to mind when I read this question was The Hunger Games. Despite the amazing story and journey of the characters there is a lot of violence and I don’t know that I would want him experiencing that too early I could see him maybe reading that around 14-15 but if he showed an interest in reading it earlier than that, we’d definitely talk about it and maybe even read it together. I’m hoping he wants to start reading Harry Potter soon… is 8 too young lol?
Meg: I think I’m going to be the oddball here. I grew up with a mom who was a Middle School librarian. Because of her job, and her personal beliefs about books, I was never censored from what I could read. I read a lot of the things that were banned from the library and probably a lot of things that weren't “age appropriate” or at least maybe not for everyone. I look back on these books with a lot of fondness, not because they all turned out to be my favorites, but because they brought about some amazing conversations with my mom. She used so many of them as teachable moments and I look forward to doing that with my boys. After saying all of that, I have to say, every parent knows their kid best, some can handle what others can’t, so maybe when my boys are older I won’t feel the same. Only time will tell…
Jaime: LOL Meg, you’re not the oddball!! I think it’s definitely a chance to have conversations with you kids, and I think that a lot of what is censored in libraries isn’t necessarily what I’d limit my kid from reading to be honest. I think your mom and I should sit down and talk books!
Kassiah: I agree with Jaime, Meg, you're not the oddball. I don't want to censor, but like you said, parents know their kids best, and I just don't think one of my kids could handle the same things I read when I was her age. My grandma gave me all of VC Andrews' books when I was in middle school! LOL
Now that you’ve read some of our thoughts, let us know what you’re thinking in the comments below! We’ll be back next week with a brand new topic and lots more to talk about.
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