Monday, May 14, 2007

WHAT MY MOTHER DOESN'T KNOW Restricted in Wisconsin

Sonya Sones' book What My Mother Doesn't Know has been restricted in Wisconsin. The challenger referred to it as "soft porn," indicating that she has apparently never seen any porn, soft or otherwise.

What struck me was this quote from the author, which I can really relate to.
[Sones] said in writing her book at the outset she didn't think it would be controversial. Other books, she said, depict teens drinking alcohol, using drugs and having sex, while her book does not.

Sones said she wanted her book to address a girl's first bra, period, crush, kiss and love, as well as her second and third loves.
Don't ask for whom the book banners accuse of being "soft porn." They toll for thee. Or something like that.


Blogger Little Willow said...

I really think this title is the most controversial thing about it. Really. The book is so very cute, such a quick and lively read, such great insight into the mind of a young high schooler dealing with life! school! boys! without being either too fluffy nor too heavy.

I'm a bookseller who has recommended this and other Sones books to many customers. I've seen parents pull back when I start handing it to them, and I gently continue talking about the book as if nothing happened, though I sometimes slip in, "Read it yourself first, if you'd like. It will take you just an afternoon, and it will be an afternoon well-spent."

It's a sweet story, and I look forward to the sequel, which hasn't come my way just yet, but my eyes are peeled!

My favorite Sones to date is One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Little Willow said...

Sonya, thank you so much for dropping by my Bildungsroman blog. I am honored and flattered.

As I read your comment, a customer was present, and she jumped for joy upon hearing your name.

Best wishes with the release! Let me know if you are ever in the mood to be interviewed.

7:36 PM  
Blogger undeadgoat said...

My goodness! I don't think that book even acknowledges the existence of orgasms. It just sort of, you know, obliquely implies that teenage crushes are not pure intellectual things.

6:38 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am simply appalled that my daughter and her friends read this book, which they got from their 7th grade teacher. If you care anything about your child DO NOT let them read this. there is nothing in this book at all that teaches them anything good or has a lesson of some sort in which they can learn.

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is unfortunate that the level of appalling ignorance indicated by the previous comment might actually dissuade someone from enjoying this captivatingly authentic novel about the young adult experience.

6:45 AM  
Blogger Nia said...

I'd like to comment to Lois, I agree with you about this book, think about it, I'm sure you have heard of the many instances of child predators today, this is the kind of book they would use to prepare their subjects, I've studied them. This moves the childs mind into the right position to push them a little further. What I'm surprised about is that their are so many adults with this type of mind. We know they can't be that ignorant or innocent, they can only convince a young immature mind that they mean no harm. They hope that you won't expose it or just get with the program.

5:47 AM  

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