Statement of Philosophy
Stated plainly, we do not believe in book banning, challenging books in libraries or schools, or in general interfering with the rights of others to choose what they and their children will read.
That said, we also believe in the right of all adults to make informed decisions -- for themselves, for their own children, for their students (if they are teachers), and for their libraries (if they are librarians). Therefore we believe that providing them with factual, nonjudgmental information about the content of books helps them to make these decisions for themselves. That is why we have the Concerns section -- it's a place to list content that some people, but not others, might find problematic, so that readers of the site can make informed decisions for themselves.
What to Do With This Section
When listing information in the Concerns section, please remember that this is not a place to judge, to rant, or to push an agenda -- it is just a listing of factual information about the content of the book, in a number of categories: Sex, Violence, Drugs, Language, Commercialism, Scariness, Emotional Intensity, Questionable Behavior, Mature Themes, Gender/Racial Issues.
Please put items in this section in the following format -- Category: Brief list of facts. Here's are some examples:
Language: Liberal use of swearing, especially s--t.
Violence: Lots -- shootings, murders, explosions. Alex is chased, shot at, punched, drugged, and left to drown or be killed by a giant jellyfish, which then gruesomely kills a woman. Several bloody beatings, threats with guns.
Commercialism: Numerous products and stores mentioned, depicted as cool.
Drugs: Smoking, drinking, drunkenness, alcoholism are mentioned but not described.
Behavior: Alex frequently and rashly risks his life. The main character lies about his age to get a cab license.
Sex: Sex talk and sex fantasies, moderately graphic. One character has frequent sex with men she doesn’t love, not described. A drunken husband rapes his wife.