Jodi Picoult's Nineteen Minutes and Steven Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower have two things in common. They both delve into complicated topics of teenage bullying and social struggles, and Highland Park High School parents don't want their kids reading either of them. Both contain passages of sexually explicit situations, which some parents say are pornographic.
WTPS Jodi Picoult's Nineteen Minutes is one of the novels being challenged by HPHS parents.
In a flurry of e-mails exchanged between furious parents and HPHS English teachers last month, parents expressed their frustration that kids were reading sexually-charged contemporary fiction and not enough from the classical literary canon.More »