13 Books Banned in the US That You Should Read

2022 has seen more challenged or banned books than years past due to complaints of racism, sexually explicit content, offensive language, or sexual orientation themes.

13. This Book Is Gay by Juno Dawson

This Book Is Gay addresses the dearth of non-heteronormative sexual education. It is frequently on banned book lists and was removed from the library of Hart High School in California because it supposedly teaches children “how to engage in gay sex.”

12. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a contemporary novel about two high school seniors who befriend a teen with leukemia. In 2021, it ranked seventh in the ALA list of most challenged books in the US.

11. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez

A love story set against the backdrop of 1930s New London, Texas, culminating in the infamous New London school explosion. Some of these raw details include mentions of child abuse, violence, and sexually explicit language.

10. 1984 by George Orwell

This dystopian staple cautions society against the consequences of fascism, totalitarianism, and the surveillance state. Despite this, 1984 continues to be challenged for its supposed pro-communist leanings and graphic content.

9. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The book has also been interpreted as having anti-colonialist, anti-Christian themes because of its Indigenous point-of-view.

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