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