Read the first paragraph below, or click here to read the entire essay: Carly Hurst – The ‘Perks’ of Controversial Texts in Curricula: The Benefit of Young Adult Literature on Adolescents in the Classroom
Have you ever heard a song on the radio with a terrible beat or a screechy singer but had eloquent lyrics? Like a diamond in the rough, the true beauty is buried underneath layers of dirt. This premise can be seen in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a young adult novel surrounded by controversy. Due to its somewhat risqué themes, the book is undoubtedly ribald, thus causing quite a flurry by parents about its use in curricula. However, this novel should not be censored because it not only integrates modern young adult literature into classrooms, relating better with students, but also serves educational purposes by enlightening adolescents using real-life situations in a safe environment.