The Banned Books Section

A teenage girl walked into a Barnes & Noble and asked a bookseller where the banned books are.

“Which one?”

“All of them. Where do you keep them?”

When the bookseller tried to explain that there isn’t a section but he can show her a few, she told him, “nevermind” and stomped out of the store.

After hearing about this exchange, I rolled my eyes. However, it inspired me to make my own list of banned books and their reasons so here you are, teenage girl. These were all banned from American schools and libraries or were threatened with banishment. I’ll keep adding to it!


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Native Americans portrayed as humans with feelings.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – The N word.

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging – In England, “snogging” means, “making out”.

Animal Farm – Livestock communists.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. – A girl gets her period.

The Awakening – Sexual content.

Beloved – Violence.

Bless Me, Ultima – Hispanics portrayed as humans with feelings.

Blubber – Bullying.

Brave New World – Nothing but drugs and orgies.

Candide – Sexual content.

The Canterbury Tales – That word doesn’t mean what you think it means.

Catch-22 – Anti-military.

Catcher in the Rye – Disenchantment. May cause youths to refer to parents as, “phonies”.

A Clockwork Orange – Have you read this thing?

Elmer Gantry – Church leaders can be bad people.

Fahrenheit 451 – Contains the words, “damn” and “hell”.

Fanny Hill – Fanny. Heh heh.

Go Ask Alice – High on drugs, a girl licks a statue.

Gone with the Wind – Racist and demeaning stereotypes.

The Grapes of Wrath – A lady gives a starving man her breast milk. From the tap.

The Great Gatsby – “References to sex.”

The Handmaid’s Tale – It’s a book all about rape and bucking the establishment.

The Harry Potter Series – Muggles don’t like Christianity being left out of their kid’s books.

The Help – Poop in a pie?

“Howl” – Cussing.

Invisible Man – Sympathetic to black people.

Julie of the Wolves – Attempted rape.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover – I think the title is pretty self explanatory.

Lolita – Middle aged man falls in love with fourteen-year-old girl. No, sorry. Twelve-year-old.

Mein Kampf – Adolf Hitler’s “Make Germany Great Again”.

Moby Dick – Texas.

Moll Flanders – A poor woman does what she needs to do to survive.

Naked Lunch – Drugs and decapitations.

Nickel and Dimed – Exposes teenagers to reality. 

Of Mice and Men – Alluded sexual assault. Don’t ask about the rabbits.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Turns readers off of the nursing profession.

The Outsiders – Greasers as protagonists.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Drug use and homosexual.

Persepolis – The heroine is an intelligent, adorable Muslim girl.

The Scarlet Letter – Love child. Never meant to be.

A Separate Peace – Two boys might “like like” each other.

Slaughterhouse-Five – Profanity. 

Sons and Lovers – Oedipus complex.

Song of Solomon – President Obama’s favorite book.

Sophie’s Choice – May cause depression.

Stranger in a Strange Land – Texas.

To Kill a Mockingbird – Precocious children. Racism and a rape trial.

Tropic of Cancer – French bohemians have lots of sex.

Ulysses – Spanking.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Black people portrayed as humans with feelings.

The Witches – Misogyny.

A Wrinkle in Time – “Challenges religious beliefs.”


Nicolina Torres
Nicolina Torres

Nikki worked for Barnes & Noble for 15 years, in seven stores. She is the author of This Red Fire, Young Nation, and Girls Who Wear Glasses. She prefers to live in the country and is a new aunt to a potential bookworm.

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