The 5 Most Inappropriate Young Adult Novels We All Read as Kids (And Would Happily Read Again)

08/13/2013 2:56 PM |


Gerald’s Game, Stephen King
So I was a big Stephen King fan when I was in about sixth and seventh grade. It started when I read Carrie and continued through reading Misery and Dolores Claiborne, It and the novella Apt Pupil. There’s definitely an argument to be made that none of those books are appropriate for a kid who can still show how old she is by holding up the fingers on her hands, but none of those disturbed me in the way Gerald’s Game did. And it’s really for one simple reason, which you might be able to guess from looking at that image above of the cover of the book. I’m talking, of course, about the handcuffs. This book centers around a middle-aged couple who are out in a cabin in the woods, engaging in a little bondage. This is horrifying to a kid because it is impossible to read this book and not wonder if your parents also use handcuffs when they have sex. Aahhh!!! That is a permanently damaging thought that will lead to YEARS of therapy. Do not ever let a child read this book.

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  • What upsets me most about On the Edge, is it did not, in fact mean anything to Francine Pascal since in a latter book, she brings back Regina as though IT NEVER HAPPENED. Way to scar kids and then forget about it Francine.