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

08/13/2013 2:56 PM |

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My Sweet Audrina, V.C. Andrews
So, despite already referencing one V.C. Andrews book (and really, this list could have just been all V.C. Andrews, all the time) I had to include My Sweet Audrina because while all of Andrews’s work revolves around themes of incest, deceit, secret babies (classic, right?) many of her series bear a striking similarity to each other; Audrina, though, stands alone. Unique for Andrews because it was a one-off and not part of a larger series, Audrina is one of the best and creepiest books ever, but maybe not appropriate for the YA section of a library because it involves a nine-year-old whose family convinces her that she’s her own dead sister because she was gang-raped after being set up by her father’s illegitimate daughter. I know! Crazy. Other disturbing details in the book include a lot of talk of “swollen breast buds” and Audrina’s father’s really gross, thick toenails. I haven’t read this book in a long time, though I am tempted to do it again, if only because I admire the fact that so many of the characters’ names are Nabokovian (Audrina Whitefern Adare, Vera, Arden, etc), but I still think that maybe this book should be filed in some other section than Young Adult. Librarians, man, they must be a pretty kinky bunch.

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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.