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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
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Oct 09, 2008

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Funny, but a little smutty. Don't let children read it.
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Sandi I thought I was the only one that held that unpopular opinion.

Rachel Is it unpopular to say that? I didn't know. :)

Kenneth John I wouldn't say that mothers are unnecessary, but teens certainly want to read fiction that reflects their lives and concerns

Steven Stevens Masturbation and "smut" are important parts of a teenage boy's life. Seeing how the book is from a teenage boy's perspective, it's well placed.

Rachel I have a huge problem with you saying that masturbation and smut are important parts of a teenage boy's life. I thank goodness that I know it doesn't have to be that way, at all. I happen to have teenage boys. I teach them to respect women and themselves and not to engage in behaviors that will harm themselves or others. I consider masturbation and pornography to be wrong, and I teach my children so. It can be difficult to teach them right because of a society that considers these behaviors to be fine. Are they engaging in these activities behind my back? It's possible, but I keep an open dialogue about it, with them. They are not afraid to tell me what is going on their lives.
I also was best friends with a Navajo in high school. My sister-in-law is also Navajo, and the story does NOT have to include that smut to tell the tale or accurately describe the story. Not all boys engage in those behaviors, and we don't have to tell tales about those who do. Of course it goes on, but I don't want to read it, so I stand by my opinion. It wasn't necessary and the story would've been even better without it.

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Criss Rosenlof Right on, Rachel!

ɯɐɔ Actually, from a student's POV, these things are quite commonplace. Walk into my school, and--based on your lash back--you probably either wouldn't last a second, or you would have a heart attack. Kids today aren't as civilized when they were "back in the day". Yes, the immature ones in the class will snicker and giggle, but us mature students might smile. Seriously. Are we not allowed to read about what is actually going through our minds? Some of the stuff doesn't go through mine--"Naked woman+right hand=happyhappyjoyjoy", but...really?! I don't see why everyone is making such a big fuss of it. It's a required reading in my class, and I'm glad.

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