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92 books · 105 voters · list created September 23rd, 2010 by Kat Kennedy (votes) .
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message 1: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Don't consider me rude, but I've read all but 2 of these books, and those that I've read don't "demonstate abusive relationships, normalize low self-esteem", except maybe Twilight. And I know mothers who have read these books that love them as much as their daughters. They obviously had no problem with giving their daughters these books, and they often discuss them and fawn over the same characters. While these can be common themes, I don't think they are at all demonstrated in the books that I've read. I just thought I put that our there.


message 2: by Kat Kennedy (new)

Kat Kennedy Yeah, sorry I don't agree. I've read all but one.


message 3: by AH (new)

AH The House of Night series should be here.


message 4: by Kat Kennedy (new)

Kat Kennedy By all means, pease add!


message 5: by Jenn (new)

Jenn Ive only read around 1/3 of the list, but I still need to put my two cents in. Some books, like Twilight, do demonstrate these qualities and should be on the list. Others, should not. The Mortal Instruments series doesnt show abusive relationships, doesnt normalize low-self esteem, doesnt encourage girls to be helpless and let the man take care of it. Same with House of Night (mostly). Sometimes I wonder if people even read the books before they decide it shouldnt be read by others.


message 6: by oliviasbooks (new)

oliviasbooks I consider myself lucky that I had a mom who wasn't concerned at all about what I chose to read. I suppose she trusted me to judge for myself. Oh horror, if somebody had tried to limit my choices!


message 7: by Kat Kennedy (new)

Kat Kennedy Seriously, people it's just a silly list. I assume MI is on there because Jace is an insufferable jackass but I could be mistaken. Let your daughters read whatever the hell you want. I was only making a point about the depiction of relationships in YA teen lit.


message 8: by oliviasbooks (last edited Oct 25, 2010 02:22AM) (new)

oliviasbooks You are certainly right, Kat. These relationships are sometimes very strange and I repeatedly wonder why people see a (anti)hero - like for instance Patch - as the ideal boyfriend. But I wonder as often about the multiple restrictions some adult readers would like to see in novel plots for a target group labeled as young "adults".
I am aware that you didn't start this list to go on a crusade!


message 9: by Jenn (new)

Jenn oliviasbooks wrote: "I consider myself lucky that I had a mom who wasn't concerned at all about what I chose to read. I suppose she trusted me to judge for myself. Oh horror, if somebody had tried to limit my choices!"

Same here Olivia. If someone had tried to limit what I wanted to read, there would have been fur flying!


Spider the Doof Warrior Twilight didn't seem too bad for me. If I had daughters I'd let them read those, but those other books... Urg. Edward didn't seem nearly as bad and jerk-like as Patch, Jace and that other dude who was also a jerk too >< UGH! Jerks are NOT SEXY!


message 11: by Chichipio (new)

Chichipio Synesthesia wrote: "Edward didn't seem nearly as bad and jerk-like as Patch, Jace and that other dude who was also a jerk too >< UGH! Jerks are NOT SEXY!"
as opposed to really old dudes who like to stalk young girls while they're sleeping and also happen to be control freaks, of course. LOL!

These creeps are not the problem, though. They're out there--sans the supernatural part. The problem is how the girls in these books see those creeps. Jerks or not, all these guys reject the girls rather forcefully for 3/4 of the book and the girls love it!

Anyway, most parents don't have anything to worry about. If they did a good job "forming"--not just teaching--their kids, they won't have any problem recognizing when a character is just acting like an idiot.


message 12: by AH (new)

AH The books I've added, I've read. I stuck with the House of Night series up to Burned and I really don't see the attraction of this series for young readers. I certainly would not want my daughter (if I had one) to be sleeping with a peer at school, her teacher, and some paranormal flying bird man. The sex scenes did not add to the story at all. The language was vile. I understand that's how people talk, but it is still not something I would want my kids to read.

Anyhow, I've never told my kids not to read something. I do tell them when a book might make them feel uncomfortable.


Spider the Doof Warrior You do have a point about the stalking... I never really noticed the creepiness of that, but he wasn't an outright jerk like some of these guys. URG. I want an anti-pheramone to keep such men away from me.
I think I'll wear snakes. Maybe that will work.

But yeah, the fact that the girls were like, this guy flipped me off, now I shall try to learn more about him and get him to date me was so ANNOYING! AUGH!

Though as a kid I hated folks telling me what to read. When I have kids we can talk about what we read and what we learned from it.


message 14: by Dia (new)

Dia AH wrote: "The House of Night series should be here."

i agree!


message 15: by Fernanda (new)

Fernanda I added the House of Night series. It may not have abusive relationships, but it does teaches the readers to judge a girl by her sexuality or how she dresses, and that's not a nice menssage. And Fallen, of course.


message 16: by Mel (new)

Mel Fernanda wrote: "I added the House of Night series. It may not have abusive relationships, but it does teaches the readers to judge a girl by her sexuality or how she dresses, and that's not a nice menssage. And Fa..."

One hundred percent agreed.


message 17: by Esther (new)

Esther Hannah wrote: "Don't consider me rude, but I've read all but 2 of these books, and those that I've read don't "demonstate abusive relationships, normalize low self-esteem", except maybe Twilight. And I know mothe..."

I completely agree, Most of these books shouldn't be on this list!


message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

I don't believe in censoring what people read, so it's not really something I can contemplate. There are books I wouldn't recommend but not that I would disallow.


message 19: by [deleted user] (new)

I feel incredibly lucky that my mother never decided what I could and couldn't read.


message 20: by [deleted user] (last edited Oct 16, 2011 01:16PM) (new)

Shauna wrote: "I feel incredibly lucky that my mother never decided what I could and couldn't read."

Same here! Mom never censored me. She let me read anything I wanted. I saw Lolita when I was 13 and I think its truly awful.


message 21: by Nick (new)

Nick How did Shiver get on this list? It's like an antidote to the Twilight series.


message 22: by Ebony (new)

Ebony I would never limit my actual daughters reading list. However, if she were to pick up twilight or any of the others on the list I would def. make sure she is aware that a boyfriend watching them while they sleep or one who limits who they can be friends with is not a good man to be with. A boyfriend being a jackass too you also is not a good choice in men. Obsession is not love.


message 23: by B.R (new)

B.R Shauna wrote: "I feel incredibly lucky that my mother never decided what I could and couldn't read."

Mine never did, which I'm happy about. She knows that they're just books and that I am old enough to know what makes a good/bad relationship.


message 24: by georgia ☽ (new)

georgia ☽ I dont think that The Mortal Instrument Series deserves to be on this list. Or the darkest powers trilogy. or the infernal devices. and twilight isnt that bad.


message 25: by littlebookbosomed (last edited Mar 06, 2012 03:53AM) (new)

littlebookbosomed bookreview Seriously Hush Hush? Perfect Chemistry?You got it all wrong. But, I dont mind you putting HouseofNight.


littlebookbosomed bookreview Fernanda wrote: "I added the House of Night series. It may not have abusive relationships, but it does teaches the readers to judge a girl by her sexuality or how she dresses, and that's not a nice menssage. And Fa..."
Totally agree


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* oliviasbooks wrote: "I consider myself lucky that I had a mom who wasn't concerned at all about what I chose to read. I suppose she trusted me to judge for myself. Oh horror, if somebody had tried to limit my choices!"

Amen to that!


message 28: by Kyle (new)

Kyle Excellent list!

I added Born at Midnight for similar reasons as to why Fernanda added HoN. Teaches girls that anybody wearing somewhat revealing clothing is a slut, anybody who expresses themselves in different ways is a freak, and many messages nobody should need to hear.


message 29: by Bridgette (new)

Bridgette Collins I thought that Clary from MI and Aislinn from Wicked Lovely, among others, are kick-butt heroines who do know when to take charge. The thing is that some people think that since Clary let Jace and Alec deal with some of the confrontations in the book she is placid or "TSTL" because she let the men handle it, but she let Isabel deal with it as well because they actually knew how to fight and kill and she didn't. Just because she couldn't win a knife fight with a monster after one go doesn't mean she is weak.


message 30: by Priya (new)

Priya Nadd wrote: "Seriously Hush Hush? Perfect Chemistry?You got it all wrong. But, I dont mind you putting House of Night."

Perfect Chemistry shouldn't be on here, I agree. And I really don't think Patch is as bad as you all are making him out to be, though it has been a while since I've read them. Yes, Patch acted like an ass sometimes, but don't all guys do that at one point or another?
MI shouldn't be on here either. The heroine, Clary, is perfectly fine. I do hate, however, how long the series is. There's five or six books when there could/should have been only three. Same goes for HoN and The Immortals series by Alyson Noel... way too long.


message 31: by Agnik (new)

Agnik oliviasbooks wrote: "I consider myself lucky that I had a mom who wasn't concerned at all about what I chose to read. I suppose she trusted me to judge for myself. Oh horror, if somebody had tried to limit my choices!"

I agree we should learn to make our own joices.


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