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Lucky by Gabrielle Bell
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Jan 21, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: did-not-finish

I had heard good things about Bell, and I excitedly requested all of her work offered by my library. I settled down with "Lucky", in anticipation. I got to page 15 and closed the book in disgust. The inner dialogue in the first panel of page 15 reads: "After reading the entire thing three times, the illustration still looked retarded. I had no choice but to send it off anyway and pretend I was a retard. DEER SURS, HEER IZ THE PICHUR THAT I DRAWED. I HOWP THET YEW LIK IT."
This is not okay. It's dehumanizing hate speech, plain and simple. People with mental and developmental difficulties are still human beings, deserving respect and decency. Using words like "retard" and "retarded" is profoundly hurtful, demeaning, belittling, and dehumanizing. I have no interest in reading anyone who uses such thoughtless, ugly language. I'm returning this, as well as her other books, to the library today, and I won't attempt to read her again.
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Reading Progress

January 21, 2010 – Started Reading
January 21, 2010 – Shelved
January 21, 2010 – Finished Reading
June 22, 2016 – Shelved as: did-not-finish

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