"When I told my sister that some people were outraged by the language in my book, she said, “They should try living through it.” And that’s just it. Eleanor & Park isn’t some dystopian fantasy about a world where teenagers swear and are cruel to each other, and some kids have terrible parents. Teenagers swear and are cruel to each other. Some kids have terrible parents. Some girls have terrible stepdads who shout profanity at them and call them sluts – and some of those girls still manage to rise above it. When these people call Eleanor & Park an obscene story, I feel like they’re saying that rising above your situation isn’t possible. That if you grow up in an ugly situation, your story isn’t even fit for good people’s ears. That ugly things cancel out everything beautiful."
Talking With Rainbow Rowell About Censorship (via laurenmorrill)
This whole situation is just sad and disheartening, and reading this interview with Rainbow yesterday, this is the bit that really hit me right in the solar plexus. That when we call stories like this “obscene” and want kids not to read them, we’re telling the kids who actually lead lives like this- and there are so, so many kids who lead lives like Eleanor’s and Park’s-that they’re lesser.