Yesterday, I must concede, I was wondering about under what conditions I think a book should be banned. Today I came across this report on Guardian.co.uk (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/sep/29/defend-novel-school-ban). In this case (and without having read the book myself) I agree that the book should not be banned. I do think it is a good thing that books also deal with teenage rape, including what may be motivating the rapist! As long as the overall message is clear then I certainly think it is better that kids are introduced to the real world through a book than through a personal experience or even on TV or at the movies.