John Green’s young-adult novel about a pair of star-crossed teenagers who are both dying from cancer is an international best-seller and spawned a summer hit movie, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as the doomed Hazel and Augustus. But it has also now been banned from the Riverside Unified School District middle schools in California.
The district’s book reconsideration committee voted six-to-one last week to pull all copies of the book from library shelves at Frank Augustus Miller Middle School, the Press Enterprise reports. The committee voted after one parent, Karen Krueger, made the case against young people reading a book on death, illness and sex, saying, “I just didn’t think it was appropriate for an 11-, 12-, 13-year-old to read. I was really shocked it was in a middle school.” Other committee members worried that tweens would struggle with the book’s themes of mortality.
When a fan asked Green what he thought of the decision on his Tumblr, the author gave the following answer: