Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler
Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)
Genre: fiction, YA
Challenge: Banned Books 2009
Review: First, an article about a challenge to this book by parents in a school in Jacksonville, FL.
My response: Honestly, I didn't much notice the word that the parents were complaining about. I had a much bigger problem with the names the girls in the book call each other, but obviously, not a big enough problem to think that I had the right to control what other people can or can't read.
Overall, I think this book might have been too subtle for me. Mara and V don't get along, can't stand each other, etc. until suddenly they can. I felt like there was a little bit of character development that I missed. Otherwise, this is a good story about how the "good girl" can have a positive influence on the "bad girl" and (more importantly?) vice versa, without being too heavy-handed.