1. Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the Rye
Banned for: Strong language, sexual references, and for encouraging rebellion.
2. Alaska Young, Looking for Alaska
Banned for: Strong language, drug use, and sexually explicit situations.
3. Hester Prynne, The Scarlet Letter
Banned for: The book has been called “pornographic and obscene,” yet there is no sex in the book. Really it’s banned because of the plot: Hester’s adulterous affair with Arthur Dimmesdale and the resulting pregnancy.
4. Janie Crawford, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Banned for: Sexual content and explicit language.
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