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Forbidden Reading

From Judy Blume to V.C. Andrews, there's always a book circulating among teens that their parents don't want them to read. What favorite book did you have to hide from your parents?

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  • OH, I CANNOT believe I entirely forgot how I secretly read 3 or 4 oeuvres of erotica! That would be it! Yes, that was more hiding... but really, mostly a response of hilarity on my parents' parts. Apparently, it tends to be a problem with the 'rents only when it is magnificently well-written AND inappropriate.

  • Fortunately, my parents were always very allowing when it came to books - I remember checking out "One Hundred and One Ways" from my (middle school!) library and my mother simply laughing at the obscenities my 11-year-old mind came across.

    Really, perhaps, the only book I can think of is one my parents possessed, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Historia de mis tristes putas, or Stories of my Sad Whores...a 90-year-old man who wishes to sleep with a (underage, I think?!) virgin before he dies? A little bit too much for a ten-year-old to take. Sadly, the hiding really didn't work for too long.
  • Lost Souls  by Poppy Z. Brite. Homosexual and incest relationships, a run away goth/emo teen, lots of underage drugs and drinking, and vampires to top all of that off. It was the perfect book to read, and I would have caught so much hell if my parents had found it in my room.
  • i never hide books from my parents as they are not really concern about me reading forbidden books, they don't mind me read books as they are big book readers themselves
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  • I never really had anything like that.  My parents weren't huge on Dr. Suess so I had to get my stash on my own, but I didn't have to hide it.
  • It was VC Andrews all the way for me.  My mom read Flowers in the Attic and then announced that we were not allowed.  Silly mom.  I think I was all of 8 or 9 at the time, but forbidden fruit is the sweetest, so I snuck it off the shelf and read it.  Yeah, there was sex in the VC Andrews book and yes, it was incestuous (*GASP*!), but I don't think it has warped me.  Later on, in high school, I went out of my way to get banned book lists and read every one that I could get my hands on.  I'm just a rebel at heart, I guess.

    The mom also tried to censor us from Roots (again, I was 8'ish).  And I remember that she fell asleep and my sister and I snuck out into the living room and watched it anyway.  There's a scene in the beginning, where Kunta Kinte's mother finds his drum and knows that he's been taken, so she wails her heartbreak to the empty trees (gutwrenching!) and my sister and I were waving our hands at the TV saying, "Shhhhh!"  Don't know why the volume button didn't occur to us.
  • Seeing as I'm only 13, I've already hidden books from my parents. And will most likely hide more in the future. But the only book I've hidden is Breaking Dawn. Of course, I didn't know it was worth hiding until I was halfway through with it. And after my mother had considered reading the Twilight series. Luckily, she's forgotten all about that. She would probably disapprove of the content in Breaking Dawn.
    I plan on reading The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, which I will indeed hide from my parents. And I will probably hide The Boy With The Thorn In His Side as well. My parents don't need confirmation on my obsession with Pete Wentz.

  • My mum has never had any issues with what I have been reading but I doubt she'd be too thrilled to learn I own sevral books to do with Neil Strauss' research in to the world of Pick Up Artistry. His studies reveal the workings of the inner male mind and are an amazing read!

    I also own books which are some biographies and some fiction based on the lives of call girls or escorts as some of them are aptly named.

    Find below some pictures and quick mini reviews of my favourite books within the above genres:

    Neil Strauss' Book A recommended read, this book is the follow on to the guide that told you just how hard it can be to not get involved when you are doing such an intense study in to something unknown to you.
    Well worth the time, and also dabbles into the celebrity world.
    Also gives guys tips on how to pick up chicks.




    This is a book a could read over and over.
    The story of Nancy Chan and how she juggles her job as a call girl, living with her boyfriend and keeping her folks from finding out.
    Intresting read to say the least.





    To be honest I could go on and on as I have that many books but I won't.
    I will always recommend a good read though and be appreciative of anyone who wishes to message me with something I should read :)

  • I never had to hide what I was reading from my parents. I've always loved to read, it's a passion my two sisters and I share with our mom, and we were always encouraged to read. I don't think I got into anything too scandalous while I was underage anyway. By the time I started reading things that may be deemed inappropriate for children I was of age.

    Till this day, I still carry the novel I'm currently reading in my purse no matter where it is that I'm going.
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