We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchison

Available At: Liberty, Pine Creek, Rampart

Categories: Cursing, LGBTQ+, Racism, Sexual

Description: A young adult science fiction novel that follows Henry, whose boyfriend recently committed suicide.

YA Label?: No

Notes: Contains inexplicit sexual activities; sexuality; and sexual nudity; frequent profanity; violence; references to suicide; alcohol use; and inflammatory racial commentary.

Violations (Miller Test [MT] & Colorado Obscenity Test [CD])

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Page 1: “‘Think about all those little rituals that sustain you throughout your day- from the moment you wake up until the last, lonely midnight hour when you guzzle a gallon of NyQuil to drown out the persistent voice in your head. The one that whispers you should give up, give in, that tomorrow won’t be better than today.”

Page 2: “Like kissing, for instance. You wouldn’t let a stranger off the street spit into your mouth, but you’ll swap saliva with the boy or girl who makes your heart race and your pits sweat and gives you boners at the worst fucking times.”

Page 10: “Jesse Franklin frequently saw me naked and claimed to enjoy it, but he was my boyfriend…”

Page 28: “I’m not going to lie: it made me want to masturbate.”

Page 46: “Marcus grabbed his crotch. ‘I’ve got something you could-‘…’Oh.’ Marcus twisted my nipple. I slapped his hand away. ‘Dick!’”

Page 96: “I’m not. She was using me for my big prick…”

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