The Freedom Writer’s Diary by Erin Gruwell

Available At: Air Academy, Aspen Valley (HS), DCC (HS), Mountain Ridge (MS), Pine Creek (HS), Rampart

Categories : Cursing, Drug Abuse, Racism, Sexual, Violence

Description: High school English students write entries in their teacher’s diary about their hardships and accomplishments.

YA Label?: Unknown

Notes: This book contains sexual activities; sexual nudity; alternate sexualities; profanity and derogatory terms; violence including child abuse and molestation; hate including racist commentary; alcohol and drug abuse.

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Page 10: That’s just the way it is, and we all respect that. So when the Asians started trying to claim part of the ‘hood, we had to set them straight.

Page 125: A guy in the corner even said, “Misogyny? Did you say massage me pee-pee?” and started laughing.

Page 150: “As his penis twirled in my mouth, thoughts of the popcorn he promised me ran through my mind…”

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