The first problem I have with this situation is the fact that not a single instance of this re-categorization has been spawned by a parental or teen complaint, but from library administrators.
The second problem with this is that the book is being considered inappropriate for its intended audience. Well, let the audience decide that, then. If the book is written for older teens, then let those teens bring forward the complaints. And if the book is inappropriate for younger readers, then they will either put the book back, or enjoy it. In either case, the library is responsible for keeping the books available for their intended audiences so that they are accessible, not hidden in the "wrong" area so no teens can find the book.
The complaint has been raised that the cover is too "High School Musical" for such a raunchy book. Well, the title has the word "castration" in it. If a teen doesn't want to read about castration, then they probably won't. Some administrators declared that because the word is split up that young people won't necessarily notice what the word is. I think that is just an insult to young people everywhere! To claim that they can't figure out a word because it's split into three sections? Preposterous!
I have not read the book, so I can't speak for it in terms of its content, but I have read Wizner's Spanking Shakespeare, and while it was rather sexual at times, it was a very humorous, witty, and touching book that, I felt, was very deserving of the classification of Young Adult. And it's not as if Random House it trying to hide the content of the book. The description on their website reads,
"Jake Wizner's story within a story takes the battle of the sexes to a whole new level in a bawdy, uproarious romp that's laugh-out-loud fun."It's not as though the publisher is hiding the fact that the book is "bawdy." If people don't want to read it, they won't. Young people are amazingly discerning when it comes to what they do or don't want to read. So why are some people so intent upon this strange breed of "protection" that just makes access to books more difficult? ~sigh~
Thanks for listening! And don't forget to comment if you've read the book or come across any other incidents with this book!