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These days, John Green books are as essential on a young person's bookshelves as all the olden day classics, all of the Harry Potters, and even Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging which we're sure you'll agree is MORE than essential.

He creates characters that stay with you forever, and somehow manages to write perfect stories that make your heart burst with love, before ripping it out and stamping all over it, then carefully piecing it back together every single time.

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But this week one of his biggest titles has earned attention for all the wrong reasons, after being named the most challenged book of 2015 across America. Any guesses which one?

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Earlier this month, the American Library Association released its list of the books which were the most 'challenged' over 2015 – in other words, the books which earned the most complaints for bad language or explicit scenes. Sigh.

It was revealed that John's book Looking For Alaska won the err… honour, with tons of schools and libraries banning the book from their shelves. 

So being a pretty successful YouTuber as well as author, John himself has now made a response video on the matter, to discuss the crazy idea of people having a problem with his writing, and why it's wrong to ban books for teenagers.

John addresses the 'most frequently challenged passage' of the novel which is of course, the scene in which Lara and Pudge attempt (and fail) to have oral sex.

John points out that the passage is written clinically and only one adjective is used: nervous, before going on to explain that the point of the scene is to show that "emotionally intimate kissing can be a whole lot more fulfilling than emotionally empty oral sex."

"I don't believe that books - even bad books - corrupt us," he says. "Instead, I believe books challenge and interrogate. They give us windows into the lives of others and give us mirrors so that we can better see ourselves."

It's SUCH an articulate and generally great response, so check out John's opinion on the whole thing below.

What do you make of all this? Surprised to hear that people have such an issue with Looking For Alaska? Let us know with a tweet to @Sugarscape.

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