After reading some of the articles about YA literature as well as some of the discussions we have had regarding the issues of YA, I’ve come to terms with the fact that there are so many conflicts surrounding literature. I have never been aware of terms such as censorship or readership, I didn’t even know there was supposed to be a certain age limit to reading certain books. To me literature is simple, if you enjoy reading a certain genre of book, or certain books by an author, no matter what age you should be able to enjoy that freedom of reading. Knowing that certain books are even banned from schools worry me, we are giving kids this idea that literature is restricted unless you are a certain age. Reading is a freedom, I was reading Harry Potter in grade.3, and now looking at different articles on the internet they have banned Harry Potter books in the past, why? Because the issues are to difficult for children to handle? Yet we expect kids to be making decisions about their lives by the time they reach a certain age, yet we ban books and literature and put a specific age limit on books. What does this accomplish? Children already are veering away from literature and moving towards the age of technology, whole generations will go without knowing the joys of reading a book that has meaning in it. We tell kids that they are to young to deal with certain issues such as sex, violence, and drugs in books, yet they are dealing with these issues in their daily lives at young ages. Reading certain literature at a certain age does not make you a bad person, reading Harry Potter at any age is a freedom, as an adult if I want to read a children’s book because of enjoyment why should there be judgement? These issues concern and frustrate me, and the more I read about censorship or readership or age limits on books and what should or shouldn’t be considered YA literature is disturbing. Adolescent, or puberty is hard enough as is, why should others who think they know better decide what someone can read. We take books away from teens with issues to “protect” them yet they should be reading about current issues, what better way then reading it through books. How far should we go when we decided for others what to read? If a certain book contains issues about gang or drug abuse, should we ban it? If so then shouldn’t we ban the news as well? Should teenagers be reading about current issues because they are young and fragile? Yet we expect them to take make informed and right decisions in their lives, when we tell them what they can or can’t read depending on their age.