02-20-2011 09:17 PM
I think all kids have a curiosity factor and want to sneak reading a book that their parents tell them are "off limits" or "not for children."
My taboo book that I used to sneak reading when I was a kid was one tucked in the bookshelf - "The Kinsey Report." Although I couldn't comprehend everything it was about, I would still be snickering at some of the diagrams and sharing a "Wonder Years" moment with the adult words I would be coming across.
02-20-2011 09:51 PM
In eighth grade my friends and I had a copy of Peyton Place that was passed to who ever in our group that was on the way to study hall. I sure am glad that our mothers never found out.
02-20-2011 09:55 PM
avid_reader1590, yes, you brought back memories about the book, "Peyton Place". I remember the movie as well as the TV show were something kids were told not to watch.
02-20-2011 10:45 PM
"Fanny Hill." A group of us used to sneak off to the gravel pit and take turns reading it aloud in our most dramatic fashion while the other girls giggled and guffawed. We literally read that book to pieces. We had to use a hair ribbon to hold it together.
02-21-2011 08:16 AM
For me it was Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex but Were Afraid to Ask. It was quite eye opening too. I can't remember exactly how old I was but probably about 12 or 13.
02-21-2011 12:53 PM
My parents had the most benign books at the house so I really had no opportunity to "sneak" anything. I'm sure my brother was enjoying the National Geographics though with the Africa and South America stories. For me, I wasn't allowed to read Harlequins but found some at school and would read them during "SSR". They didn't care what you were reading as long as you were reading.
02-21-2011 02:10 PM
I was lucky enough to not have to sneak books. My parents usually weren't too concerned with what I was reading, they were just glad I was reading. Since they didn't care what I read it wasn't a big deal for me to sneak something I didn't think I should be reading. I would get strange looks from my teachers at school though - I read The Shining (Stephen King) in the fourth grade (I was reading above HS level by then and the books we were required to read in school were too easy for me, I would usually finish them in a day and have to wait a few weeks for the rest of the class to finish). I'm sure a lot of kids out there are sneaking books because their parents say no to it because of what's on the cover. It really surprises me how much parents feel the need to "police" what their kids read, every time I go into a book store there is at least one parent I hear telling their kid that they can't buy a book because they don't like the title, cover picture or whatever on it or they say they have to read the book first to see if it's appropriate and these are books from the kids section they are asking to buy.
02-21-2011 07:15 PM