I have definitely never been accused of being a prude. I enjoy edgy novels, sexy reads and erotica, but I found this coming-of-age graphic novel a little too, er, graphic. However, I am not entirely sure why.
This is not a spoiler, but there is a scene where the young boy begins having wet dreams and there are several scenes depicting this, as well as the young man's discovery of the product of ejaculation. This, to me, is a bit too much for a graphic novel, especially one aimed at teens. Obviously, not everyone is going to have this reaction and it is a highly rated book, the first in a trilogy. I didn't have a problem with the book in its entirety- I loved how the book was rich with beautifully constructed metaphors. I just could not get past this one part.
Did anyone else have issues with this? Am I being totally ridiculous? How can I be completely okay with pornography and erotic novels and the like, but a drawing about an ejaculation makes me close the book never to open again? Perhaps I couldn't get past the fact that it is for a teen audience? I do want to make this clear: This is a banned book and I would never, ever condone banning this book. That is the completely wrong reaction to having a problem with a book. It is just something I struggled with personally. Any insights?