Banned Book Week Giveaway

>In honor of Banned books week, I’m giving away two books.  We all love book give-aways, right?  I was originally planning on only giving away 1 book, but with that lovely fiasco last week, I decided to go ahead and add another. 

So there will be two winners in this contest.  First place winner will receive their choice of Crank by Ellen Hopkins or Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. 


Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.


Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina — she’s fearless.
Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul — her life.

The reason I added Speak in, is because I think it’s absolutely disgusting that because one man found rape scenes in a YA book sexually arousing, that he has the right to ban other people from reading it.  This bothers me for several reasons:  1) From the article it appears he never read the book and 2) if he did read the book, why on earth did he consider the rape scenes pornography, which in its definition states that pornography is “printed or visual content with the explicit intent to arouse or stimulate erotic feelings.”

That in and of itself is…well, it’s creepy to say the least.  So, I’ve added Speak to the giveaway.  All you have to do is fill in my teeny, tiny entry form below, oh and maybe become a follower, or tweet and blog about it.  No biggie, right.  😀 

The contest starts today and ends October 5, 2010 at midnight.  Winners will be drawn randomly and results will be posted October 5th.

14 Responses to “Banned Book Week Giveaway”

  1. Cass (Words on Paper) says:

    >I wish I weren't first entry, but I probably was. 🙁 First never win. LOL.

    I would be thrilled to win either of them! I've already read Crank, but I would love to own my own copy. I've read WINTERGIRLS by Laurie, but not SPEAK. But I've heard it's heaps better than Wintergirls…

    Thanks for the contest!


  2. ♥s.shapeshift_ says:

    >I haven't read either of them, but i would love too!

    Thank you for making this contest international!

  3. Jessie Harrell says:

    >Both books sounds excellent – and I wholeheartedly agree with your comments. Some people should just learn to keep their opinions to themselves before they show their ignorance to the world.

  4. Ebyss says:

    >Awesome contest.

    You know I'm entering and tweeting.


  5. Lisa Potts says:

    >I haven't read Speak yet, but plan to soon. Thanks for the contest!

  6. Liz Czukas says:

    >Hey! We're both giving away SPEAK this week! Go banned books!

    If you don't win J.A.'s copy, you might win mine–come on over.

    – Liz

  7. Judit says:

    >Thank you for the contest. I would like to read Crank but Speak looks amazing too.

  8. Meghan Schuessler says:

    >Awesome giveaway, thanks! 🙂

  9. Llehn says:

    >I'm glad there's a week long dedication to Banned Books!

  10. Bethany says:

    >What a great idea! Banning books is a horrible practice. These books deserve to be read!

  11. Book Loving Mommy says:

    >I would love to read these books! Great giveaway! No books should be banned!

  12. cleemckenzie says:

    >I already have Speak, so I won't enter. Just a word of thanks for speaking up about this idiocy of book banning.

  13. Arceli says:

    >I already have a copy of Speak, so I'd really like to win the copy of Cranked.


  14. Stephany says:

    >I've actually read both of these books. I was so ticked off when I read that article about Speak. That is by far the most memorable book I've ever read. I actually just checked Crank out of the library (haven't started reading it yet) to read it again because I also saw that on the banned book list and couldn't believe it and wanted to read it again. I'd like to read Speak again as well, so I'd be ecstatic to win either of these!!!