Florida mom protests 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' on summer reading list

Woman cited 'better' options, including 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Published On: Jul 23 2013 12:28:38 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 23 2013 12:40:12 PM EDT
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
TAMPA, Fla. -

The mother of a Tampa teenager is questioning the school district's inclusion of the book "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" on a summer reading list.

The Tampa Tribune reports Lori Derrico wrote a letter to school officials Monday. She says the book isn't appropriate for freshmen and cited paragraphs that depicted sexual scenes and drug use.

The mom asked who chooses the mandatory summer reading selections for incoming freshmen and questioned whether there were better choices, such as "The Great Gatsby" or "To Kill a Mockingbird."

School district officials say there was another option for parents who didn't want their children to read that book. The school however never listed the alternative book, "A Separate Peace" by John Knowles, on its website.