Many teens love to read, but avoid books that are littered with cuss words and smoldering sex scenes. For some readers, foul language is a disruption to the flow of words. They may hear the same words every day in school halls, but hope that literature can find other ways to express the same ideas, thank you very much.And then there's sex. Romance is one thing, but descriptions of casual sex or the particulars of certain sexual acts are offensive to some teen readers. And in some families, parents are careful about monitoring the materials that their children read, even as the children move through their teen years.
For these teen readers, no matter what reasons bring them to their choices, librarians try to compile lists of "clean" reads. This can be tricky, because clean means different things to different people. But let's go with a definition of no sex beyond kissing and no cursing stronger than, "Drat!"
The books shown here have been nominated for YALSA's Popular Paperback list, which focuses on clean reads.