Saturday, March 1, 2008

What the fuck?

I was reading Library Journal at work yesterday and came across a review of Jennifer Weiner's forthcoming novel, Certain Girls. Near the end of the review, it says:

"(Note: F--k is sprinkled judiciously throughout)"

Wow, do adults now need to be warned about adult language in books written for adults?

I've seen this sort of warning in reviews for YA books, but never in a review for an adult novel. I find it hard to believe there is more swearing in this book than other novels, and even if there is - who cares? I certainly hope this isn't the beginning of a trend in LJ reviews.

I shared this with a couple of co-workers who were both equally baffled. It of course led to a library catalog search on the keyword "fuck" which brought up a number of results. One was the graphic novel The Squirrel Mother, also reviewed in LJ but without dirty-word commentary. Another was the book Expletive Deleted, which I think is delightfully ironic.

By the way, the LJ review was a glowing one, and noted the consistently high quality of Weiner's writing. She is one of my very favorite authors, and writes a hilarious blog. You can be sure I'll post my own review of Certain Girls when I read it. I've been on hold since September so I should be one of the first to get it.

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