Books To Boycott: A List of Books That Are Problematic

Monday, 21 November 2016
So I don't care. If you want to support these problematic books, stop and reevaluate your values please. Keep your privilege in check, and use it to speak out against those who wish to oppress minorities.

And if your book made this list, please don't start any drama. I won't be supporting your books, and you'll only make things worse.

The Continent by Kiera Drake

Drake can't even apologize for the racism in her book without throwing her sensitivity readers under the bus. For those of you who missed what happened, Drake got called out on her book (in which she calls the civilization of the Topi people who just so happen to look a lot like Native Americans "uncivilized" and "savage") and things got ugly. And the other civilization? Basically Japanese, only misrepresented. 

And then after getting called out, she says she had sensitivity readers look over her work, and really only apologized because her publicist probably told her to. She came off as insincere, and didn't take enough responsibility.

Yes, I am aware Harlequin pushed it back, but I don't care. It should be pulled completely. If she can't even fully own up to her mistakes, why should we give her book a second chance? 

All of Michael Grant's Books

I'm sorry. Take your able-bodied privilege and gross behaviour elsewhere.

I'm done. Never reading another one of his books again. 

Summer on Earth by Peter Thompson

Oh look. Another racist white guy. If you can't see how Thompson is LITERALLY ALIENATING AFRICAN AMERICANS FROM SOCIETY, I can't talk to you anymore. It's disgusting that a publisher cannot see this book as blatantly racist and problematic. I'm sure the MC is white, and basically saying African Americans are foreign and making them the aliens is despicable. African Americans are people too, and deserve to be properly represented. 

And the fact that this is middle grade makes it even worse. Spoon-feeding them racism and hatred is disgusting and Thompson should be ashamed of his book. 

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom

How dare you belittle young adult and the amount of talent required to write it, and expect your young adult book to fly off the shelves?! You're a white male whose book follows some basic formula you think is required to produce a bestseller, and I wouldn't be surprised if The Cruelty lacks proper diverse representation. 

Bergstrom is just another problematic white male author. We have enough of those already (see Michael Grant). Do not support him or his book please. Make it flop so hard, he'll wish he kept his mouth shut.

Also, teens are not dumb, so you don't need to dumb down your books. I have yet to meet a teen who couldn't handle The Hunger Games. Teens don't need your book.


All of Tommy Wallach's Books

Here we have an author that joked about suicide.




Suicide is not a joke, and has taken and affected more lives than he will ever know. It's not something to joke about.

And you certainly do not let you mom defend your suicide joke because 1) Take responsibility for your actions and 2) You're a grown man. Don't drag your mom into this.

And you do not threaten to sue anyone who calls you out on your suicide joke that's NOT FUNNY AT ALL AND POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS.

And all this other crap that includes racism, trying to force atheism onto others (extremism isn't okay and if he were a muslim trying to force his religion onto others, he'd be called a terrorist), and just general problematic stuff.

And in case you want a full explanation of what happened, here's the link to a brilliant article written by V. E. Schwab (who writes excellent books by the way):

These Racist Abrams Kids Picture Books

These are racist and xenophobic and they make me want to throw up. This is what I mean. Stay away from this book.

And then they tried to play the racism off as a problem with censorship. Absolutely. Despicable. 

For the booksellers and librarians reading this list, please do not order these books for your store or library, and promote diverse books like The Girl From Everywhere, Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda, The Hate U Give, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, History Is All You Left Me, The Sun Is Also a Star, The Love Interest, When Dimple Met Rishi, Dear Martin, or just about any diverse book that does a good, proper job of representing minorities. 

And for those who aren't, go request these books!! Let the publishing industry know you like diversity, and want more of it with your money!!! 


  1. This post is so important Liran. Don't forget Tommy Wallach's books, because this author is extremely problematic in the book community. It's sad because I actually liked his debut book but the way he behaves is unacceptable.

    - Aila @ One Way Or An Author

    1. Whoops!! I knew I was forgetting a few. Will add him to the list in a bit!! (I'm currently away from my laptop.)


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