My daughter is an avid reader and has picked up a variety of teen novels from the library for the summer which I am also reading. I have been horrified by the graphic sexual references in some of these books. First, I do not want my daughter to think that sex while in high school is the norm, and that hiding it from parents is the norm. Also, one description I read about a girl's first time (and she was the "nice," intellectual girl in her group) was simply disgusting.
From what I have read, the authors and librarians feel they are simply reflecting what is happening in today's culture. However, if young girls are reading that everyone is having sex in high school, aren't they going to assume they should be, too?
For now, I told my daughter I would prefer that she not read the most offensive books and she was okay with that. But, I feel sad that there is so much focus on sex and at such a young age.