Colorado’s Most Infamous Challenged and Banned Books

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Books have long been considered a great way to expand one’s worldview, which is why many Americans throw themselves into novels to learn new things and immerse themselves into a world apart from their daily existence.

Sadly of late, it seems like many such novels have come under fire, either from politicians or other officials, which has led to many titles (especially of the young adult genre) to be banned in some places.

World Book Day is April 23. In celebration, BetColorado took a break from Colorado sports betting and discovered the favorite banned or challenged books of state residents. Using a list of the top 13 most banned and challenged books according to the American Library Association, we used Google Trends to see how often those books were searched in the state. The search period was between March 8 and April 8, 2024.

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Colorado’s Most Popular Banned Books

RankBookAuthorSearch Interest Score
1“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”Stephen Chbosky57
2“Crank”Ellen Hopkins26
3“Looking for Alaska”John Green15
4“A Court of Mist and Fury”Sarah J. Maas10
5“Out of Darkness”Ashley Hope Perez9
6“All Boys Aren’t Blue”George M. Johnson8
7“This Book is Gay”Juno Dawson7
8“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”Jessee Andrews5
9“The Bluest Eye”Toni Morrison2
10“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”Sherman Alexie1

Which Banned Books are Most Popular?

In the Colorado, Stephen Chbosky’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” which redefined the young adult literary genre in 1999 by chronicling the thinking of an adolescent boy named Charlie who navigates his own sexuality, in addition to drug use, sexual assault and topics surrounding mental health, was the most popular banned book with a search interest score of 57.

Chbosky’s 1999 young adult novel was well ahead of No. 2 “Crank,” written by Ellen Hopkins, which had a score of 26. John Green’s “Looking for Alaska” (15 search interest score), “A Court of Mist and Fury” by Sarah J. Maas (10 search interest score) and “Out of Darkness” by Ashley Hope Perez (nine search interest score) rounded out the top five in Colorado.

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Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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