The story takes place in Culver Creek Preparatory School, a boarding school where Miles Halter (the main character of the story) began attending and where he met Alaska Young (his love interest.) Throughout the story, Miles goes through trials likes every other teen such as finding friends, finding himself, falling in love, etc. There is also a lot of cursing, drinking, smoking, etc. that also takes place in the story a ton which is a reason that the book has been censored and banned.
Although the book contains drugs, drinking, swear words, etc, I don't think the book should be banned or censored. Yes, those things are bad for teens and it could be viewed as promoting those activities , but it really isn't. The banning of the book is only sheltering teens for the real world. Believe it or not, adults and teens participate in these activities and teens should know about them and it's consequences which is also shown in the story .
Even though parents don't want their children to be influenced badly by the book, in the end it should encourage teens to not participate in those things which schools and parents should encourage their kids not to do. If kids want to do drugs, drink, etc, a book wouldn't be the reason they would do it and banning the book don't stop them.
Death is also a focal point throughout the novel from Miles being obsessed with famous last words, to a character actually dying in the novel caused by other things included in the novel which in that case was drinking. The tragic death as I mentioned before also teaches a lesson about how you shouldn't drink and drive (let alone drink as a teen.)
Teaches Life Lessons!!
Shows Real World Problems
Good for Teens!!
In conclusion, this novel opens up the eyes of teens (and people of any age) about the real world and the real problems that teens face. These problems shoudln't be sheltered by overprotective parents, the novel should be encouraging those parents to convince their children to read it and understand that there are consequences for their actions.