Alexie wrote a brilliant response to our stupid obsession with "protecting" teenagers from inappropriate books last year:
When some cultural critics fret about the “ever-more-appalling” YA books... they aren’t trying to protect the poor from poverty. Or victims from rapists. No, they are simply trying to protect their privileged notions of what literature is and should be. They are trying to protect privileged children. Or the seemingly privileged.
UPDATE: Reached for comment, Alexie says today, via e-mail:
Millions of parents and students love my book and about 107 people think it's evil. So it's sad that a handful of frightened prudes can have so much power. In any event, the kids who need the book will find their way to the book despite the immaturity of certain adults.
A video of Alexie reading from and discussing the novel is below the jump.