The book has been pulled off the reading list at the local high school in Hanover, N.H., Picoult’s hometown. Picoult calls the school’s decision “crazy and really sad” and is making no apologies for this latest story. It comes following a year that saw a record number of school shootings across the U.S., seven of them fatal. “I subscribe to the theory that kids are a lot smarter than we give them credit for and that trying to protect them by pretending these issues don’t exist is not doing them any good,” said Picoult, 40, who has a teenaged son attending that school in Hanover.
School officials are concerned that the setting resembles the layout of the high school in Hanover and that students might find that traumatic.