The Jacksonville, Florida school district is reviewing the inclusion of Carolyn Mackler’s Vegan Virgin Valentine in the school library. Angry parents object to the copious use of “the f-word,” but what they should really be pissed about is the book’s ignorant use of the v-word.
When VVV‘s 17-year-old heroine Mara gets dumped, she looks for something new to obsess over besides her ex. And “veganism made sense. It’s all-consumingly obsessive.” In the end, Mara loses her virginity and her veganism, though she does remain vegetarian (no longer a “starving person”). Mackler is also the author of The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, so take this vegan-as-OCD with a big round grain of salt. But while Mackler clearly misses the point, it’s nice to see a smart veg heroine in a book marketed to teen girls, where vegetarianism is about three times as popular as in the larger population. I mean, fuck.