This blog post is a response to an opinion piece in which someone refers to SPEAK as "soft porn." You can also check out Laurie Halse Anderson's blog post, in which she responds to this attack against her book. If you feel moved to, you can also send an email to the editor of News-Leader, in support of Anderson's book.
I understand that not all books are intended for all readers. But can't we be sensible about it? I would go so far as to say that SPEAK is a book every teen age girl should read and talk about with her mother (or another important adult in her life), as I did with my daughter. We can't just sweep these issues under the rug.