Those forbidden, mind boggling, ear-splitting banned words of the youth. Are you cringing just thinking about it? I bet some of you are, am I right? Yeah, I thought so.
Opinions vary widely on this topic. Some say yes. Some say no. For me, it depends on the why and how. I can't stand when a writer chucks in a cuss word for the hell of it, especially in every single sentence. I mean, come on, lay off the I-can't-think-of-anything-else-better word, and come up with something worth our time! That's when it becomes too much for me too handle. *HINT HINT* (Catcher In the Rye. Seriously. You can not tell me that it didn't bug you. Or am I just crazy?)
Well anyways for me, when it comes to a character, you must stay true to that character, no matter what. I will use the story that I'm writing for example. My main character, Rusty, is an angst driven, rebellious teen. She's easily aggravated and cusses when she is. Now do I cuss in every single chapter? Of course not. I believe that takes away the meaning of the novel itself. I only do so when my heart tells me so. If I didn't cuss at all, my character wouldn't portray well as the hormonal teenager who can't cope with reality.
Now let's take another story of mine into perspective. The main character, Joelle, is the complete opposite of Rusty. Joelle is a quiet, respectful teenager who never cusses at all. It just wouldn't fit her personality, and it just wouldn't make the story ring true.
I don't want to give away much detail to my novels, but I hope that makes sense. So what are your opinions on cussing in young adult novels?