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The closest I have to a relevant (in this regard) defense is Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Hardy; the rape scene there is alluded to when it happens, but you're sure by the end and it really is a point the work hinges on, moreso than the sexual content of Kite Runner in a way. In any case, thoughts?
The school librarian might be a good person to take the temperature of the community.
I just read last week where a teacher was suspended for a year and a half for insisting on teaching a controversial book. And the book was written by another teacher about teaching in inner city schools. First teacher's students included some who appeared to be similar to the students who contributed to the book. Use of rough language was certainly an issue but most likely also "bad" behavior - violence, sexuality, and generall adolescent angst.
The school board said it was not the book per se but the fact that this teacher was insubordinate.
A mine field.
WARNING:: SOME SPOILERS re. Kite Runner in this thread below this point. (Spoilers not regarding conclusion or plot line, but some subjects/acts within the book are discussed specifically, not with names)
It was a while ago that I read it and I remember feeling favorable disposed towards the book. Hard to say "liked" or "felt good" about it.