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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
While there's a lot of talk about sex, most of the emphasis is on not having sex, saving oneself for marriage, knowing when the right time is, and how to deal with repercussions of one's actions.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Because of the subject -- virginity -- sex is talked about often. Students joke that a teacher may be a closet porn freak, a jock talks about how he can go "all night" while making "sexual" movements, a boy shows a girl's bra to friends at school and teens call a girl a variety of names because they think she's promiscious. A girl and her boyfriend have sex for the first time and she describes a "burning sensation" between her thighs. A girl discusses how she's a sex goddess. There are several make-out scenes, including shirtless and braless descriptions.
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Name calling, including "slut," "sexaholic," and "jerk."
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Chanel, Gwyneth Paltrow reference, Hanes Her Way
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens drink alcohol at a party. A girl talks about sipping cocktails with a celebrity.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the characters in this book talk about sex -- a lot. The main characters navigate through high school's sexually charged atmosphere, making and questioning their choices about sexual intercourse. There are some scenes of heavy petting and a girl describes losing her virginity. And despite the book's focus, it's not raunchy.
Is It Any Good?
This is a fun little book following the choices and consequences of sexuality among high school girls. Author Kate Brian steers away from the raunchy while keeping the fun and realistic high school banter in place. Brian does a great job examining four different girls in four different situations as they all grapple with what it means to be "pure." Perhaps most realistic of all is the situation Debbie Patel finds herself in. Her flirty behavior has people believing she's done more than she has and it doesn't bother her until dreamboat Rylie and her teachers assume the worst.
Parents may hesitate at the sexual discussions and situations, however Brian really nails what girls experience. While the book can get trite at times, characters are thoughtful and through self-reflection find the best solutions for themselves, which is what all parents hope for their daughters.
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