Release Date: 6th April 2017
Publisher: Wren & Rook
Figuring out how to build and maintain healthy relationships – with your family, friends, romantically and with yourself – is a crucial part of being a teen. It’s not easy though, particularly in a digital age where information and advice are so forthcoming it can be hard to know who or what to believe or trust. Porn is everywhere, sexting is the norm and messages about body image are highly mixed. Hannah combats this by tackling subjects ranging from masturbation and puberty to slut shaming and consent in an accessible, relatable and extremely honest way. She is unembarrassed about bringing little-discussed topics into the open, and as such empowers teens to have the confidence to conduct relationships on their terms, and in a way that they feel comfortable with.
Here was my initial review on Goodreads:
First of all, I definitely think this is a very good educational book that should be given out to teens in high schools across the country. As a 22-year-old, I can honestly tell you that my sex ed was terrible in school as I didn’t know a thing about the ins and outs of contraception until I visited a clinic myself! I think that we leave this stuff way too late as I remember having sex ed in year 6 but at that point, I thought oh that’s for adults and I didn’t relate to the ancient VIDEO we were shown. After that, my next sex ed session was in year 10, yes that is 4 academic years later, where the teacher told us about periods and stereotypically told the boys that they ‘needed to look after us during our time of the month.’ No word of a lie, she said “So boys, if your girlfriend has really bad pains one month and wants a bar of chocolate in the middle of the night, make sure you’re there for her and you traipse to the shops for her”. Like wtf? I have never asked my fiance to ‘traipse to the shops for chocolate in the middle of the night’ and we have been together for 6 years. Yuk, sexist stereotypes. On a different note, year 10 is way too late to be talking to girls about periods because probably 98% of those girls have already started their periods at that point.
ANYWAY, I think that this resource is vital for teens in regards to protecting themselves from those nasty STI’s out there and becoming pregnant when they’re ready and not as a mistake. This resource is much better than watching a shitty video or listening to an older teacher talk about the biological bits of sex…
The writing is informal and relatable too, telling us all the dirty details and ins and outs of what sex is actually like. A majorly important topic covered in this book is consent. This is why this book is needed for teens because unfortunately, people see this grey area of consent where if they’re drunk it’s fine. NO. Stop, if someone is I-cannot-stand-up-drunk they cannot consent. So many
teens, scratch that, people are hurt, abused or taken advantage of in these situations so we need this kind of education out there.
As you can tell, I highly recommend this book for education and to get rid of the stigma in the world. Go, read it and pass it on too, to everyone you know.
Informative in a fun and informal way.