Thursday, December 26, 2013

Losing It - Book Review

Losing It is a collection of original short stories all about losing one's virginity by some of today's popular YA authors.

The stories in this book are very diverse. Instead of soft-core porn stories about horny teenagers getting it on, these stories are humorous, moving, and real. The stories are told from the points of view of guys, girls, gay characters, and even an Indian character who talks about honor killings. The stories aren't just about sex. They are also about being a virgin. I was glad to read that some of the stories actually dealt with sex as a thing that should be given serious consideration before action. And spoiler alert, not everybody ends up having sex.

Most of the stories are written by British writers and, therefore, the stories take place in England and use English slang. I'm not sure that American teens would understand the slang and the references. I certainly don't know any teenager, or adult for that matter, who has read a Mills and Boon novel. I've only read one because I had to as part of a Romantic & Gothic Literature class I took when I studied abroad. (GREAT class, by the way. Also, Mills and Boon is like Australia's version of Harlequin.)

The book is geared to kids ages 14-18 (grades 9-12), and I'd say that's pretty accurate.

Losing It is published by Carolrhoda Lab and is available to purchase now. I received a free review copy for my honest review.

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