I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite perks of blogging is getting books to review. Reading is my favorite past-time and sharing my opinion is a close second. Plus, did I mention? Free books.
When I got the invite to review this book, I didn’t hesitate for a second. You know what I think about giving girls accurate information—even when the results are hilarious and embarrassing.
Since I have access to some girls just the right age to weigh in on this book, I availed myself of the opportunity. I turned these two loose with the book with instructions to report back.
As it turns out, Social Butterfly’s friend Peanut, may have a future as a book reviewer herself. I’m just going to quote her and call it a day!
I liked the book for many reasons. I thought the book was very enjoyable to read and very informative. The author wrote it in a way that any girl in my grade, maybe even younger, would understand.
It was funny and cute the way she would put “eh?” and things like that. She wrote it in a teen kind of way and I thought that was a good idea. I also liked how basically every chapter she'd write a short story about something she went through or how her patients tell her things and ask for help. Just the stories give you help and advice. But then there are also the "did you know" sections, true or false, rules, facts and other little boxes that are spread out around the whole book.
There is a section called, “The Wait-Till-Eighteen Club: Why Membership Has Its Privileges” giving her opinion why teenagers should wait. I thought that if someone who was thinking of having sex, this would help them stop themselves.
The book gives information that some people may be too scared or embarrassed to ask anyone. Then there’s a part, where if someone was planning on having sex, it gives you the many choices on how to be safe. Even if the reader wasn’t ready it still shows the options and informs you about them.
Another good thing is its not all about sex. There’s a story where a patient of hers gets a piercing that she regrets, and she helps her take it out. The book also covers healthy foods to eat, information about drinking, smoking and cancer, and many more topics.
Overall the book is really helpful on helping you know your body. If anyone had any questions going in the book I’m pretty positive all of them would be answered by the time you read the whole thing.
I second all of the above. The girls and I agreed that the author, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, writes in a style that makes you feel like your getting information from your favorite aunt—the one that is your mother’s younger, hipper sister.
I’m going to throw in my seasoned mom advice here—the book is fantastic, but the most important thing is that you be having conversations with your kids about sex. The way to be able to accomplish openness and exchanges of accurate information is to start talking to them when they’re very young and never stop. To those people who can’t imagine talking to a seven-year old about sex, I say, “if you can’t talk sex with your seven-year old, you will never be able to talk sex with your 17-year old.”
My strategy has been to use popular media—music, TV, magazines—to get the conversations rolling. The health units in school are also great for this purpose. The bottom line though is that you have to be comfortable enough to talk about anything. We have actually had dinner table conversations about blow jobs. If you only have little kids this may sound crazy, but if you have teens you know this is something that needs to be discussed.
Social Butterfly, Peanut and I all give this book an enthusiastic thumbs-up. If you’ve got a daughter, niece or friend that’s a teenager, this book would make a great addition to her library.