Before I start with my reviews and interviews, I thought I would give you something to read, as a bit of a taster as to what to possibly expect from the reviews and interviews to come.
Tanya Lee Stone, author of YA novel A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, wrote an article several years ago on this very topic, Now and Forever: The Power of Sex in Young Adult Literature, and sent me the link in an email when we were talking about interviews.
Here's a little excerpt:
"...books are possibly the safest place for [teenagers] to learn about sex—not just the physical part but also the complex web of emotions that accompanies it. Through fictional characters, readers can ponder multiple perspectives and gain insight into this new world that they are beginning to encounter. They can consider how they might feel or act in a given situation and can empathize with a character."Pretty interesting, huh? Have a ganders, and then if you feel to voice opinions, feel free to comment :) Let's get a discussion going!
Tomorrow I will post the review of Tanya Lee Stone's A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl, and an interview with her. Tanya will kindly be popping over tomorrow to answer any questions you may have, so if there are any questions regarding the article, make a note of them!