I am on an amazing reading streak at the minute, all the books I have been reading are just brilliant and today’s book is no different.
Seventeen-year-old Lacey Burke is the last person on the planet who should be doling out sex advice. For starters, she’s never even kissed anyone, and she hates breaking the rules. Up until now, she’s been a straight-A music geek that no one even notices. All she cares about is jamming out with her best friends, Theo and Evita.
But then everything changes.
When Lacey sees first-hand how much damage the abstinence-only sex-ed curriculum of her school can do, she decides to take a stand and starts doling out wisdom and contraception to anyone who seeks her out in the girls’ restroom. But things with Theo become complicated quickly, and Lacey is soon not just keeping everyone else’s secrets, but hers as well.
I don’t actually know where to begin with this review but goodness I loved this book!
I think I’m about to say what a lot of people will say but I wish there was a book like this when I was a teenager, I mean my school promoted safe sex but there was still an element of stigma attached to any lesson because you could just tell that none of the teachers felt comfortable in those classes. This book is so positive about all elements that it definitely would have helped my confidence at that time.
The message in the book is so clear and so simple, I love that it isn’t just sex but also life choices, consent, feminism, inclusion with all the negativity that is present within these topics it is wonderful to read something so positive. I would love to be able to just push this book upon all those negative people and show them that it really is that straightforward to incorporate all these things into your life.
Whilst the message is important, it’s the characters that really make this book stand out for me. Lacey, Evita and Theo are amazing characters the three personalities meshed so well together, and I loved their ever-evolving relationships with each other and the issues that this caused because it was so natural. I felt myself in Lacey’s shoes as she starts to realise how her feelings are changing and is unsure what to do about it.
I also loved the relationships that Lacey and Evita had with their mothers it was nice to see that they would be supportive of the causes that their daughters were passionate about and that in many ways Lacey’s mindset was introduced by her mother, because often parents in books like this are seen to not understand or be a negative influence.
I have such a soft spot for Theo, I can’t even tell you, I wish there were more Theo’s in real life, he is informed and sensitive and just so swoon-worthy. I do wish maybe we had gotten just a little more background on him as I felt like there was a lot more there but maybe that’s just because he was clearly my favourite.
I feel like I could gush about this book all day long, I cannot put into words how buoyed up I was after reading this book, this one is a must read.
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Olivia Hinebaugh loves all stripes of literature for children. When she isn’t writing fiction, she can be found writing freelance, making art, discovering new songs on spotify, texting her writing buddies, or folding laundry. She lives near Washington, D.C. with her spouse, three kids, a dog that looks like a coyote, and a one-eyed cat. The Birds, The Bees, And You And Me is her debut novel.