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Gr 8 Up—Courtney Condon, a junior at "Dull-Val" High School and founder of a club to promote abstinence, awakes to a disturbing phone call from her friend Andy McElroy. The current president of the club, and a thorn in Courtney's side, and two other members completely disrupted the weekend dance by taking pictures of "lewd" behavior of those dancing and making out and slapping panty liners on people's clothes with messages such as "Respect Yourself" and "Say No to Sex." And thus the war between the "Prudes" and the "Lewds" begins. Courtney's life becomes more complicated when the editor of the school paper assigns her to write a column about the issue with the hottest guy in school. The expected ensues—Courtney develops a major crush on him—which causes her to question her stance on abstinence. Add to this a sexually repressed mother with issues from being abused as a child and who has alienated the entire family, a dad who lives in the basement, and a brother who has been basically disowned for moving in with his girlfriend, and you have the setup for this convoluted tale. While the book itself is howlishly funny at times and surprisingly undidactic, its impact is ruined by the insertion of Courtney's version of a diary, her conversations with "the Big V," especially when her virginity replies. Most teens are going to read her first conversation with the Big V and put the book down.—Janet Hilbun, University of North Texas, Denton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934813102
  • Publisher: Westside Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 200
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted October 8, 2009

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    Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club.com

    Courtney Condon is a junior who is suddenly facing a lot of issues. The school club she started a year ago for students committed to staying virgins until marriage is being taken over by a new girl who wants to ramp us their profile and be more confrontational. Her mother won't talk about sex, and she acts as though it's the cause of all evil. To make things worse, she finds her own resolve weakening as she becomes attracted to the cutest boy in school, who has a reputation as a "player."

    As she navigates the minefields all around her she turns to the "Big V," her virginity, for advice, and she's surprised to find it sometimes answers back. Courtney's observations about the world around her are often laugh-out-loud funny. Reminiscent of Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging (Louise Rennison), Dear Big V by Ellen W. Leroe is for an older crowd who will appreciate the frank treatment of conflict between hormones and values.

    The issues are definitely in your face, but the book provides a great forum for moms to talk with their high school daughters about important issues: premarital sex, appropriate behavior at school dances, sexual abuse, normal sexual feelings, dating, "good girls/bad girls," seeing issues in black and white, and family rules. Fiction is a great way to address topics that have the potential to embarrass moms and daughters and inhibit frank discussions. Group conversation about these topics is also a great way to take the pulse of your daughter's peers and other moms.

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