First Love: A Young People's Guide to Sexual Information

First Love: A Young People's Guide to Sexual Information

by Ruth K. Westheimer

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Gr 9-12 Tidbits of general information on a broad range of issues and facts about human sexuality. The book is medically correct. There are frequent references to Dr. Ruth Westheimer's radio show and the questions people ask when they call. It is simply written, straightforward and full of ``real life'' stories and exclamations of reassurance. However, the advice is given in a flippant style without factual backup; there are no statistics and no footnotes. There is a meager amount of information about venereal disease and Toxic Shock syndrome; common infections are not mentioned. Other medical information, such as why the sponge is risky and how the Pill works, is simplified into obscurity. First Love is, however, full of comments about being a virgin, techniques of foreplay and intercourse positions, homosexuality, incest, rape and reassurances to help older teens grow up sexually healthy. For many teenagers, though, it will raise more questions and create more confusion than it will answer. There are many far better books: the Comforts' Facts of Love (Crown, 1979); the Madaras' What's Happening to My Body: a Growing-Up Guide for Mothers & Daughters (1983) and ``What's Happening to My Body'' Book for Boys (1984, both Newmarket Pr) by Madaras and Saavedra; Changing Bodies, Changing Lives (Random, 1981) by Bell and Calderone and Johnson's A Family Book About Sexuality (Harper, 1981) among them. Unless you have a great popular call for it, don't bother with this one. Susan A. Hopkins, Mesa Public Library, Ariz.

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