Hello, Groin

Hello, Groin

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by Beth Goobie
     
 

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When Dylan Kowolski agrees to create a display for her high school library, she has no idea of the trouble it's going to cause -- for the school principal, her family, her boyfriend Cam and his jock friends, and her best friend Jocelyn. And for Dylan herself. If only her English class had been studying a normal, run-of-the-mill, mundane book like Lord of the Flies

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When Dylan Kowolski agrees to create a display for her high school library, she has no idea of the trouble it's going to cause -- for the school principal, her family, her boyfriend Cam and his jock friends, and her best friend Jocelyn. And for Dylan herself. If only her English class had been studying a normal, run-of-the-mill, mundane book like Lord of the Flies instead of Foxfire things wouldn't have gotten so twisted. Then the world wouldn't have gone into such a massive funk. And then Dylan wouldn't have had to face her deepest fear and the way she was letting it run her life. Hello, Groin presents a compelling, realistic and refreshing look at teen sexuality and one girl's struggle to make the difficult choices that face her.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jing Cao
Goobie's Hello, Groin thrusts readers into the tumultuous inner life of a Canadian teenage girl, leaving them to weather the mental, emotional, and sexual storms of her mind, heart, and yes, groin. This story of sixteen-year-old Dylan's struggle with identity and sexuality, friendship and love, is at times brilliant and funny and at times tedious, but so are the thoughts of a teen. The pace and appeal of the story fluctuate, but Goobie's work is indisputably honest throughout.
VOYA - Diane Emge Colson
Sixteen-year-old Dylan has a secret: She is in love with her best girlfriend, Joq. Never mind that Joq is deeply involved in a hot relationship with a lascivious boyfriend. Never mind that Dylan herself is dating one of the sweetest guys in their class. Dylan's most intimate moments with her boyfriend simply cannot compete with the sexual heat she experiences when she is with Joq. Sometimes Dylan suspects that Joq might feel the same way. But she will not take the emotional risk involved in finding out, especially considering the way lesbians are tortured at her school. Readers of Goobie's earlier books, especially The Lottery (Orca, 2002/VOYA February 2003), are familiar with the brutal atmosphere embedded in her fictitious high schools. Unfortunately that effect is achieved in this novel through superficial characterization and lackluster dialogue rather than Goobie's trademark supernatural suspense. The mean girls and lewd boys who populate Dylan's high school represent little more than social predators with an intense interest in Dylan's sex life. A novel on the very real terrors of "coming out" is always welcome news for the silent community of gay teens, but the outcome of Dylan's story is so upbeat that it borders on the surreal. It is not one of Goobie's best books, nor is it one of the best books on the topic. Readers would do better to pick up Maureen Johnson's The Bermudez Triangle (Razorbill/Penguin Putnam, 2004/VOYA October 2004), Julie Anne Peters's Keeping You a Secret (Little, Brown, 2003/VOYA June 2003), or Sara Ryan's Empress of the World (Viking, 2001/VOYA August 2001) for stories about girls in love.
Children's Literature - Melyssa Malinowski
After designing a "controversial" display for her school library, Dylan's world turns upside down. Inspired by a book read in English class, censored in the display, her sexuality comes into question. The problem is that Dylan has had these questions about herself already. What's worse is that she's just not clicking with her amazing boyfriend, Cam, and finds herself fantasizing about her best friend, Jocelyn. To make matters worse, she is being stalked by a girl from another school over a very accidental drunken kiss. In the end, Dylan must decide who she really is and discover how the groin's true meaning contains wisdom and dignity. The subject matter of sexuality and dignity is handled quite well in this book. There are references to the groin and masturbation, but nothing graphic or obscene. Chocked full of angsty feeling and teenage issues, this is definitely a "girl power" sort of novel, about identity and self discovery, recommended for high school exclusively.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Wanting to be "normal," 16-year-old Dylan Kowolski tries to hide her homosexuality and to have sexual feelings for her boyfriend, Cam. All her fears and feelings reach the boiling point when she kisses a girl from another school at a dance. Interspersed throughout the story is a subplot involving the school librarian and the censorship of a book display that Dylan created. When the teen finally tells her family members that she is gay, they show unconditional love and acceptance. When trick-or-treating that year, her sister even wants to dress up as a lesbian. Her best friend from grade school has had a similar awakening and Dylan and Joc now become partners. Even Dylan's ex-boyfriend is understanding and accepting. The story seems a little too fairy-talelike at this point, with all of the loose endings tied up neatly. A small reality check is Sheila, the girl Dylan kissed, whose family is not at all accepting of her sexuality. The raw language and sexually explicit scenes are appropriate for these characters as developed by the author. Teens who are experiencing emotional upheaval themselves and who don't have supportive families will gain from the personal validation that the author provides. As in her previous novels, Goobie stresses the value of all individuals, and their right to their own space in this world.-Sheilah Kosco, Bastrop Public Library, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
NMRLS Youth Services Book Review
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Quill & Quire
"Frank and courageous fiction for young people...Goobie handles [her characters'] sexual feelings and actions with sensitivity but complete candour."
Resource Links
"This is an important novel...Highly recommended."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554696321
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
441,820
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Read an Excerpt

"Anyway, why does that part of your body have to be treated like a wild animal that should be caged and controlled? Why can't it be about decency and honor, and what's true and good? And wise," I added defiantly, crossing my arms over my chest.

Meet the Author

Beth Goobie is an award-winning author of a number of books for teens. Her book, Before Wings, won the CLA YA Book Award, was a Governor General's Award nominee, an ALA Best Book nominee and a Teen Top Ten.

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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
The title will make you laugh, the story will provoke you to think.

Dylan lives the good life: great family, amazing boyfriend, and a best friend she can rely on. That is until she confronts her real identity, when she admits to herself that she prefers girls rather than boys. Beth Goobie, in a stellar effort, portrays the life of a lesbian teenager too afraid of the repercussions upon her life if and when she comes out to her friends and family.

Dylan doesn't want to make her life any more difficult but her best friend, Jocelyn, has become presently absent in her life; she isn't able to give her boyfriend what he wants, no matter how hard she tells herself she can do it; and things only get more complicated when Dylan volunteers to design the new book display for the school library.

HELLO, GROIN, along with a voicing out of the wrongness of such a social taboo as being homosexual, is a fight for freedom from censorship. The display Dylan creates says something important, both to her and to certain others, whether they were contributors of ideas or the understanding kind. But when the school principal decides to censor parts of the display, rumors begin to spread about Dylan, and she begins to let her secret take control of her life, in a negative way.

Goobie does a fantastic job in portraying a character that is very much believable in her thoughts and actions. She speaks out against censorship and how hard it is on a person who, along with the regular angst and struggles of being a teenager, must also now ask herself who she is and whether or not self-sacrifice for the people around her is more important than making herself feel human and allowing herself to be, simply, herself.

HELLO, GROIN is a thought-provoking novel that asks questions that are important to face in this day and age of social faux pas and suggests a few select answers which readers should certainly take upon themselves to consider wholeheartedly. HELLO, GROIN is well told story by a great novelist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was funny and some what great