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Ready or Not?: A Girl's Guide to Making Her Own Decisions about Dating, Love, and Sex
     

Ready or Not?: A Girl's Guide to Making Her Own Decisions about Dating, Love, and Sex

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by Tina Radziszewicz
 

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Sex.

So many questions-so hard to actually ask them! Finding the right moment, not to mention the right person to ask, can be a nightmare.

Well, look no further!

This essential guide tells you everything you need to know about your body, his body, what boys say (and what they really mean), virginity, dating, contraception, STDs, pregnancy

Overview

Sex.

So many questions-so hard to actually ask them! Finding the right moment, not to mention the right person to ask, can be a nightmare.

Well, look no further!

This essential guide tells you everything you need to know about your body, his body, what boys say (and what they really mean), virginity, dating, contraception, STDs, pregnancy-and more.

Taking a relationship further is a huge step and it's essential to know all the facts before making any decisions. Packed with friendly advice, quizzes, and practical information, this book is your ultimate guide to making the best choice for you!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Melyssa Malinowski
Ready or not? deals with a large variety of issues related to girls and what they go through as they grow up. From physical, to emotional, to social and interpersonal issues, this book really has it all. The text is written in such a way that it entertains while it informs. Teenagers can easily identify with voice of the author. The diagrams are sensitive and helpful, without being clinical and cold. The rest of the illustrations are fun and compliment the message that the text sends to the reader. The book itself is a great tool and resource for teenage girls in general, but especially for those who may not be able to talk to their parents about these topics. It can also be a resource for a parent who wants to talk to his or her daughter and wants to have his or her facts straight. It provides honest answers to tough questions, so girls can make informed, safe, and intelligent decisions in life.
VOYA - KaaVonia Hinton-Johnson
What's cybersex? Does everyone masturbate? Are all boys sex crazed? Where can you get condoms? What if I do sex wrong? This book provides resources, contact information, and answers to thousands of questions about puberty, sex, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, homosexuality, and more. The book is divided into three parts: "Your Body and You," "Emotions and You," and "Sex and You." Each part also has information about boys. For example, boy's puberty process, genitals, and body image concerns are described. Each of the seventeen chapters begins with a brief introduction followed by a list of bulleted topics covered, allowing readers quick-and-easy access to information they want and need to read. The longest section of the book, "Sex and You," covers everything from self-analysis of sexual readiness, methods of contraception, and sex myths to rape, harassment, and sexual assault. Short, humorous quizzes such as "Test Your Sexpertise," "Boy Gauge-What's He After?", and "Body Language" take the sting out of reading about a topic that makes most people uncomfortable. Black-and-white drawings reminiscent of comic strips, often accompanied by speech bubbles and funny quips, also make the subject matter appear light-hearted. Yet the author's knowledgeable and sincere answers make the seriousness of the topic abundantly clear. The author, although she has also served as Bliss magazine's advice columnist for teens, has degrees in psychotherapy and counseling. Her expertise is evident in this title. If funding is plentiful at public and school libraries, this entry would be a good companion to similar books in this genre.
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up
This book uses a chatty tone, question-and-answer sections, short quizzes (e.g., "Test Your Sexpertise"), and cartoon sketches to address serious discussion topics. There are three sections: "Your Body and You" (puberty, the reproductive system, body image), "Emotions and You" (dating, sexuality, attitudes about sex), and "Sex and You" (gauging readiness, contraception, STDs, sexual abuse, pregnancy). Questions that Radziszewicz, an advice columnist, has received from young people appear throughout, and her answers show her natural rapport with teens and stay true to her motto ("Whatever stage you're at…you can never know too much"). While the subject of contraception receives a lot of attention, other topics, such as drinking and drugs, have been given short shrift. In the chapter, "Sex-When You Don't Want It," the author writes, "Know your limits, alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks, and if you start to feel drunk, stop drinking and ask a close friend to get you home or call your parents." Several pages later, she states, "Of course, you shouldn't be drinking if you're under 21," which gives a mixed message. Still, this title has several strengths-its frank approach, the way it addresses family and social issues without making judgments, and the emphasis placed on helping girls to make their own decisions. Hopefully the unsophisticated graphics won't lose their attention.
—Kelly CzarneckiCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802721402
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
07/15/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
541,031
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Tina Radziszewicz has worked as a freelance writer and editor for more than twenty teen, women's, and entertainment magazines since entering journalism in 1988, and she has been an advice columnist for the past twelve years. Her commitment to helping people fulfill their potential led her to train as a psychotherapist and she has been running a private practice since qualifying in 2000. Tina lives in South London with her husband, Mark, her son, Alex a pair of unusually wise cats, and a ghost in her loft (whom the cats refuse to take on). This is her first book.
Tina Radziszewicz has worked as a freelance writer and editor for more than twenty teen, women's, and entertainment magazines since entering journalism in 1988, and she has been an advice columnist for the past twelve years. Her commitment to helping people fulfill their potential led her to train as a psychotherapist and she has been running a private practice since qualifying in 2000. Tina lives in South London with her husband, Mark, her son, Alex a pair of unusually wise cats, and a ghost in her loft (whom the cats refuse to take on). This is her first book.

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Ready or Not? 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If he seems really interested in sex then he probably isnt the right guy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with everyone who thinks that you shouldn't have sex before marriage sex is for older people who want to have kids if you agree put to Jasmine in the headline thanks for reading this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect! I havent read it all yet but so far, almost everything I read, I never knew! Im 14 in one month and I'm so glad I found this book!!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
For adolescent girls, making decisions about sex and sexuality is a challenge. Making smart decisions is even harder, especially when influences come from so many different directions--peers, media, and advertising. READY OR NOT? is a book that can help all girls who are contemplating their sexuality, whether it be the actual physical activity of having sex or simply dealing with changes in their body.

The book is broken down into three main parts, with several chapters and subcategories in each.

Part One: Your Body and You contains chapters on Puberty, Periods, Here's Looking at You, and Body Q & A.

Part Two: Emotions and You includes chapters entitled The Dating Game, Sexuality, Attitudes Toward Sex, and Emotions Q & A.

Part Three: Sex and You has chapters on Are You Ready for Sex?, Contraception, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Women's Health, Boys and Sex, Let's Talk About Sex, Test Your Sexpertise, Having Sex, Sex--When You Don't Want It, and Your Most Embarrassing Sex Questions Answered.

READY OR NOT? is not intended as the end-all of teen sexuality. What it is, though, is a great guide for teen girls to use, in conjunction with their parents, to discuss sexual matters. The book also includes a Resources and Contacts section and an index to use for quick referencing when you want to read about a particular issue. Overall, READY OR NOT? is a very helpful, and well put-together, guide for teen girls dealing with sexuality and its aftereffects and consequences.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Save sex for marrige not beacuse its the right thing to do u can still get std and unplanned pregnency. Save it beacuse u want to give your all to that someone and if u dont give yourself to them thats what causes problems. Trust issues
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What should you do if you really trully are in love with a guy you know ALL of his flaws and you still love him? Because thats whats happening with me. But of course my life isnt perfect like a billion dollar beach model.i think he likes me and is trying to get me jelly or hes freaked out about this weird new kid staring at him. And what if you think that a good portion of classmates like you. WHAT IF IM IN LOVE???????????????? Please have answers to Grace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I TOTALLY agree!!!!!!! Thanks for telling everyone for me (cause i didnt really want to) but thanks for it anyway!!!!!!!!;))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really, people? You need to read a BOOK to know you should weigh your options and not have sex before marriage? What has our society drilled into your minds? That its totally okay to screw with any guy you happpen to find attractive or date? Im frankly just disappointed and sad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meet me at Pug Hill (a book.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey im cheetahgirl. I have strongly advised about no sex before marriage. My friend was 8 or 9 when she had sex. Thats wrong!!!!!!! If ya really wanna see a true no sex before marriage post go to sex and growing up res 1 and read read its important. It will be directly under all the to cheetahgirl posts. Thanks!! ~cheetahgirl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a stupid answer some ppl just dont have a brain c'mon and GET A LIFE and keep ur "comments" to urself
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If u like a guy but ur not sure if he likes u then how can you express the way u feel about him and also find out if he likes u or not??????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly i would say yes but if your parents sy no hen dont or you coul just say like yes but it could be secret just between you 2 just dont have sex okay?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What do you do if the guy you have a crush on, asks you how you would reply if he asked you out? But your not allowed to date till your 16?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Add me plz
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand post this on three other books and look under your pillow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Premarital sex is ok in 87% of sitituations that are NEVER BEFORE END OF HIGH SCHOOL!!!!!! Any times not after high school are NOT OK! lany friends that urge you other wize are not looking out for your best intrests. And shouldnt be your friend. MY OPIONS ON THE FACT P.s. what is FUN about early sex to me its a BIG RISK with little to NO REWARDS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey guys im a 14 yr old girl and i made the mistake of having sex with my guy. I didnt know he was able to ejaculate beforehand so while we did our thing he ended up coming and i found out later i was pregnant i gave birth to my baby boy six months ago and he was adopted by a lovely couple in new york. To all the ladies out there dont have sex unless you are absolutely sure you can care for the result. Francesca out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People need to recomsider their priorities becaise if sometjing happens and the girl ends ip pregnant the huy needs to be commited and the father needs to be therw for the child. Marriage is supposed to be about love and sex is supposed to be too. Learn priorities and grow up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I AGREE whole heartedly~ abby
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You seem kinda young to think about that stuff! And trust me, that can be a compliment. but no i dont have y of thos kinda stories to share. :) ~kk
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can someone lend this to me please
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is inapropriate and gross who would want it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To all u people out there who r immature about sex,it was created by god to be a beautifull thing so that married people could have a family not for ignorant teens and preteens who want to be cool! Girls,u will get in trouble cus the truth will come out eventualy,eather if u get pregnant or if u just cant bear the pressure. Boys,if ur going to go and get a girl pregnant,then it should be your wife. And try to keep your comments about the book! Thanks,lilly.