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

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

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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!
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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802721402
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 7/15/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 672,535
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)
  • File size: 5 MB

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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    I didnt read the book but...

    MARRIAGE BEFOR SEX!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    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. <BR/><BR/>The book is broken down into three main parts, with several chapters and subcategories in each. <BR/><BR/>Part One: Your Body and You contains chapters on Puberty, Periods, Here's Looking at You, and Body Q & A. <BR/><BR/>Part Two: Emotions and You includes chapters entitled The Dating Game, Sexuality, Attitudes Toward Sex, and Emotions Q & A. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    I dont have this book and never will

    This book is inapropriate and gross who would want it

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    To anyone

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Austyn

    If he seems really interested in sex then he probably isnt the right guy.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Love it!

    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!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2007

    This book is amazing

    This book is amazing. She explains so much eventhough some stuff she didn't explain very well. I've been bouncing around from chapter to chapter, but I pretty much have the whole book read.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Stop

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Dont

    I dont want to have sex i just want to adopt childern

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    mzbabygirl2000@yahoo.com add me

    My name is MaryJane and i will like to know if anybody has this book and would like to add me because i will like to borrow it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Boo1652@yahoo.com

    If u have this book add me plz so i can borrow it

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    No sex till marriage!

    Its what i believe in.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    To below

    What a stupid answer some ppl just dont have a brain c'mon and GET A LIFE and keep ur "comments" to urself

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2014

    To below

    By having sex with him! Let him stick his dick in you and then youll no.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2014

    CLICK ME AND ANSWER PLEASE!!!

    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??????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2014

    To ????

    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?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    ????

    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?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    NikolasOhana3114@gmail.com

    Add me plz

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Pink ipad

    Kiss your hand post this on three other books and look under your pillow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Truth is in my comment

    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.

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