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The Little Black Book for Guys: Guys Talk about Sex

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by St. Stephen's Community House, Michael Martchenko
     
 

Lots of guys talk the big talk, but what’s really going on with sex? That’s what a group of young men sat down to figure out for The Little Black Book for Guys. To get behind the hype, they talked to other teens and collected stories, poems, essays, and art about personal experiences. They also interviewed health professionals to get the facts they need

Overview

Lots of guys talk the big talk, but what’s really going on with sex? That’s what a group of young men sat down to figure out for The Little Black Book for Guys. To get behind the hype, they talked to other teens and collected stories, poems, essays, and art about personal experiences. They also interviewed health professionals to get the facts they need to make healthy choices. The result is a revealing collection of personal thoughts and need-to-know information. Topics include: • Puberty • Wet dreams • Masturbation • Penis size • Dating • Safer sex and birth control • Sexually Transmitted Infections / AIDS. Written, illustrated, and designed by youth, and carefully vetted by doctors, The Little Black Book for Guys is more than a book about sex. It’s a snapshot of being a guy at the beginning of the 21st century.

Editorial Reviews

ForeWord - Julie Faulkner
The Little Black Book for Guys is a light-hearted and down-to-earth guide to a topic of vital importance to most male teens, written in language they can relate to. The potentially dry medical terms are related with concise with.. Best of all, the advice offered never fails to emphasize the importance of communication and respect. Purchasing this book would be a smart decision.
INFOLINK - Audra Osorio
This is an informative title that takes on a delicate subject from the perspective of guys. St. Stephen's also published a book for girls and the boys wanted their turn. The result is a frank discussion about sex and relationships. There is practical information that boys will appreciate as well as a balance of info on safe sex.
INFOLINK - Christie Peterson
A good concept which boys can easily relate to.
INFOLINK - MaryBeth DiPrima
In this collective effort young men from St. Stephen's Community House in Toronto have written responsible one or two page short essays on a wide range of sex-related topics, from wet dreams to masturbation, HIV and condom use. This effective guy-to-guy approach makes words-of-wisdom pieces like "Five ways to ruin a relationship", "First time", "What to do when your friend comes out", or "The day I became a father" especially effective. Original artwork and drawings enhance the presentation. Also find an excellent glossary and an extensive list of helpful, related web links organized by chapter. Middle school and high school boys will find this accessible, reader-friendly book; buy several copies for it will surely walk.
Canadian Teacher
Following in the footsteps of The Little Black Book for Girlz (also available from Annick Press) this book was written by guys for guys about that most unmentionable topic: their own sexuality. This book delivers straight information in today's language in short, browsable pieces written by young men, covering all aspects of sex and relationships including the physical, emotional and practical. There is nothing cute or embarrassed about this book--it's like a trusted friend or mentor is sitting down and explaining everything a guy needs to know in order to make informed decisions about a healthy sex life. The result is an honest, forthright discussion about topics that young people need to know about but for which they may have a difficult time accessing up-to-date and complete information. Both Little Black Books have come out of St. Stephen's Community House, a community-based social service agency in Toronto, and have been vetted by health professionals for accuracy.
Foreword Reviews
A down-to-earth guide to a topic of vital importance... Purchasing this book would indeed be a smart decision.
VOYA - Angela Carstensen
This frank, explicit book was created by a young men's group at St. Stephen's Community House Youth Arcade in Toronto, Canada. There are five chapters covering the penis, relationships, sex, STIs, and birth control. Each topic is covered thoroughly, illustrated with rough sketches, and introduced by an installment of The Garage, a crudely drawn, rather muddled comics serial. Straight facts alternate with personal experiences and poetry written by individual members of the group. It ends with recommended resources (lists of Web sites) and a glossary. The information was vetted by health professionals. The authors address both gay and straight sex and cover all the bases. Bad puns abound, part of an attempt to sound hip and young and to address readers in their own language. Profanity and crude slang for body parts are par for the course. For all that, the focus is clearly on the importance of being informed, the value of communicating with and respecting your partner, and staying healthy. There are two instances where the book's Canadian origins will make a difference for American readers. The first occurs in the pages addressing the legal aspects of having sex with a minor. The list of recommended Web site resources is largely Canadian, although some U.S. sources are included. This title is less successful than The Little Black Book for Girls (Annick Press, 2006/VOYA December 2006), but if it gets through to teenage boys, it has served its purpose. Public libraries, especially those serving urban or open-minded communities, will want this title. Reviewer: Angela Carstensen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550379624
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/26/2008
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 5.76(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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St. Stephen's Community House is a community-based social service agency in Toronto that assists more than 23,000 people each year, and has a similar book for girls, The Little Black Book for Girlz: A Book on Healthy Sexuality.

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The Little Black Book for Guys: Guys Talk about Sex 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Independence_Day More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my friend so that he wouldn't have to listen to me lecture him on safe sex. I read it to make sure it was what I wanted. I wanted a book that was only about sex (not puberty or "your changing body" or whatever) and this book was good enough. Plus, it was short (and if they left out the poetry, it would be even shorter), which was good because my friend doesn't like to read. All the right information was in there: STDs, birth control, etc. It says in the front that all the information has been checked out by 'experts' so it's sure to be correct. On the other hand, the little bits of poetry and short stories were kind of annoying and seemingly pointless, and the language is kind of strong/vulgar in some places.