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VOYATeens are curious about sex-no two ways about it. Their bodies are changing, and they are naturally curious about everything that is happening to them and around them. Unfortunately, much of what they think they know about sexuality often comes from unreliable media sources or from friends who might not be clear on all sexual health topics. Because of their lack of knowledge, many sexual myths arise, but most are debunked here in a clean, appealing layout with a wealth of answers about both the male and female bodies. Written in clear adult language, many questions from older teens on sexuality go above and beyond the standard, "What's happening to my body?" curiosities. Throughout, readers are encouraged to seek further information via reputable organizations, with phone numbers and Web sites listed for organizations such as Planned Parenthood and Youth Embassy. Even with the accurate information that is needed by so many teens, though, there are flaws in this book: Many supposedly humorous comic illustrations are either not funny or better suited to a younger audience. The short chapter on homosexuality does not discuss transgendered people. Rather than educate teen girls on how to be safe at high school or fraternity parties, the author suggests that girls not attend at all. Nonetheless, teens will appreciate the honest approach to some of their most uncomfortable yet important health questions, and they will value the information. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Fairview Press, 312p.; Index. Illus. Biblio., Trade pb. Ages 12 to18.
—Carlisle K. Webber