Yesterday Salon.com had an article titled The Case for Raunchy Teen Lit, written by Tracy Clark-Flory. I have to say it was a pleasure for me to read a piece about YA lit in a non-library venue that I agreed with. I especially liked this statement: “Parents should be relatively ecstatic if their kids are getting their sexual know-how from books and not XTube.” I agree-personally I felt like 90% of my own sex education came from Norma Klein books! It’s an article worth taking a look at it, and as long as we’ve got sex on our minds, check out this post on the YALSA blog.
And in case you feel like reading a good YA book with sex in it, head over to this 2008 PPYA list, Sex is…. for some titles. (And if all this sex talks makes you blush, try this 2006 list instead: Books That Don’t Make You Blush.)
Finally, no write up of sex and ya books by me would be complete without a plug for my old favorite, Up in Seth’s Room. It’s from 1979 and I think it still holds up; do you?
–Sarah Debraski, still reading Coming Home, but now listening to A Bear Called Paddington (fantastic Stephen Fry narration!)
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