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Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (2004-05-01)
ISBN-10/ISBN-13: 0805075658 / 9780805075656
Amazon.com Sales Rank: 1734258
“Fun, peppy and unusually frank (but ultimately sweet-natured), British author Burgess's (Smack) novel starts out with an attention-grabbing scene in which the central characters enjoy a hypothetical discussion about having sex with an array of women that includes a bag lady, classmates, teachers and even the Queen. The author then briskly outlines each boy's circumstances: gorgeous charmer Dino is about to plunge into an on-and-off-again romance with top girl Jackie; diffident Jonathon must sort out his feelings about plump (but secretly luscious) Deborah; and Ben gradually realizes he must extricate himself from a relationship with his unstable 20-something teacher. The abundant use of British slang—especially for matters sexual—gives the story an exotic charm and defuses the explicit nature of the material. Fans of Louise Rennison's Angus, Thongs books will appreciate the male perspective offered here, while readers of both sexes whose hormones have just begun to simmer will welcome a book that so accurately mirrors their new world view.”
I mean-I like girls. I get on well with them. And I like sex. Not that I've had all that much experience of it-not with another person being in the room at the same time, anyway. I just can't somehow put the two together. I can be getting on really well with a girl but as soon as I get an inkling that there might be a chance of anything happening, I just freeze up. It's scary.
Everything you never wanted to know about sex and boys-but probably should
Dino, Jonathan, and Ben have got some problems, mostly with Jackie, Deborah, and Alison.
Dino's girlfriend Jackie, the most beautiful girl in school, drives him mad with lust, but won't go all the way and relieve Dino of his desperately unwanted virginity.
Jonathan likes Deborah. She's smart and funny and she makes him feel very sexy, but she's kind of plump and his mates won't let him hear the end of it.
Ben's been seduced by Alison, the pretty young drama teacher at school. And what seems like a dream come true is actually making him miserable.
Award-winning author Melvin Burgess has written a daringly honest and often hilarious account of contemporary teenage life, and the ups and downs that surround "doing it."
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