From Publishers Weekly
The sexual mores of teenage girls is the subject of this disturbing investigation by feminist writer Thompson (Powers of Desire). With patience and creativity, she became the recipient of 400 teenage girls' stories. We hear in this "girl talk" the need of these voluble girls for romance, sometimes called love, translated into sex as a rite of passage. Their sexual histories between the ages of 13 and 17 coincided with the sexual revolution and, as Thompson's reportage supports, "This tectonic shift in the rules of teenage romance generated an enormous amount of talk about... the complexities of being a sexually active adolescent." Thompson dispels some myths about population explosion as a result of their activity and challenges political stances on abortion, contraception and homosexuality. This reporting allows the girls to tell their side of the story, of their adolescence, "when they know of almost no reason not to have sex." It sheds light on discrepancies between what teenage girls know and what they do.
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"A brave approach to one of the most emotionally and politically charged issues of our times."—Peggy Orenstein, The New York Times Book Review
"Thompson, in her fascinating book lets these girls tell their own stories of romance, sex and pregnancy in their own terms . . . She reproduces them generously, along with her own judicious and politically pungent commentary . . . The sum of these stories demonstrates a huge and widening range in ways of viewing the female self."—Ellen Ross, The Nation
"[Thompson] challenges the simplistic stereotypes and savage preconceptions that have kept us dangerously ignorant."—Alix Kates Schulman
"A fascinating probe into girls' intimate lives. So much so that the reader often feels like a voyeur, overhearing a conversation that is not meant for the public."—Catherine Texier, Newsday
"Teenage girl lust is all about stories passionately told: part of the thrill lies in the breathless confession, the tiny detail, the confirmation that repetition accords. Thompson listens patiently, then . . . nails everything . . . These girls are her text, and Thompson is a very close reader."—Katherine Dieckmann, The Village Voice
"What makes this book so absorbing and so important is that it captures the experiences of young women at a critical moment in American history."—Joan Jacobs Brumberg, author of The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls and Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa