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Hooking Up: A Girl's All-Out Guide to Sex And Sexuality Paperback – September 5, 2006
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-actress and author of Free Stallion Amber Tamblyn
"…offers candid answers to questions young girls feel uncomfortable asking parents or teachers …at age 22, Madison is still young enough to remember what it was like as a young girl, but experienced enough to offer advice for real-life sexual situations. Sex-positive, empowering and very funny, Madison writes in chatty prose, without eschewing fact or medical accuracy… Sensitive issues are approached with humor and realism…This is the book you wish you'd had as a teenage girl."
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Amber writes in a conversational tone and with a sense of humor that makes the book an easy read and, perhaps more importantly, easy to comprehend. The book covers just about everything young women need to know in a short, concise format that is not intended to be a treatise on the subject, but rather an introduction to what they need to know to understand how their sexuality impacts them and their bodies at this age. It is also a good read for guys who want some insight into what women face as they learn to manage their own sexuality.
This book accomplishes its purpose so well that I have placed it at the top of my "Must Read" list for teenagers and young women. I wish I had had this book or a book like it when I was in high school, and I'd definitely recommend that any parent give it to their daughter.
Diane C. Donovan
Amber also tackles tough issues like body image, sexual orientation, rape, relationships and abuse among other topics. I think this is a great book for young women who want to learn more intimacy. The layout and illustrations make for easy reading. The book also has a conversational tone to it.
Amber Madison is a graduate of Tufts University. She studied human sexuality in her degree program and she wrote a column in the Tufts Daily about sex, safe sex, and relationships.
That said, I do wish Madison had spent somewhat more time on abstinence, so I knocked off a star for that.
I was also disheartened that the book is coached entirely in "girls with guys" terms and seems written exclusively for heterosexuals. There *is* a "Chapter 14. Sexual Orientation: Gay? Straight? Questioning", in which the words Gay and Straight are crossed out. This chapter feels like an afterthought and one that really is restricted to the questioning element - "Gee, how do I know if I'm gay or not?" Only one page is dedicated to being gay as an actuality, with the header "I'm Pretty Sure I'm A Lesbian - So Now What?," followed by facile bulleted paragraphs -
- You are not alone.
- You are still normal.
- You are still at risk. (ie. of contracting STDs, or of becoming pregnant if you still choose to have sex with men)
- It will be OK.
That's...nice?...but here's an experiment: try "I'm pretty sure that I'm Straight - So Now What?" and see if one page is sufficient.
No, the author wrote a book to cover *that* eventuality. And here's the thing: much of the information in this book is something to which women across the spectrum can relate. Had Madison simply used more inclusive language throughout the book she would have done beautifully.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a library book but it was still very nice. It didn't have any writing in it or stains or tears. It didn't have water damage (although I did spill on it the day I got it). Read morePublished on February 23, 2014 by michaela simon
The book was so good especially for teen girls and preteen. Amber is so funny with the subject. It is greatPublished on July 5, 2013 by acathey
I've bought a copy for each of my daughters. It's a jungle out there and I want them prepared. Great book.Published on June 25, 2011 by E. Coburn
Came right on time, and was able to aid in my classes. Thank you for thePublished on February 7, 2010 by James A. Salamon
Wish I had this book for myself when I was a teenager and beyond. Glad I have it now for my daughter, and have found in reading it that there's something for me in it as well. Read morePublished on April 11, 2009 by Dana
Never got the "sex talk" with your mom? And now you have a daughter? This is the perfect book for you and your daughter. Read morePublished on February 27, 2009 by P. M. Youn
This book was both informative and entertaining, and it is a must read for anyone who is considering having (or perhaps even started having) sex. Read morePublished on October 11, 2008 by Summercen
This book was extreamly informative and funny. This book was a quick reader and unlike every other sex book is short but has a ton of information. Read morePublished on March 28, 2007 by P. Fischer
Amber Madison demonstrates the importance of connecting with her audience. The book is written for teens, by a young woman who has experienced this chapter in her own life. Read morePublished on March 20, 2007 by J scholar