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What Your Mama Never Told You: True Stories About Sex and Love Paperback – January 29, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 9 and up
  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (January 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618646361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618646364
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,737,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up—This is a wonderful collection of 16 sensitive essays penned by young black women writers chronicling their personal encounters with love and with sexual awakening. Each true story depicts a special aspect of a young woman's growing awareness of her body, her sexuality, her capacity to love, and male/female relationships. All of the selections are tenderly told and meant to convey life lessons from the black, female perspective. In addition to the essays, the book includes a thumbnail sketch of each contributor and a listing of resources on sexuality, reproduction, and sexually transmitted diseases. These selections offer refreshing insights into adolescence and what it means to be a sexual being. And, although sex and sexuality are the focus of each story, there are no explicit descriptions. For those libraries seeking to enhance their health and human-development collections, this book should prove to be a valuable addition.—Carol Jones Collins, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ
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From Booklist

In this wild, frank, deeply personal collection, young black women share their stories of first sexual discovery and love. Some authors write of the powerful humiliation they inherited from their female relatives or that grew from experiences of molestation and abuse: "The shame clung to me coloring every choice I made." Many other authors discuss how the masturbation they discovered as teenagers lead them to make better choices later on, with others: "Knowing that in my own hands I have the power to control and manipulate my own body makes me expect more from a boy." One author struggles with differing notions of "mainstream beauty" and "the black worldview"; other authors talk about growing up with sexual feelings for women. In one refreshingly positive story, a woman warmly recounts when, as a teen, she first received oral sex from a tender boy. Highly explicit, generous, and filled with hopeful wishes, these stories will rivet young women of all colors and backgrounds who are exploring their sexuality and searching for themselves. Gillian Engberg
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on March 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
WHAT YOUR MAMA NEVER TOLD YOU: TRUE STORIES ABOUT SEX AND LOVE is an intimately personal collection of sixteen short stories all written by African-American writers. In this funny and graphic compilation, the writers discuss such taboo issues as first love, sexual experiences, and molestation and sexual abuse.

This very humours and honest book provides information that, yes, your mother probably never told you. The soul-baring stories, while entertaining, help the readers to embrace their sexuality and their body. They are also extremely enjoyable to read, with names like "Stacked: Confessions of a Girl with a Great Rack," and "How NOT to Define Sexuality: An Ex-Good Girl Gets Open," among others.

While focused mostly on young African-American girls, this anthology appeals to women of all ages and races. It helps them all appreciate their true beauty and love themselves for who they truly are. After reading this book, girls will embrace their past and present experiences, and learn how to make the most out of their future. It is a book that should be passed from girl to girl and daughter to mother for it offers hope and understanding between females of all backgrounds and with different life experiences.

Reviewed by: Amanda Dissinger
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