Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Sex Education Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1995
From Publishers Weekly
A teenage romance takes a tragic turn after the two try to help an expectant mother trapped in a violent marriage. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The main project of the semester is "to care about another person." David and Livvie choose to work together, befriending the pregnant young wife of Livvie's new neighbor, a frail and timid woman who seems to desperately need someone to care about her. Her often absent husband is gruff and frightening, and his over-protective attitude toward his wife seems to hint at a deeper problem. Despite his threatening looks, Livvie and David continue their mission to care for the woman, never realizing what they are getting involoved in until it is too late.
The best part about this book is Davis' writing. We experience everything through Livvie's niave and innocent eyes, especially the growing affection between her and David and the joys of first love. We also become increasingly aware of the problems in the marriage of the new neighbors. In her retelling, Livvie never seems to get ahead of herself or assume the worst, so when we discover the real problem between the neighbore, and the reason for Livvie's being in an insane asylum, the reader feels the same shock, grief, and helplessness Livvie feels.
The deep empathy with Livvie shows strong characterization, and the plot is much more complex than one would guess from the title. This is a book that made me smile with fond memories of my own first love, and cry for hours over the unfairness of it all. Sex Education is a must have for any young adult library. It is by far the best of Davis' work, and I look forward to seeing more of the same.
Elizabeth Gallaway, Childrens Librarian