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I was intrigued by the title and purchased it. I remember as a teen, the questions I had and the lack of answers. Confiding to a girlfriend is great, but you are both limited by the knowledge you both possess. That information is not always correct. You can get pregnant if you "do it" in a swimming pool, standing up, and you can get pregnant if he pulls out.
I have grand children that I care for now. At age appropriate times, I will share this book with them. Knowledge is power. Having sex for the first time is not anything like they portray sex in the movies. I was truthful with my children when they were growing up, and intend to arm my grand children with knowledge and truth as they are growing up. I don't want them to ever be afraid to come to me with questions, concerns or problems.
Having said that, I do not guarantee that I will always be happy with the choices they have made. But I do strongly feel that they deserve my honesty.
However, the real reason I think every parent needs to read this, then pass it to their kids to read is that several of the people in the book had sex for the first time at the age of 12. No, that's not backward. I said 12. Twelve. Do you know anyone who was emotionally ready to have sex at that age? And before you decide that your kids will never do that because they "know better" or they "don't think about sex", think back to when you were in school. I went to a small school and everyone from kindergarten to twelfth grade rode the same bus. (Well, there was more than one bus for the whole school, but the riders spanned all ages.) I heard about stuff before I even had a clue what it meant. Then I picked up my dad's copy of Stephen King's Carrie from an old box of books he had in storage. I was probably 9 or 10. Not really the best age to be reading Carrie, even though most of the abuse scenes were over my head. I didn't have a clue. I also remember being in 3rd or 4th grade and a boy and girl two classes younger than me were in the "hidey-hole" in the playset on the school playground during recess playing "show me yours and I'll show you mine". Part of it is a natural curiosity about sex (and anything else we don't understand) and part of it is the books, movies, music, TV shows all around us.
We can't pretend that our kids will never be curious about sex. They can either talk to us or they can talk to their peers, who likely don't know any more than they do. Or they can find someone else who does know to show them. And that usually doesn't end well.
These are not all, "I wish I hadn't done that" stories, so don't expect to be able to just hand it to your teen (or pre-teen) and say, "See? All these people wish they had waited." That's not the point of the book. This is a book you need to read first, then give your kids. So you can talk to each other. One thing that I found very interesting was that out of 72 responses, only a handful were still in a relationship with the person they first had sex with. Actually, I think it was three, but I could be wrong. All of those were people who had waited until their mid-to-late 20s before they had sex. Just something to consider.
About the book
Title: The Virgin Diaries
Authors: compiled and edited by Kimberley Johnson and Ann Werner
Release date: April 14, 2010
Where I got the book: I received an ebook copy free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Johnson wisely picks some of the best submissions and gives the reader an entertaining and insightful book worth sharing with young people who need to know they will be okay when the moment happens. I highly recommend this book both as a learning tool and a way to connect when discussing issues of sexuality.
The book itself was great, it was different but I like how the stories or rather the recollections of the people interviewed were kept just as they were told. Plus, lets be honest the subject is an interesting one. I think what I liked most about the book was reading about how different peoples first times can be but in the end how universal some of the feelings afterwards are.
This isn't really much of a review but I did enjoy the book. I thought it was interesting and not like anything I've read so far. It's an interesting insight into the first times of people. I mean lets be honest generally we only pay attention to our own so his was unique in that aspect.
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