Losing It — Review

September 2, 2013

Losing It is a collection of original short stories written by a number of popular YA authors all revolving around one subject: virginity. The authors all approach the subject from a number of different angles. They explore cultural and societal differences, the pressures placed on boys vs. girls, and the concept of virginity within same-sex relationships. The collection also displays a range of relationships, some healthier than others.

While bawdy at times, Losing It isn’t graphic. The authors bring us into each character’s story and the history and emotion behind it, without going into details about the act. Teens looking for a steamy read to hide beneath their mattresses will be disappointed in that respect.

Some stories in the collection shone, while others fell somewhat flat, but while a number of these stories don’t stand out on their own, I think it works as a collection. If it can in some way facilitate a sex-positive dialogue amongst teens, parents, educators, and librarians, that can only be a good thing.

Losing It, edited by Keith Gray, comes out in October from Carolrhoda Lab (an imprint of Carolrhoda Books). I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advanced copy and I would certainly recommend it.

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