The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me Kindle Edition
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"The Birds the Bees and You and Me is sweetness and sex ed - a book about the importance of teens standing up for their right and need for real education about sex and consent wrapped in an adorable, and yes, sexy, romantic package." --Lev A.C. Rosen, author of Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)
"Bold, vibrant, and unafraid to go there. The Birds, The Bees, And You And Me is the sex-positive book every teen needs on their radar. A debut that manages to inform without ever preaching and entertain to the very last page." --Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts and Last Girl Lied To
"Hinebaugh puts a fresh spin on the coming-of-age story, authentically portraying the messiness--and beauty--that comes with new awakenings." --Christina June, author of It Started with Goodbye and Everywhere You Want to Be
"I've been waiting for a long time for a YA like this! Olivia Hinebaugh's debut is bold, bright, and refreshingly sex positive, with an authentic voice that wouldn't let me go. This is the book I needed at sixteen." --Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of Our Year Of Maybe and You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone
"An inclusive, sex-positive romance with plenty of moxie." --Booklist
"A dense and ambitious debut novel, covering a myriad of subjects from the ethics of sex ed to a girl's first sexual encounter.... it covers important topics in a thoughtful, respectful and knowledgeable manner." --NPR
"A compelling story about sex, love, and friendship." --Kirkus Reviews Online--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File size : 4959 KB
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 304 pages
- Publisher : Swoon Reads (22 January 2019)
- ASIN : B07BF8RKGR
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Best Sellers Rank: 656,757 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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TW: birth, labor, hospitals, heteronormative insensitivity, discussion of sex
Think sex-ed as a book, but YA, so it's not graphic and has sweet, innocent romance. This book is the perfect feminist and activist story when it comes to proper sex and health education in high school, where there should be more than just teaching about abstinence. Lacey's mother is basically Lorelei Gilmore from Gilmore Girls, where she's fun-loving and accepting of her daughter and their friends, while also being responsible. As a nurse she teaches her daughter all about safety and consent, and Lacey becomes interested in being a doula/midwife, which was a unique addition that really fit the story.
The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me is not only the cutest title, but also follows Lacey with her two friends as they start a campaign in their school to educate students about sexual safety. Meanwhile Lacey also starts to fall for her best friend Theo. Lacey has never even kissed anyone and so we explore her firsts, as well as her educating others about their own, something Lacey feels a little inexperienced about. Lacey's best friend Evita identifies as asexual, and is the president of the GSA at her school, teaching sexual safety outside of the heteronormative curriculum. She's bossy and loud-mouthed, but a wonderful friend. The three of them have a band based on string instruments which I loved! Viola and cello representation!
This is an important and fun-loving addition to other activist books of the YA genre, including The Hate U Give, Moxie, and The Nowhere Girls. I felt empowered while also being educated, and this also normalizes sexually active teens/band geeks. Full of fun mishaps, on page consent, and Mean Girls references, this is a great book to pick up if you wanted more out of your health classes. Lacey is a completely kick-butt character. I've never been prouder of a character I've only known for 200 pages before.
I didn't feel there was a ton of character development, however. The characters learn about their movement and works towards it, but it's somewhat cheesy and there isn't a ton of self-discovery. Lacey has some, but this is definitely not a coming-of-age romance as I've seen it marketed. There's a ton of convenience when it comes to furthering the plot as well, and the story is almost completely about the movement Lacey runs with smatterings of bands and college thrown in (so not a lot of subplot), but it's a fun exploration nonetheless with excellent representation and diversity.
Because after all, virginity is a patriarchal construct.