Doing It Right: Making Smart, Safe, and Satisfying Choices about Sex by Bronwen Pardes


Using her background in human sexuality, Pardes offers a detailed guide for teens about sexual orientation, activity, and gender. Beginning with basic anatomy, Pardes explains the biology behind male and female sexual organs and the process of getting pregnant. In addition to science, the author offers advice about birth control, safe sex practices, and dispels myths about sex and getting pregnant. If teens are curious and sexual practices, Doing It Right provides a well-organized breakdown of information which answers many questions young adult readers may have.

This is a great, short guide if you have questions about anything sex related. The author’s philosophy is that, if you’re going to have sex, you need to be doing it safely, thus protecting against unplanned pregnancy and STDs. Though sex education is often a taboo topic, Pardes approaches the discussion with no bias and no judgement. If you’re looking for a book that will answer your questions directly and without being “preachy”, this is it. My only criticism is that I feel it could be longer and answer more questions!

*Rating: 4/5

*YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2009
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