RESPECT by Inti Chavez Perez


Everything a Guy Needs to Know About Sex, Love, and Consent
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Age Range: 13 & up
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An advice book about sexual topics for teenage boys.

Swedish sex educator and government expert Chavez Perez provides honest and friendly advice. Presented in 10 chapters—“You,” “Girls,” “Love,” “Respect,” “Sex—the Basics,” “Straight or Gay?” “Sex with Girls,” “Sex with Guys,” “More Sex,” and “Feeling Good”—this is a thorough guide in a slim package. The subchapter headings provide glimpses into the information provided, e.g., “Is my dick normal?” “Girls masturbate,” and “Ways to make sex safer.” A comprehensive resource, the book goes far beyond the basics, discussing communication and consent, boundaries, and gender roles in an understanding first-person voice. It offers a cogent analysis, woven throughout the book, of gender-based power imbalances. Although barely addressing transgender people, the book does an outstanding job of addressing sexual orientation. Overall, the work normalizes and celebrates sexuality and even provides “how-to” information about kissing, making out, masturbating, giving oral sex, and having vaginal or anal intercourse. The citations and information provided about U.S. law are brief and there is no bibliography, making it better suited for personal reading than report writing. There are no illustrations, however, the intended audience will likely not care. This is a book destined to be passed around.

Reassuring, factual, and straightforward sexual education resource written for adolescent boys but appropriate for all genders and ages. (resources) (Nonfiction. 13-adult)

Pub Date: Aug. 27th, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-14-313425-1
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Penguin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2019