TITLE: Doing It!
AUTHOR: Hannah Witton
PUBLISHER: Wren & Rook
GENRE: Non-Fiction, Reference, LGBT+
RATING: 4.5/5 Stars
Figuring out how to build and maintain healthy relationships - with your family, friends, romantically and with yourself - is a crucial part of being a teen. It's not easy though, particularly in a digital age where information and advice are so forthcoming it can be hard to know who or what to believe or trust. Porn is everywhere, sexting is the norm and messages about body image are highly mixed. Hannah combats this by tackling subjects ranging from masturbation and puberty to slut shaming and consent in an accessible, relatable and extremely honest way. She is unembarrassed about bringing little-discussed topics into the open, and as such empowers teens to have the confidence to conduct relationships on their terms, and in a way that they feel comfortable with.
What I Liked:
- The fact that I almost punched the air and yelled at the top of my voice "FINALLY A DECENT BOOK ON SEX EDUCATION!" is definitely a big plus. I wish this book had existed when I was a teenager, and honestly, I think it should be in every school. There's a ton of information for young and old, inexperienced and experienced to peruse at their leisure. I actually learnt a lot!
- Hannah has a great voice. It's strong, confident, and eager to share and that's perfect for this kind of book. Also, I loved the anecdotal style, be it hers or other people. I also love that she didn't speak for people, and allowed them to use her book to tell their stories.
What I Disliked:
- There are no real dislikes other than the fact that there's a lot to cover and certainly can't be read in one sitting. Of course it isn't designed that way but the point still stands. This is very much an overview too, encouraging the reader to seek other sources of information and do research. If you're looking for specific information on a topic, you will need something more focussed.
I really liked this book a lot and I'm glad it was chosen as my next read! Sex is a necessary topic to cover: there's a lot of important information and it isn't spoken about nearly enough in day to day life. There are a ton of things that I was insecure about when I was younger, and to a small extent still am today. If I'd read a book like this my perspective might have been a little different!
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