I couldn't help but feel grateful for the one little gem that arrived in my mailbox this week:
Nothing Like You by Lauren Stasnick
A seventeen-year-old grieving the loss of her Mom lets a one night stand become an ongoing thing.
I loved this book. I'm grateful for this book. Lately, I've been disheartened to read some beautifully written YA novels that treat loss of virginity with the same emotional resonance as wart removal. Better just get rid of it!
I don't want those kinds of sexual relationships for my daughters. The stakes are simply too high--pregnancy, diseases (rates are skyrocketing according my pediatrician friends), and the emotional consequences (my mom's a psychologist with a client list full of teenage girls). I want my daughters to find old fashioned true love.
So I can talk--blah, blah, blah--forever about making good choices. But Lauren does it without preaching. Readers will love Holly and feel all that pain along with her. I can't wait to hand this one to my daughter--who would have looked way too good in that slutty Leprechaun costume, by the way (after much searching, she found something that will cover her upper thighs). My mom is already planning to lend copies to her teenage clients (many of whom have gotten themselves into Holly's situation).
Hope you check it out too!
Much thanks to The Story Siren and Alea The Pop Culture Junkie for the this weekly feature.