Published by Orca Book Publishers on March 7th 2017
Sixteen-year-old Sydney hates to talk (or even think) about sex. She's also fighting a secret battle against depression, and she's sure she'll never have a boyfriend. When her classmate Paul starts texting and sending her nature photos, she is caught off guard by his interest. Always uncomfortable with any talk about sex, Sydney is shocked when her extroverted sister, Abby, announces that she is going to put on The Vagina Monologues at school. Despite her discomfort, Sydney starts to reexamine her relationship with her body, and with Paul. But her depression worsens, and with the help of her friends, her family, a therapist and some medication, she grapples with what she calls the most dangerous thing about sex: female desire.
First I would like to issue a public apology to the author of this title Leanne Lieberman. I was to review this as part of a review tour and unfortunately, due to midterms, I was not able to finish the book by the deadline. In the future, I plan to not to sign up to do reviews that fall the week of any major test. I am glad I took the time to finish the novel before posting my thoughts because this book was worth it!
This title for me was a very welcome change from the traditional YA romance. I consider myself middle of the road in terms of romance that tackles things of a sexual nature. Leanne covered the subject in a very tasteful way in my opinion. I won’t give too much away, but I loved seeing her feelings for Paul develop. It made me think back to my first love and the nervous excitement of each new day.
I also enjoyed how she tackled the subject of depression. I myself am a sufferer and I thought her use of the ‘fog’ in order to describe when the sadness is looming to be a very effective description. Over time you see Sydney grow and tackle difficult challenges in her journey to discover the kind of woman she will grow up to be. I look forward to reading future books by you Leanne! *Adds Leanne to her Goodreads watch list*