Losing It - YA Review by Hannah W

Reader:  Hannah W
Age: 16
Title: Losing It
Edited By: Keith Gray
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab
Pub Date: 09/01/13
Galley: Yes
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: Since each chapter was its own short story there was not a lot of character development, but the characters still seemed realistic. Similarly there was not one uniform plot, however the overall message of the book was: everyone has a story to tell about virginity and the consequences of losing one's virginity.
Memorable or Forgettable: The short stories were all unique: different countries, different perspectives, different sexual orientations. Yet the stories fit together because they focus on a very complex and difficult topic that is a part of everyone's life.
Cover: The cover is intriguing. It looks white at first glance, but then the reader realizes the cover is actually a white bed, which reflects the subject of the book. The cover is simple and plain. It contrasts the complexity of the book, but also shows that sometimes things are not what they appear to be.
Age Range: 14 through 18 and up
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: Nine great YA authors come together to form a book of short stories. All of these stories show a different perspective of "losing it."  What does it mean to be a virgin and what does it mean when one is no longer a virgin?

tags:  virginity / short stories / ya lit

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