Reviews for Doing It Right : Making Smart, Safe, and Satisfying Choices About Sex


Booklist Reviews 2007 February #1
Pardes is an HIV counselor who has led sex-ed classes in middle schools, high schools, and colleges, and she draws on her extensive experience instructing young people in this resource. An empowering, opening chapter sets the tone: "No matter what anyone tells you, what you do with your own body is up to you." Subsequent chapters, which often use a question-and-answer format based on teens' actual queries, delve into sexual anatomy, questions to consider before sex, contraception, safe-sex practices, homosexuality, masturbation, and sexual violence. Throughout, Pardes avoids a heterosexual bias, and her discussion of sexual activity is explicit and inclusive: dildos are briefly mentioned, for example. The facts are up-to-the-minute (there is a paragraph about the new vaccine against HPV), and the language is refreshingly clear, straightforward, and never judgmental. Pardes clearly defines the differences between emergency contraception (Plan B) and abortion pills as well as terms such as transvestite, transgender, and transsexual. Bolstered by excellent resource lists, this title stands out for its comprehensive, open coverage of teens' most urgent questions about sexuality. ((Reviewed February 1, 2007)) Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
The revised edition of a much-heralded sex education book contains an updated resource list and current information about birth control and LGBTQ issues. Pardes uses a conversational tone to draw her audience into information about anatomy, health, and making informed choices. This is a useful, inclusive guide for older teens. Reading list, websites. Ind.

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Kirkus Reviews 2007 February #1
Pardes, who has a degree in human sexuality, here delivers a lot of information in short order. Topics covered in concise chapters include puberty, sexual readiness, protection, pregnancy, masturbation, sexual and gender identity, STDs and rape and abuse. The overall message focuses on the importance of doing what feels right; there is an assumption that teens are sexually active, although abstinence is mentioned. Poor organization in some sections detracts from the clarity of the information (some terms are used several times before being defined and there is no glossary; resources are sometimes mentioned more than once before websites are given). Also, some information is lacking or downplayed (difference between Herpes 1 and 2; risks of HPV; when birth control pills become effective). However, the topics are important, most information is accurate and the conversational tone will allow teen readers to take in the wealth of information. The resource chapter contains short lists of fiction (without annotations or explanation), related nonfiction (most published before 2000) and websites; additional websites are embedded in the text as appropriate. (Nonfiction. YA) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2007 June

Gr 9 Up-- As a sexuality educator at middle schools, high schools, and colleges, Pardes has had her share of the experience in the trenches, and shares some of the most commonly requested information. She is up-front and honest with her audience, not shying away from topics such as anal sex, masturbation, and readiness for a sexual relationship. She strives to give teens the information they need, without judgment, to make their own decisions. She freely discusses sex without love, reproductive anatomy, transitioning as a transsexual, and sexually transmitted diseases. Because she tries to do so much in one volume, some topics, such as STDs other than HIV, are mentioned but not covered in depth. The openness of this book will be a boon to teens looking for frank discussions of sexuality and making choices.--Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 June

Gr 9 Up--The first half of this updated edition addresses the anatomical and emotional issues surrounding sex. The remainder of the book covers gender issues, homosexuality, and safety from disease and assault. Pardes speaks in a matter-of-fact manner about all kinds of sexual experiences from masturbation to anal sex. Much of the book is based on questions posed to her by the young adults she has worked with over the years. Her goal was to give readers "…the information you need, without judgment, to make your own decisions about sexuality." Unfortunately, the writing, while informative, is a bit dry. Only the most motivated teens will read the entire book. The visual presentation is awash with gray. The anatomical explanations are accompanied by serviceable illustrations in shades of gray. Question-and-answer boxes are light gray with black text. In spite of the drab look, this book is well rounded and evenhanded and may be a parent or educator's first choice. Teens may be attracted by the title, but will most likely skip reading a good portion of the book. Craig Murray and Leissa Pitts's Sexpectations: Sex Stuff Straight Up (Allen & Unwin, 2012) is a better choice.--Cindy Wall, Southington Library & Museum, CT

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VOYA Reviews 2007 April
This informative and candid book covers the essential topic of sexuality, which is primary to every adolescent mind. The explanations, terminology, and suggestions are practical. The author, a sexual-health educator, tackles the tough questions about sexual orientation, size, abuse, orgasm, pregnancy, STDs, and masturbation among others. The author suggests that "the most important thing for you to take from reading about them is that it's okay to want to do these things, or not to want to." The frank information on human sexuality clears up myths and helps teens gain some empathy and understanding of sexual differences. It is a weighty subject and the book is text heavy. It might have been more appealing visually if it offered more diagrams, images, etc. The chapter topics range from reproduction, readiness, and protection to STDs and rape. There are excellent definitions, suggestions, and ideas offered in highlighted areas throughout the book. The language is honest and at a level to be appreciated and understood by teens. There are important questions and answers about sexuality offered at the end of many chapters. The appendixes include "Where Can I Go For More Information: A Resource Guide" as well as Web sites on "Puberty" and "Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Questioning" and "About the Author." Although designed as a current, important addition for the circulating collection of both school and public libraries, the highly readable text aimed directly at teens makes it valuable as a classroom resource, for assignments, or personal use.-Ava Ehde Illus. Further Reading. 4Q 5P S Copyright 2007 Voya Reviews.

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