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From Heather Corinna, founder and director of Scarleteen.com, and Isabella Rotman, cartoonist and sex educator, comes a graphic novel guide that covers essential topics for preteens and young teens about their changing bodies and feelings. Join friends Malia, Rico, Max, Sam and Alexis as they talk about all the weird and exciting parts of growing up! This supportive group From Heather Corinna, founder and director of Scarleteen.com, and Isabella Rotman, cartoonist and sex educator, comes a graphic novel guide that covers essential topics for preteens and young teens about their changing bodies and feelings. Join friends Malia, Rico, Max, Sam and Alexis as they talk about all the weird and exciting parts of growing up! This supportive group of friends are guides for some tricky subjects. Using comics, activities and examples, they give encouragement and context for new and confusing feelings and experiences. Inclusive of different kinds of genders, sexualities, and other identities, they talk about important topics like: - Bodies, including puberty, body parts and body image - Sexual and gender identity - Gender roles and stereotypes - Crushes, relationships, and sexual feelings - Boundaries and consent - The media and cultural messages, specifically around bodies and sex - How to be sensitive, kind, accepting, and mature - Where to look for more information, support and help A fun and easy-to-read guide from expert sex educators that gives readers a good basis and an age-appropriate start with sex, bodies and relationships education! The perfect complement to any school curriculum.


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From Heather Corinna, founder and director of Scarleteen.com, and Isabella Rotman, cartoonist and sex educator, comes a graphic novel guide that covers essential topics for preteens and young teens about their changing bodies and feelings. Join friends Malia, Rico, Max, Sam and Alexis as they talk about all the weird and exciting parts of growing up! This supportive group From Heather Corinna, founder and director of Scarleteen.com, and Isabella Rotman, cartoonist and sex educator, comes a graphic novel guide that covers essential topics for preteens and young teens about their changing bodies and feelings. Join friends Malia, Rico, Max, Sam and Alexis as they talk about all the weird and exciting parts of growing up! This supportive group of friends are guides for some tricky subjects. Using comics, activities and examples, they give encouragement and context for new and confusing feelings and experiences. Inclusive of different kinds of genders, sexualities, and other identities, they talk about important topics like: - Bodies, including puberty, body parts and body image - Sexual and gender identity - Gender roles and stereotypes - Crushes, relationships, and sexual feelings - Boundaries and consent - The media and cultural messages, specifically around bodies and sex - How to be sensitive, kind, accepting, and mature - Where to look for more information, support and help A fun and easy-to-read guide from expert sex educators that gives readers a good basis and an age-appropriate start with sex, bodies and relationships education! The perfect complement to any school curriculum.

30 review for Wait, What?: A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up

  1. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    This is a fantastic little graphic novel about sex, puberty, relationships, and growing up in general for teens. It's super diverse and inclusive, with an entire section dedicated to queerness and gender identity as well as loads of casual references throughout the book. I also appreciate that it offers some insight into being aro and/or ace and how not everyone is going to want to have sex, pursue romantic relationships, etc., so kids shouldn't feel "weird" if they aren't interested in those This is a fantastic little graphic novel about sex, puberty, relationships, and growing up in general for teens. It's super diverse and inclusive, with an entire section dedicated to queerness and gender identity as well as loads of casual references throughout the book. I also appreciate that it offers some insight into being aro and/or ace and how not everyone is going to want to have sex, pursue romantic relationships, etc., so kids shouldn't feel "weird" if they aren't interested in those things. I'll definitely be recommending this one to teens! Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marina

    This is a lovely, non-judgemental and inclusive book for teenagers, mostly written in comic book style. It has an open-minded and educational approach to sexuality and gender identity , which will be welcomed by many parents, although some may object to it. I had hoped to read this with my 12-year-old son but after a look at the contents page and a quick flick through, he felt he wasn’t ready for it yet. Hopefully we’ll find the right time, somewhere between ‘too much, too soon’ and ‘too little, This is a lovely, non-judgemental and inclusive book for teenagers, mostly written in comic book style. It has an open-minded and educational approach to sexuality and gender identity , which will be welcomed by many parents, although some may object to it. I had hoped to read this with my 12-year-old son but after a look at the contents page and a quick flick through, he felt he wasn’t ready for it yet. Hopefully we’ll find the right time, somewhere between ‘too much, too soon’ and ‘too little, too late’! Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ♛ Garima ♛

    This is quite informative book for teens...it covers wide variety of topics like puberty, sex, masturbation, coming out, dating, crush etc. and lot more confusing things a normal teen would go through. Very helpful and supportive book for your teen to educate them on lots of topics considered "controversial" by society.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Basma

    I love this so much and even I as an adult have learned something new from this. This is definitely a book that I will purchase, I want a readily available resource at hand especially when any sort of sex education (and everything that word encompasses outside the act of sex) is not something that's available. There are places in the world where people don't get to learn about sex-ed. Not even the bad kind of sex-ed or the ones we see in movies. Nothing. We get to learn the science bit about I love this so much and even I as an adult have learned something new from this. This is definitely a book that I will purchase, I want a readily available resource at hand especially when any sort of sex education (and everything that word encompasses outside the act of sex) is not something that's available. There are places in the world where people don't get to learn about sex-ed. Not even the bad kind of sex-ed or the ones we see in movies. Nothing. We get to learn the science bit about puberty and the basic changes that happen to the body and that's it. Girls learn the female puberty part only and boys learn both. Everything is superficial; "this is how you make a baby", "sex happens only to procreate", "this is what a period looks like", "this is what you do when you get your period" and of course the bulk of it is getting told all the things that are wrong, sinful and shameful. So you can see how such a book can change one's perspective and one's image of themselves. And this in itself would be a reason so many would call out this book because they wouldn't want us to learn the opposite of what they're teaching us because how dare we think all of this is okay. Pfhttt. So this is a graphic novel for pre-teens or teens about bodies, growing up and the changes that happen. It's a guide that discusses sex-ed in a much more inclusive, positive, easy and informative way. It starts off by talking about "due dates" and the myth of having to do things at a certain time just to make sure we're conforming to our peers. It continues to talk about puberty, maturity, masturbation, genitals, gender, gender roles and stereotypes, crushes, relationships and feelings, consent, boundaries, what is sex, being ready, sexual identity, problematic ideas and having a support team. Each section in this book is broken down and discussed by the main 5 people in this comic; Rico, Malia, Mac, Sam and Alexis. Each character identifies differently and have different explanations and experiences. I know that this book isn't revolutionary in its ideas or even the way it presents those ideas because I have read books like this before and in a comic format as well that breaks down certain concepts. But the fact that more are still needed and are getting applauded means that these types of books aren't reaching the right people or the correct audiences yet. It's not reaching schools or libraries and it should. It's not reaching the countries where they need to be hearing all of this and it should. This graphic novel is inclusive and lgbtq+ friendly and I'm glad that it didn't make a distinction for that or saying "well here's a chapter to talk about all things lgbtq+" but I do wish some chapters such as genitals and what is sex had also mentioned what it would be like for lgbtq+ folks. However, for those wanting more there is a cool glossary and resource list at the end of the book that are both for pre-teens and parents. I want to end this long review by saying I love the art style, the coloring and the format of the book. (I received a free e-book copy of this title from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is an all encompassing take on puberty and sexuality for youth growing up today. There are five teens represented in this book, who runs the gamut on gender, sexuality and maturity. This makes for insightful comments on thoughts about gender fluidity, and on sexual desire. They point out that we all mature at our own level and time. And the sex is a mutual activity, and if it isn't mutual, it is not sex, but assault. Well researched, and well represented. This will make a good reference book, This is an all encompassing take on puberty and sexuality for youth growing up today. There are five teens represented in this book, who runs the gamut on gender, sexuality and maturity. This makes for insightful comments on thoughts about gender fluidity, and on sexual desire. They point out that we all mature at our own level and time. And the sex is a mutual activity, and if it isn't mutual, it is not sex, but assault. Well researched, and well represented. This will make a good reference book, one that is easy to read, and get answering to questions about growing up. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    "Wait, What?: A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up" is the book I wish we all had when we were in middle school. And if you have a middle school human in your life, you should get them this book. One of the first pages, page 9 to be exact, sets the tone of the book. That humans develop in all ways at a different rate from each other. Some of us mature physically, some of us mature romantically earlier, and that's all ok. Heather & Isabella take great care to talk about "Wait, What?: A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up" is the book I wish we all had when we were in middle school. And if you have a middle school human in your life, you should get them this book. One of the first pages, page 9 to be exact, sets the tone of the book. That humans develop in all ways at a different rate from each other. Some of us mature physically, some of us mature romantically earlier, and that's all ok. Heather & Isabella take great care to talk about all things puberty-related with not just great care, but in a gender inclusive manner. Vaginas are not talked about things women have, rather vaginas and breast development are things that happen to humans and if that what you are experiencing, great! If not, maybe you have a penis and other stuff is happening. Don't get me wrong, there are pages that talk about boys and girls, but in a way that allows each reader to identify how they feel, including that some people feel feminine one day and masculine the next. One of the favorite parts of the book are the discussions around consent and relationships. Consent treated not just as a topic in order to reduce sexual assault, but woven in to how we relate to each other in relationships. At the most basic level it is that you need someones consent to be in a relationship and everyone has the right to not be in a relationship. It makes you imagine how much dating would suck less if we all learned how to talk to each other about our expectations for relationships when we were 12 instead of in therapy in our 30s or 40s. I attended the Chicago book party. Instead of Heather & Isbella reading everything, they asked for volunteers to read for different characters. Hearing the story from the mouths of tweens was everything. It cemented how perfect the narrative is in helping middle schoolers understand that puberty is a hot mess, but you're going to be just fine. Even if you don't have a Superteam like we one we follow in "Wait, What?" Disclaimer: I received a review copy, but did purchase a copy for myself. Also Heather is a friend and someone whose work I have greatly admired for many years.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Octopodey

    This book is so good that it is making me angry, which is a reaction I don't even understand. I love it. As a former teenager, I love it and wish I'd had it then. As a mother of a daughter, I love it and can't wait to give it to my kid when she's old enough to need it. As a midwife who works in sexual and reproductive health, I LOVE IT AND WISH I WAS RICH ENOUGH TO HAND IT OUT LIKE CANDY. Every kid needs this book. Probably a lot of adults, too. It's fun, it's straightforward, it's honest, it's This book is so good that it is making me angry, which is a reaction I don't even understand. I love it. As a former teenager, I love it and wish I'd had it then. As a mother of a daughter, I love it and can't wait to give it to my kid when she's old enough to need it. As a midwife who works in sexual and reproductive health, I LOVE IT AND WISH I WAS RICH ENOUGH TO HAND IT OUT LIKE CANDY. Every kid needs this book. Probably a lot of adults, too. It's fun, it's straightforward, it's honest, it's non-judgmental, and it's kind. It's loving and it's there for you, like an older pal who knows what things are like and cares about you and wants to save you some of the tough lessons they learned - but also wants to make sure you understand the truly important things and don't mess things up. I would love a follow-up by the same team that gets into the nitty-gritty of STIs, contraception, and abortion. I know Isabella Rotman has her STI comic but I don't know if it's geared towards teens. Of course, that's what Scarleteen is for. But I'm a sucker for physical books, and I dream of having a waiting room packed with books just like this for my patients. Everyone should buy this and read it. I received a free eARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review, mostly because I just couldn't wait until the release party on 9/4 to read it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    sukhmanjot

    This book (wait, what?) is all about relationships, puberty, sexual identity, growing up, gender identity, understanding their bodies and getting to know everything about it. This was an IMPORTANT book according to me. As, there are many questions & doubts in the mind of teenagers at the age of puberty which they sometimes feel bad for or are not aware of whom to discuss with. So, this book is perfect for them. This is a diverse and inclusive book and the author had done a fabulous job in This book (wait, what?) is all about relationships, puberty, sexual identity, growing up, gender identity, understanding their bodies and getting to know everything about it. This was an IMPORTANT book according to me. As, there are many questions & doubts in the mind of teenagers at the age of puberty which they sometimes feel bad for or are not aware of whom to discuss with. So, this book is perfect for them. This is a diverse and inclusive book and the author had done a fabulous job in making this topic, NOT A BIG DEAL for teenagers & not hurting their emotions. This book is different from any else as it enlightens every topic and there is such an information which teenagers need to know before indulging them into any misdoings. There are also some bonus materials inside this book, where author had given the information about various organisations where teenagers could get sex education which is very necessary concerning its risks. The author had also put every difficult words at the back (glossary) so teenagers will de able to understand everything clearly. The author did a spectacular job as this is a fun and interesting book with some really important stuff which teenagers sometimes feel awkward in discussing with one-another. Moreover, the illustrations were just perfect and so apt, everything was so colourful and captivating. DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED TO TEENAGERS!! Thank you Netgalley for this e-arc on behalf of an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    I seriously wish that I had this book when I was 10 years old as most of my education on this topic came from books or DIY. This is a great resource for all, but especially for those weird loner freak kids like my young self who didn't have any friends and their parents, mentors, coaches, leaders, & teachers never talked to them. Anyways, it's free on NetGalley before the publication date as an e-book in case any librarians need to preview it for their J 612s. Yes, J not YA, because at least I seriously wish that I had this book when I was 10 years old as most of my education on this topic came from books or DIY. This is a great resource for all, but especially for those weird loner freak kids like my young self who didn't have any friends and their parents, mentors, coaches, leaders, & teachers never talked to them. Anyways, it's free on NetGalley before the publication date as an e-book in case any librarians need to preview it for their J 612s. Yes, J not YA, because at least for me puberty started when I was in elementary school. If I waited until high school to read it, 80% of it wouldn't be news.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Williams

    A very informative comic for teens which they can relate to and make sure they don't feel like they are alone in all of this. A very fun and clever way of helping your teen feel normal and accepted.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tomas

    What a fun book. Wow I wish when we were in school we had an awesome guide such as "Wait What", that explores every obstacles you face as a growing teen from, 1st kiss, masturbation, sex, puberty and coming out. This book should be provided in every classroom across America for those who are too embarrassed to ask questions. Highly recommend for that growing teen that you may have, thats curious. This is my honest opinion. Rating 5

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Tudor

    I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. I’ve been looking for a coming of age type of book that is queer friendly and this is that book! It’s great for my 11 year old but I think my older kids will like it too. Straightforward without more detail than necessary but also not shying away from the information. I literally cried when I saw that genitalia is not labeled M/F, this book is truly inclusive of trans, non-binary, and other gender expressions. I’m absolutely thrilled and I want to buy everyone a copy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Fotini

    Wait, What? is an informative and up-to-date book on 'growing up'. The graphic novel style of this book and the characters sharing their experiences are a great way to get the interest and attention of younger people wanting more information about these things. I requested this book to see what had changed from books when I was growing up to what they would be like now, and while there are a lot of things that are the same, there are new aspects. Wait, What? has more inclusion with various parts Wait, What? is an informative and up-to-date book on 'growing up'. The graphic novel style of this book and the characters sharing their experiences are a great way to get the interest and attention of younger people wanting more information about these things. I requested this book to see what had changed from books when I was growing up to what they would be like now, and while there are a lot of things that are the same, there are new aspects. Wait, What? has more inclusion with various parts of the LGBT+ community - the older books only mentioning being gay, lesbian, and bisexual - and explains things in a very basic way and would definitely provide comfort to those reading who may be feeling confused about their gender and/or sexual identity. The conversations of the characters regarding crushes, dating, and sex were great and how people shouldn't feel pressured by others experiencing those things and if you never want to date or have sex, how that is completely normal. The section on sexual assault was particularly crucial and something that sex education books and teachers at school don't really talk about. That is quite distressing as many people are sexually assaulted and it should be discussed in a safe, thoughtful, and supportive way where services are provided to help those who have been through it. All in all, I thought this was a fantastic and modern book and I hope that many young people will be able to get their hands on it and be well informed.

  14. 4 out of 5

    January Gray

    An easy way to teach your kids life and body lessons! I'm going to buy a copy for when my kids are a little bit older. I highly recommend! This book will help break the ice for these types of conversations!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Follow friends, Malia, Rico, Max, Sam, and Alexis as they talk about the weird and exciting parts of growing up! Included are topics such as gender, sexuality, puberty, building a support network, and more. Told with comic book-style and short text pieces, topics are presented in a simple, straightforward way that will be relatable for young teens. Included are crosswords and other activities for engagement. A good book for readers who are dealing with maturation. The author and founder of Follow friends, Malia, Rico, Max, Sam, and Alexis as they talk about the weird and exciting parts of growing up! Included are topics such as gender, sexuality, puberty, building a support network, and more. Told with comic book-style and short text pieces, topics are presented in a simple, straightforward way that will be relatable for young teens. Included are crosswords and other activities for engagement. A good book for readers who are dealing with maturation. The author and founder of Scarleteen.com brings her years of communication experience to teens who are dealing with a difficult subject.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maia

    This is a short, friendly, accessible guide to sex ed topics. The language is very inclusive of queer, trans and nonbinary people, and aims to entertain and destigmatize as well as educate. I love the playful artwork by Isabella Rotman and the bright colors by Luke Howard. Appropriate for middle schoolers up to young high schoolers.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Walker

    Sex positive, queer-informed sex ed for teens & pre-teens! Buy this book!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anglophile Bookworm

    This is a great comic book for teens, parents and teachers. It explains in a straightforward way many different aspects related to sex education such as puberty, maturity, gender, crushes & dating, sexual identity, etc. All this information is presented with great illustrations, sense of humour and in an appealing way to teenagers (you can also find word search puzzles, crosswords, doodles, paper dolls…) without forgetting a glossary and some references to books and websites you can have a This is a great comic book for teens, parents and teachers. It explains in a straightforward way many different aspects related to sex education such as puberty, maturity, gender, crushes & dating, sexual identity, etc. All this information is presented with great illustrations, sense of humour and in an appealing way to teenagers (you can also find word search puzzles, crosswords, doodles, paper dolls…) without forgetting a glossary and some references to books and websites you can have a look at if you want to learn more about the topic. Thanks to NetGalley, Omi Press and Limerence Press for a copy of this book to read and review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Debra Sabah Press

    I LOVE this book. We conceived our nine year old twins with an egg donor, so we have been discussing human reproduction with them since they were pre-verbal. But, as they enter the early stages of puberty, we are finding many of the books out there pretty disappointing for a variety of reasons. Sometimes these books are condescending. More often than not they present a false gender binary scenario. They tend to be voiced by adults. Diversity-- in bodies, backgrounds, and experiences-- doesn't I LOVE this book. We conceived our nine year old twins with an egg donor, so we have been discussing human reproduction with them since they were pre-verbal. But, as they enter the early stages of puberty, we are finding many of the books out there pretty disappointing for a variety of reasons. Sometimes these books are condescending. More often than not they present a false gender binary scenario. They tend to be voiced by adults. Diversity-- in bodies, backgrounds, and experiences-- doesn't often play into the equation. We have not yet presented them with this book, because our best judgment is that they will be ready for it in about a year, but we are delighted that it is available. This book is presented in a graphic format (our kids LOVE graphic books) and is presented in the voices of several young people. Right off the bat it respects and acknowledges how every developing person's experiences are different and that the way to make healthy choices is to trust their own sense of what is right for them and to do no harm to others. It confronts head on the pressures popular media and peers place on young people to conform to certain norms and provides support for finding and respecting one's own truth. In deciding that I want to give this book to my children, it was important to me that the book made this a priority at the outset. The authors set forth biological facts in clear, understandable terms while acknowledging variety from person to person. Critically, the authors gently remind children that going through puberty does not equal becoming an adult and that relationships come in many forms, all of which are valid (so long as everyone is respected). I particularly appreciate the emphasis on self-respect and respect for others. I love the sections dealing with unreciprocated feelings. Aside from sexuality, this book is a wonderful exploration of human boundaries in general. The sections on consent are excellent as are the section about what sex actually means and the emotional and physical implications of different kinds of sex. By including tools such as crosswords and mazes, the authors help readers organize their thoughts and feelings about themselves in general and in a sexual context. Finally, the book encourages young people to create a team of adults, community resources, and peers who can support them as they navigate puberty and their emerging sexuality. EXCELLENT!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    ONE MILLION STARS for this wonderful, gentle, frank and inclusive sex ed graphic novel for kiddos revolving around the message "we're all different, and that's okay." From the brilliant minds at Scarleteen, WAIT, WHAT? isn't just a non-scary, shame-free introduction to sexuality (though it is that). It's also a kind, frank look at relationships and healthy dynamics, laying emotional groundwork just as kids are starting to Feel Feelings -- delving into questions like "what is a crush?", the ONE MILLION STARS for this wonderful, gentle, frank and inclusive sex ed graphic novel for kiddos revolving around the message "we're all different, and that's okay." From the brilliant minds at Scarleteen, WAIT, WHAT? isn't just a non-scary, shame-free introduction to sexuality (though it is that). It's also a kind, frank look at relationships and healthy dynamics, laying emotional groundwork just as kids are starting to Feel Feelings -- delving into questions like "what is a crush?", the importance of recognizing that having a crush doesn't mean you have ownership or control over the person you like, and how to deal. There's also a great section on relationships -- how it's okay to want one or not, how to recognize when you're in a relationship that isn't making you happy, and emphasizing that there's no prize for staying in an unhappy relationship the longest. "No matter what, it's fine to go when you want to go," the book cheers. I was also struck by the level of nuance, emotional and political, with which this simple text treats gender and sexuality. One short arc features two friends discussing how labels affect their sexuality. Max, a genderfluid character, notes that they don't like gendered or sexual labels and feel exhausted by them. Their friend Alexis, who has "only ever had crushes on girls," replies that she actually loves the label "gay." "That doesn't mean I'll always have to use that word, or only ever like girls, but that's okay," Alexis says. "If my feelings change, my words can change. I like having that word [gay] because it makes me feel validated in my identity. It reminds me that other people are and have always been like me, too, so I don't feel alone." The characters end the scene agreeing peaceably to disagree: "I still don't like labels," the genderfluid character says, and their friend replies, "I still do." "It's okay" and "we're all different, and THAT's okay" are recurring themes in the book, and the result is a simultaneously heavy-hitting and uplifting text. WAIT, WHAT? is a slim volume with bright colors and simple language, easily accessible to late elementary schoolers, but no less relevant in message to this adult reader. Y'all, I cried. I wish I could buy a copy for every 10-year-old in the nation. If you're a parent, please, please get this for your kids. Make sure there's a copy in their school library, and in your public one, too. It's so important.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Florence

    My daughter & I loved this book! It was just so full of true things that I want my kid to know. I requested it from the library based on a goodreads recommendation, but now I’m going to buy it based on her reaction. She’s still on the cusp of puberty but it definitely curious about this stuff. I’ve always hated pop culture that tells kids that they should expect to go straight from innocence to flipping a switch, falling in love, and having one kind of sex. We need more portrayals of all the My daughter & I loved this book! It was just so full of true things that I want my kid to know. I requested it from the library based on a goodreads recommendation, but now I’m going to buy it based on her reaction. She’s still on the cusp of puberty but it definitely curious about this stuff. I’ve always hated pop culture that tells kids that they should expect to go straight from innocence to flipping a switch, falling in love, and having one kind of sex. We need more portrayals of all the steps in between, and space for people who don’t end up fitting anything they see. This book covers gender identity, consent, sexual identity, how weird & varied genitals are. Most importantly it tells kids that everyone is different and deserves to set their own pace as they explore sexuality in different ways over many years.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Felix Hommy Gonzalez

    Straightforward and youth-friendly comic book with tons of information about everything from sex to bodies to gender identity. The illustrations are cute, the characters are lovable, diverse and funny, and the situations they present are as real as life itself. It deals with topics as consent, crushes, body image and a lot more! I think this book would be a great resource for parents, schools and counselors while they teach and help their kids through puberty. *Note: I recommend getting a Straightforward and youth-friendly comic book with tons of information about everything from sex to bodies to gender identity. The illustrations are cute, the characters are lovable, diverse and funny, and the situations they present are as real as life itself. It deals with topics as consent, crushes, body image and a lot more! I think this book would be a great resource for parents, schools and counselors while they teach and help their kids through puberty. *Note: I recommend getting a physical copy instead of an ebook, because there are some fun puzzles (crossword, word search) that would be fun to do. :D ***I received a digital ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.***

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Schulze

    As a sex educator, I’ve been waiting for a book like this! Engaging, inclusive, affirming and the illustrations are beautiful. This book covers the basics but what I really love is the simplicity with which they address complex identities, relationships, and feelings. Diving into the social construct of virginity, the fluidity of gender, the desire for a sense of belonging with a reminder that we are all worthy and deserve a kind, loving superteam around us. All of that is here with a graceful As a sex educator, I’ve been waiting for a book like this! Engaging, inclusive, affirming and the illustrations are beautiful. This book covers the basics but what I really love is the simplicity with which they address complex identities, relationships, and feelings. Diving into the social construct of virginity, the fluidity of gender, the desire for a sense of belonging with a reminder that we are all worthy and deserve a kind, loving superteam around us. All of that is here with a graceful ease and a colorful backdrop. Will be recommending to many of the young people I serve and their families! Big love for this.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    This book is a great educational guide to puberty and sex. I would 100% recommend it! It's inclusive of different body types, genders and sexuality. It tackles big topics like consent and deciding whether or not to have sex in age appropriate ways. The illustrations were great, especially the characters discussing their thoughts and feelings throughout the different topics. There was a good level of humour; the book felt fun and engaging, not cringey like some sex ed books can be. It also has a This book is a great educational guide to puberty and sex. I would 100% recommend it! It's inclusive of different body types, genders and sexuality. It tackles big topics like consent and deciding whether or not to have sex in age appropriate ways. The illustrations were great, especially the characters discussing their thoughts and feelings throughout the different topics. There was a good level of humour; the book felt fun and engaging, not cringey like some sex ed books can be. It also has a handy guide at the back with further resources for kids as well as parents/educators. [Free ARC from NetGalley]

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    This was shelved on the “Rad Queer Reads” section at this very small comic book store in the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago. Sure, it goes over the various LGBT terms and identities, but this adorable little book is SO MUCH more than that. I’m definitely NOT an expert on the subject OR have personally researched much books on this topic, but this guide is easily the best and most reader friendly book on sex education I’ve seen. I’m actually tempted to send this over to the librarian at the This was shelved on the “Rad Queer Reads” section at this very small comic book store in the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago. Sure, it goes over the various LGBT terms and identities, but this adorable little book is SO MUCH more than that. I’m definitely NOT an expert on the subject OR have personally researched much books on this topic, but this guide is easily the best and most reader friendly book on sex education I’ve seen. I’m actually tempted to send this over to the librarian at the middle school in the district I teach in. Definitely a book that should be in the hands of teens/preteens who are curious/confused about these issues.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Breeanna

    Thankyou netgally for the arc of this I wanted to try this as i have a child and want to lear for whats to come what i should be teaching and also to know what to show my son This book covered so much and i think is well needed and educational expecialy for those embarresed to talk to anyone about things like this they could take it to their room read it do the activities was great would defiantly recommend

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    In a time and age where children and tweens are loving graphic novels, incorporating graphic novels about important topics - such as their development - is an amazing way to ensure kids are learning what they need to about themselves and their bodies. This graphic novel is detailed, well-illustrated, and incredibly important for tweens.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amber Smith

    I was given this free review copy graphic novel at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This was very well done and very informative. I loved the artwork. Heather and Isabella did a great job of explaining the body and what it is like for a young person. I loved the whole concept. There were fun puzzles and activities in the book that just made it even more special. Great job!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Witzling

    Highly recommended reading for middle school! I've been searching for a fun, accurate sex ed book for this age group for a long time and this really hit the spot. Everyone and their kids should read this.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Insert Name Here

    What a cute, funny book! It keeps a light touch without making fun of the subject, making sure to validate the reader's feelings at all times. This is a wonderful title to give children to help them understand our increasingly complicated world.

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