The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 22nd 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Seventeen-year-old Lacey Burke is the last person on the planet who should be doling out sex advice. For starters, she’s never even kissed anyone, and she hates breaking the rules. Up until now, she’s been a straight-A music geek that no one even notices. All she cares about is jamming out with her best friends, Theo and Evita.
But then everything changes.
When Lacey sees first-hand how much damage the abstinence-only sex-ed curriculum of her school can do, she decides to take a stand and starts doling out wisdom and contraception to anyone who seeks her out in the girls’ restroom. But things with Theo become complicated quickly, and Lacey is soon not just keeping everyone else’s secrets, but hers as well.
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Olivia Hinebaugh loves all stripes of literature for children. When she isn’t writing fiction, she can be found writing freelance, making art, discovering new songs on spotify, texting her writing buddies, or folding laundry. She lives near Washington, D.C. with her spouse, three kids, a dog that looks like a coyote, and a one-eyed cat. The Birds, The Bees, And You And Me is her debut novel.
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(I received a free eARC from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)
The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 3.5 stars
(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own)
Lacey is the last person who should be dishing out sex advice, since she’s never even kissed a boy before. She hates breaking the rules and is solely focused on her music along with jamming out with her friends Evita and Theo. But everything changes when Lacey realises that her school is doing an extremely poor job of teaching proper sex-ed, she decides to rectify things by offering advice and contraception to those in need. Things with Theo spiral out quickly and soon, she is not only hiding everyone’s secrets, but her own as well.
There is a lot of talk about sexuality and embracing it in this story and I would definitely recommend it to all! It’s a great feminist story that deserves the spotlight since it doesn’t shy away from educating people about sex.
I love that Lacey, the protagonist, isn’t judgemental and is willing to stand up for what she believes in and offers a helping hand to anyone who needs it.
Story-wise, it was okay, but the message is definitely important and this book is a great way to get it around! It teaches us a lot about the importance of consent and being comfortable. It was very personal and inspiring and is definitely one of the books that should be picked up for 2019!
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