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Love and Sex: Ten Stories of Truth

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  143 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
For use in schools and libraries only. Contributors include: Chris Lynch, Laurie Halse Anderson, Garth Nix, Joan Bauer, Michael Lowenthal, Sonya Sones, Emma Donoghue, Louise Hawes, Shelley Stoehr, and Angela Johnson.
Published by Turtleback Books (first published June 1st 2001)
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Jul 02, 2011 Tatiana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: ala
Although I am usually disappointed in anthologies, I was looking forward to reading this one. Love & Sex: Ten Stories of Truth - this title is irresistible and reeks of parental disapproval, does it not?

But as soon as I read first two stories, I was about to return it right back to the library. If you can think of the most cliche subjects for teen stories about love and sex, what comes first to your mind? I bet it's something about virginity and saving yourself until marriage ("Extra Virgin
Oct 18, 2015 Stacia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I understand that this is a compilation of stories from different authors but, still, these stories don't add up for me -- at least not to fit the title and what the Foreword says the purpose of the book is. I thoroughly enjoyed one story. Out of ten. The title of this book caught my eye on the school library shelf (it is a middle/high school section combined) and I figured I should read it to see how appropriate it might be if a middle school student picks it up. Overall - 'eh' is the feeling I ...more
Apr 03, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teens
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Jubilation Lee
I picked this up because of the Forward, which cites Margaret Edwards' protest that "many adults seem to think that is sex is not mentioned to adolescents, it will go away." Guys, I love Margaret Edwards. I feel like we should be besties, if it weren't for the death thing. But anyway, it spurred me to take this book home and give it a try.


Like most story anthologies, it had hits and misses, and the misses definitely outweighed the hits. I did enjoy Sonya Sones' "Secret Shelf," and Garth Nix's
Oct 14, 2010 kyliemm rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-fall
I picked up this book because I was interested in the authors, including Laurie Halse Anderson, Garth Nix, and Joan Bauer. Overall, I wasn't hugely impressed, especially by Anderson, whose story was clever but completely lacking in character (meaning her characters sucked and I hated them, kind of like the entire book Twisted, which sucked and I hated it). My favorite story by far was Nix's Lightning Bringer, which I first read in his anthology Across the Wall; I think the story was still proble ...more
An anthology of short stories about young people, sex, love, sexuality, consquences, and emotional issues. Story about the gay boy and his friend is very graphic. Another story about a girl who undergoes an abortion.This book screams controversy!
like most short story collections, this was a mixed bag. and these are truly short- it seemed like every time i really got invested in a character, the story was over. but for the most part i enjoyed it.

my favorite was "the welcome" by emma donoghue (author of 'room') about a young lesbian living in a woman's co-op. i also really liked "the acuteness of desire" by michael lowenthal because it did such a good job describing the heartbreak that so often accompanies relationships in high school.

Feb 08, 2016 Robyne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
A collection of short stories for young adults on love and sex. An ok read. In my opinion some of the stories were a little too mature for the intended audience.
I have to admit that I picked this book up because a high school was threatening to ban it from the library. I wanted to see what the fuss was about. As I suspected, the reason must have been fear because there is nothing wrong (in my opinion) with this book.

There are ten short stories in this book, all good. I especially liked Sones' poems in "Shelf life" and the characters in "Snake". I would recommend this book to any high school student who likes good writing. The fact that the stories are a
Jul 21, 2008 Ally rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Before you think anything wrong about me =), I honestly picked this book up (out of the YA section!) out of curiosity. And when this book first came out in 2001 I was in the 5th grade and my very private parents weren't telling me anything so I wanted to read this book because in order to find out anything I had to read it in a book. I've read it now and it was alright. Some of the stories were about sexuality (saving yourself or having an abortion, etc.) and some didn't really seem to fit the m ...more
Oct 01, 2012 Kendrickpozo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i read the story "extra virgin" i liked it alot because it kept me interested in the read. unlike other stories that by the 3rd page im already bored. this story had a very unique style to it. it was a story that kept you at the edge of your seat. its a girl discribing her experince about her first time, she talks about how guys talked to her and what guys tried doing but never did. in order to find out what happens you will have to read and found out what exactlly happens
Jun 01, 2012 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this book. If you want to know about feelings, diferent points of views about love and sex; I can highly recomend this book. Also it has fantasy, poetry, happy endings, bittersweet endings and sad endigs.

I ejoyed to read also the author coments about each story, sometimes I agree and sometimes I could not acept those toughts, even if I have seen similar situations with my eyes.
Age: 7th-9th grade

Several famous authors provide a conglomeration of varying sexual encounters including pregnancy, abortion, abstinence, homosexuality, and machoism. Although written in 2001, it is somewhat dated with a few old cultural references. However, this collection of short stories is still prevalent in our society today with poignant truths captured in each brief story.
Nov 26, 2007 Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, glbtq
Michael Cart brings together an excellent collection of short stories for young adults about love and sexuality. Stories of young men and women, gay and straight, are told by noted YA authors such as Garth Nix, Sonya Jones, and Laurie Halse Anderson. Three of the stories are told from the perspective of a gay teen, but the themes and experiences in all of them are universal.
Tamara the Librarian
High school level appropriateness. Stories would be really interesting to a diverse group of students. At least two of the stories deal with homosexual/transgender issues. All the stories are well written and engaging. For older readers they sure bring back lots of memories-- both good and bad (in an awkward when we were young kind of way.
Aug 26, 2008 Linsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-stuff
This was a great collection of short stories that ran the spectrum. I appreciated the wide variety of experiences and writing styles in the collection, and suspect that many teens would find something of interest that would make them realize that they are not alone in their feelings and emotions surrounding their sexuality.
Sep 09, 2012 Cat. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These stories run that gamut, from abstinence to pregnancy to heartbreak to pornography to homosexuality. In the YA section. This could be a touchy book, but the stories are pretty realistic and honest, if a bit "out there."
Best stories: “Fine and Dandy” by Louise Hawes; “Secret Shelf” in verse by Sonya Sones; “The Cure for Curtis” by Chris Lynch; “The Acuteness of Desire” by Michael Lowenthal; “The Welcome” by Emma Donoghue
Sep 07, 2007 Dorcas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: short story enthusiasts
This compilation explores the broad spectrum of intimate teen relationships. The subject matter is interesting and this book may also be a good introduction to the writing of many well-known authors.
Some of these stories I liked okay, but a few were rather silly seeming to me, at least in how they were written. I don't think I have a favorite. Apparently the stories are aimed at teenagers.
Thorn MotherIssues
It's okay, though dated. I'd have guessed it was even older than it actually is. I got it for the Emma Donoghue story and I liked some of the others, but nothing really grabbed me or stuck with me.
Aug 06, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in high school so I don't really remember it in any detail, but I remember it was great and very inclusive and, at the time, very risque. Lots of great authors too, as I remember.
Keri (JD)
Sep 12, 2009 Keri (JD) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy a good book full of short stories such as this. I disliked the lightning story and the story about gay guys because I feel anger at the prejudice and homophobia in the story.
May 10, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title says it well: the truth. It's good to know there are books out there geared toward the kinds of questions young men and and women have but are too scared to ask.
Jun 10, 2010 Alicia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Ten short stories ranging from homosexual love to virginity. Very explicit and sometimes over the top, but written by authors like Laurie Halse Anderson and Chris Lynch.
Feb 05, 2009 Rene rated it liked it
Different stories about learning what love is to learning what love is to different types of people. Some stories are good and some are downright strange!
Aug 16, 2008 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Diverse stories about teen love with protagonists of all sexual persuasions. Useful to me to see how many accomplished YA authors handle sex scenes.
Some stories I liked better than others. Some of them were a bit more realistic to me than others. I have to say a few made me uncomfortable.
I have no recollection of reading this apart from the fact that I wished that I had had access to more books like this when I was 15-18.
Many of these short stories are excellent. It's a well-done collection, and most of them are by well-known YA writers.
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Former Director of the Beverly Hills (CA) Public Library and a Past President of the Young Adult Library Services Association, Michael Cart is a nationally recognized expert in children's and young adult literature. Now a columnist and reviewer for ALA's Booklist magazine, he is the author or editor of eight books, including From Romance to Realism, a critical history of YA literature; MY FATHER'S ...more
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