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Sex: A Book for Teens: An Uncensored Guide to Your Body, Sex, and Safety

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  132 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
The co-creator of the popular online Midwest Teen Sex Show brings us a hilarious, honest, and in-depth look at every teen's favorite subject: sex. This isn't your mother's sex book: It's punchy and unapologetic. At the same time, it teaches teens the practical ins and outs of being sexually active and, above all, how to stay safe. With humorous illustrations by San Francis ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Zest Books
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I was very impressed with this book, but I'm sure it will be the type to get tons of reads in my library's teen room, but not actual checkouts.

I'd learned of the Midwest Teen Sex Show a while back when searching for good resources to direct my teens to about sex and reproductive health. The show is almost jarringly blunt and unrestricted and the conservative in me screamed out in fear. LOL Yet, I found it extremely informative and honest. The same can be said of my experience with the book.

Jan 27, 2015 Caroline rated it really liked it
This is one of the best books on sex for teens that I've read. The information is presented very well in a non-textbook manner. The tone (while tongue-in-cheek at times) is very sex-positive. I really liked that Q&A portions of the book. The questions felt like questions teens would ask, like "Is it normal to have hairy nipples?" or "Can my bf's penis be too big for my vagina?" The STI was written well. Many books and sex ed. classes tend to take a "scare tactics" route, which in my opinion, ...more
May 10, 2011 Sarai rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that will either get stolen right away or will have a parent complain about us owning it in the first place. It talks in a straightforward manner about all things sex - fetishes, birth control, sexual identity, abortion/adoption, etc. It's packed with good information, facts, and common questions. I learned a few things myself - ever heard of cake farters? Yeah, stuff like that.

This is the kind of book which will make some people very angry because they don't want thei
Brian Williams
Jan 22, 2013 Brian Williams rated it liked it
I read this for a friend. I thought it was a good book with a lot of humor that went into more depth than just about any other book of this kind for teens that I've seen. I only had two problems.
1,I didn't see many mentions of abstinence which is a choice that should be presented. I'm for total sex education when it comes to teens and sex subject matter but we also have to show that some teens also choose not to have sex and we should include that choice to keep them from feeling excluded. Plu
Jul 11, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it
Chatty, funny, informative and non-judgmental are the four adjectives I would choose to describe this book. Nikol Hasler translates everything the Midwest Teen Sex Show has been doing via webisodes into this catchy book.

This is a far ranging and comprehensive book. The sort of book that is going to freak out some parents, and just make teens want to read it even more! Aside from giving the ins and outs (heh) of heterosexual vaginal intercourse, there's also sections on anal and oral sex, sexual
Jul 18, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
YALSA Non Fiction 2010

I have cognitive dissonance regarding this book. I may be conservative but a book for teens that offers specific and detailed sexual techniques disturbs me. I spoke to a nineteen year old girl about the book and she told me that what it contains, most kids learn about in public school. While I am all about teens being informed about sex, relationships and STIs, I object to the explicit information being offered. I was educated about several things though. The book defines t
Janis Kay
Apr 27, 2015 Janis Kay rated it really liked it
Problem with this book:

Abortion is only discussed as a choice and only the emotional "side effects" are and not what actually happens during the procedure or what that can do to the uterus. So much for "uncensored". They give both sides of plenty of other sex topics, why not this? Too controversial? What an oxymoron considering the content of the book. At least offer a source on the medical ups and downs of having an abortion. If you still want to go through with it after doing your homework, n
May 03, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who's hit puberty
I've heard so many inaccuracies and misconceptions about sex from teens over the years that I want to sing this book's praises for presenting the facts in an accurate, humorous, straightforward manner that teens might actually want to read. It is very frank (parents may raise eyebrows at just how frank), covering everything from sexual orientation, gender identity, and masturbation, to heterosexual and homosexual sex, to birth control, dating, and fetishes. I will be interested to see if it's ...more
Jun 14, 2016 Jason rated it really liked it
I've been looking for a book to enhance my ongoing discussions with my teen boys about sex and relationships and maturity, etc. This book fits the bill. The tone is similar to what I set when we talk, so it will fit in well as we talk. I also want another source of information so their inner monologues on this topic are not in my voice.
Apr 11, 2013 Tami rated it it was amazing
I wrote this review for a class I am taking and thought I would post it here as well:

When I saw Sex A Book for Teens by Nikol Hasler in one of the first few chapters of our textbook, I was sold, to at least look at it for my non-fiction read. Once I saw the cover, I never looked at another non-fiction book for this post. I loved the sub title of An Uncensored Guide to Your Body, Sex and Safety. I also thought it would be good for me to read it since my children are coming up on the age when they
May 21, 2014 Annamarie rated it it was ok
I had such high hopes for this book after reading the good reviews of the Midwest Teen Sex Show. Plus, I just read "s.e.x." by Heather Corinna (which was amazing) so this left me extra disappointed.

Don't get me wrong, this book isn't all bad. The humor will grab the attention of teens who might otherwise be loathe to read a sex-ed book, and it's not so long that it will scare people away. The author is very pro-masturbation (yay!) and gives a great admonition to boys about not harassing the gir
April Duclos
Feb 08, 2016 April Duclos rated it liked it
Considering what is out there this book is a vast improvement. It has a an easily accessible style of writing, a simple layout and no images or drawings that would get marked as anything approaching porn (or art for that matter). However, it does have a few spots where the attempts at "humor" are a bit too strained and end up likely leaving the reader feeling more confused. Assuring people that it is a good thing to ask questions, but then having a segment in each chapter called "There are no ...more
A funny, informative, and accessible guide to sex and sexuality for teens of all ages and sexual orientations written by the host of the web show “The Midwest Teen Sex Show.” This book manages to cover a lot of vital information including basic anatomy, sexual identity, masturbation, all varieties of sexual practices, birth control, safe sex, relationships, and more in less than 200 pages. Sexual content is explicit, but never exploitative, and teens will appreciate the author’s honesty, candor ...more
Apr 25, 2011 Julia rated it really liked it
A good choice for lighthearted and accurate information about a serious topic. Whatever your values about teens and sexual activity, this book still provides useful factual information that teens will need to know at some point in their lives. It's very frank and some parts of it will make people uncomfortable, but it will be different parts for different people, so all the information becomes needed.

What I like is that the book doesn't tell anyone what to do or not to do. Instead, it talks abou
May 06, 2012 Shane rated it liked it
Reading this to see if my 13-year-old can handle it. It says it's for ages 15 & up but I'm afraid by that time it may be too late (it was for me).

Not bad. I mean for me it was kind of boring but for him I think it will be both interesting and a giggle-fest. I do have a better understanding of the term "gender queer" and will definitely be using the expressions "hangy-down bits" or "dangly-down bits" whenever referring to male anatomy and "honey pot" when speaking of women's private areas.

Serena Shay
Jan 19, 2014 Serena Shay rated it it was amazing
When I came across this book I thought, "well my daughter and I are very open about sex and the changes she's going through, so we're probably good to go without reading it..." It was the probably that made me think twice. What if my daughter had questions about masturbation that she was to embarrassed to ask her mom about? Or does she have sexual feelings about the same sex that she's not ready to share with her dad and I?

This book hits those topics head on, but is so much more than "This is Pu
Sep 18, 2011 Whitney rated it it was amazing
I'll admit, I read this book a) because there are humping cows in the front and b) because I share the author's last name (no relation... that I know of...)

I highly recommend this book for the middle school/early high school ages because it is filled with great information but also keeps things light-hearted so the reader doesn't get bogged down in details. I appreciate that Hasler doesn't make any one thing "normal" and the rest "strange," she really just tells everything like it is and doesn'
Jan 20, 2013 Marlena rated it liked it
This book came across my desk for review. I found the humor refreshing and I really appreciate the candid nature of the discussions. Also this book is far more expansive in the scope of material covered. However, I feel a lot of the dialog was added for shock value ( cover too). And I have big reservations about giving this book to teens when jokes trump source citation/credibility within the book. I'm uncomfortable with this book being written for teens about medical issues by someone who isn't ...more
Sep 18, 2013 Katherine rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This book is informative and humorous.
As a Public Librarian I found it excellent as far as the illustrations and the readability for teens goes.
As a conservative, I thought it was too 'informative'.
If you are looking for a book to read with your child about puberty this is NOT for you.
This book goes into depth about topics such as 'foreplay', 'masturbation', and numerous sexual positions and toys...I blushed just glancing through it.
Do I think the teens in my library will read it? YES
Will I r
Jun 08, 2015 Misery rated it liked it
My son is 17 and I bought this book for him just to be sure he is prepared and knowledgeable about sex. We had the talk years ago but this book has tons of great reviews on Amazon so I got it figuring he could read it just in case he has any questions he is too embarrassed to ask me or any other adult. This book is full of useful, factual and important info regarding sex, protection, reproduction, diseases, etc. but it is in my opinion intended for someone much younger than 17. This would have ...more
Aug 16, 2010 Abby rated it it was amazing
Also read for work. A funny, informative & non-preachy guide to sexuality and sexual health for teens of all ages and sexual orientations. Short but chock-full of great information delivered in a humorous, non-judgmental voice that teens will appreciate. The best sex guide for teens I've seen since good ole Changing Bodies, Changing Lives (which in my mind is still the gold standard, but sadly hasn't been updated since 1998). If I was a parent, I would make sure my kids got a copy of this ...more
Apr 04, 2016 Brigid rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: HS and older, parents
Just put a copy of this book on your coffee table and see what your teens do about it:) Mine picked it up and started reading it immediately--he and his dad shared some wonder and laughs. The matter-of-fact method, along with some humor, definitely appeals to teens who think they know it all, but really do want to know more (without asking the parents, natch). Sure, some of the discussions might make you or your kid uncomfortable, but better that now than when you're at the doctor for an ...more
Apr 13, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it
Well, that was awkward....and super informative. A crash course on sex for teens that covers virtually every sex-related topic under the sun in a forthright manner and injected (no pun intended) with humor. I kind of wish this book existed when I was a teen, but I'd have been mortified to check it out of the library given its cover art. If you're a teen, a parent, or someone who works with teens in any capacity, you should set your reservations aside and give this book a look.
This is a delightful little book which I think teens (especially of the junior high/early high school age) will love. Although sometimes the humor is a bit cheesy, this book is down-to-earth, has amusing illustrations (the humping cows on the cover being a case in point) and provides necessary information and cautions without scaring the crap out of the reader or making them feel guilty. Now that I'm done with it, I'm thinking of giving this book to one of my relevant-age nephews.
Oct 01, 2011 Kristen rated it really liked it
This book is exactly what the title suggests: a book about sex for teens. It is straightforward, interesting, and I think most teens would adore it. What I liked the most was that the author doesn't pass any judgement--she just gives the facts. She talks about everything--from abstinence to much more hardcore stuff and does it in a funny, informative way. I also liked that at the end of each chapter she included questions from teens about sex. I think this is a
Oct 14, 2011 Somer rated it really liked it
This book is an extremely frank book about sex that will leave teens fully informed about a wide range of topics. I am one that believes this is a good thing. However, if a parent asks me, I would suggest reading it themselves and be open to discussion. I would not hesitate to recommend it for anyone wanting an honest, no-holds-barred sex ed book. The only reason I gave it 4 stars rather than 5 is that some of the jokes were corny.
Nov 25, 2015 Beverly rated it it was ok
Short read, this book tried way too hard to be funny. I suppose it's informative for teens who haven't gotten their information from somewhere else or it's not a reputable source, but I'm not sure how many teens are going to feel comfortable taking it out of their library. I didn't, even for the purposes of my assignment, and I'm 28.
Jan 22, 2012 Joanne rated it it was amazing
Well done, comprehensive book telling teens everything they should know about sex. The book stresses safe sex and birth control and is written in terms that kids will understand. The author also uses humor to lighten the mood. I'd recommend it for any teen looking for more information.
Jun 27, 2012 Christi rated it really liked it
A little more graphic than I'm comfortable with LOL but this is a very funny and informative guide that teens will love and yes, learn something from. What that something is, remains to be seen LOL
Dec 21, 2010 Josh rated it really liked it
Funny yet informative, this book teaches you many things, such as how to put on a condom. This book was interesting, though it may not be for everyone. I'd say give it a chance and pick it up.
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