Student Feedback

Students, mostly aged 15, male and female, at The American School in London stated in response to whether they thought that this book should be recommended reading for young people in school:


yes because it is important that we learn these concepts for future events. 11/26/2014 8:28 PM

i do think it is helpful, especially since many of kids my age are beginning to explore sexual activities and engage in intercourse. 11/26/2014 6:37 PM

I’m around the age where people start experimenting or are curious about sexuality and I think it states the risks and everything important that you need to know before taking this step. 11/25/2014 2:57 PM

Most of it was really obvious information that I was taught in primary school.
(Author comment: It is very unlikely that this student was taught about contraception, safer dating and clubbing, The Law and Sex, safer use of social media and several other things in primary school.) 11/25/2014 2:45 PM

It’s descdiptive. 11/25/2014 2:44 PM

I knew quite a bit before reading the book.
(Author comment: From this student’s other comments, it was clear that they did not know everything and found the book useful.) 11/25/2014 2:43 PM

It helps us learn about the mysteries of sex. 11/25/2014 2:42 PM

It is informative and helpful. 11/25/2014 2:42 PM

Yes, however the contraception section is so extensive, it is unnecessary for males to know all of it.
(Author comment: If the young man is heterosexual, yes, it is necessary for him to know all of it because he is relying upon whichever method of contraception his partner uses to prevent pregnancy as well as her.) 11/25/2014 2:41 PM

Because everyone should have this as a basic set of knowledge. 11/25/2014 2:39 PM

Its just helpful. 11/25/2014 2:38 PM

The book tries too hard to make the topic easier to explain but it comes off a very uncomfortable and embarrassing to read.
(Author comment: Sorry you felt this way. I would never mean to make you feel uncomfortable, at all.) 11/25/2014 2:37 PM

It’s very helpful because it gives a lot of facts in a shorter format, and any information that you are confused about you can look up in more detail or at least have more detail than you did before. 11/25/2014 2:37 PM

I think it is useful as part of a Sex Ed curriculum. 11/25/2014 2:37 PM

I feel like it’s good to use it in class, in school, but I myself wouldn’t buy the book in general unless it was suggested or given to me.
(Author comment: I’m glad it was useful in class and your other comment is understandable at your age – 15.) 11/25/2014 1:16 PM

It provides nessary information that they will have to know as they get older. 11/25/2014 12:06 PM

I think it educates and explains a lot, clears up myths and separates fact from fiction. I enjoyed reading it. 11/25/2014 11:04 AM

I think all of this information is vital to everyone because of all the information that it adresses that people may be too scared to find out for themselves. 11/25/2014 11:03 AM

There’s a lot of important information I’m sure no one in this class at least, who read it knew before and there are extremely important things to know as young people begin to explore their sexuality. 11/25/2014 10:59 AM

Its understandable but not condescending. 11/25/2014 10:53 AM

A lot of information is given, easy to follow. 11/25/2014 9:24 AM

It’s a very helpful resource for Health class, because it essentially outlines our sexual education curriculum. 11/25/2014 9:22 AM

This will teach them about the to-dos and not-to-dos of sex, as well as what an impact social media and media, in general, might have on a relationship. 11/25/2014 9:20 AM

It provides a well organized of format that many people my age would want to know 11/25/2014 9:19 AM

It tells us all we need to know. 11/25/2014 9:18 AM

Parts are very useful, however it is very in depth, and I’m not sure that much detail is necessary for someone my age.
(Author comment: Maybe you don’t need it in such depth today, but you may some day, and I know your teacher will be letting you keep your copy of this book at the end of the school year for future reference.) 11/25/2014 9:08 AM

It is a good preliminary book to learn what is going on in your body. 11/25/2014 9:07 AM

Because it helps. 11/24/2014 11:03 AM

I think it teaches a lot about sexuality in a very nice and easy to follow way. 11/24/2014 10:58 AM

I thought that a lot of the information was useful and helpful, and that it could benefit many people of all ages, gender, and sexuality. 11/24/2014 10:44 AM

Very visual, and perhaps too explicit.
(Author comment: Sorry if you found it too explicit. Hopefully you will look back on it in years to come and realise it actually helped you more than you may feel right now.) 11/24/2014 10:42 AM

It is informative. 11/24/2014 10:36 AM

Its very helpful for people my age and easy to understand. 11/24/2014 10:28 AM

Maybe, there is no yes and no. It’s got it’s ups and downs, but I would first recommend talking to a teacher or trusted adult
(Author comment: I would most certainly advise that, too, but not everyone has a trusted adult in their life that they feel comfortable enough to open up to or ask questions of so a book like this is the next best thing for them, sometimes.) 11/24/2014 10:26 AM

Very intense. 11/24/2014 9:10 AM

I think that the book is very cohesive and informative. However, the tone was sometimes a little condescending or childish which people my age might not appreciative, but for the most part it was good.
(Author comment: Sorry you felt that way, but glad it was mostly appreciated.) 11/24/2014 9:08 AM

The display of genitalia in multiple uses and in redundant and unnecessary ways is inappropriate except when used in the context of a scientific model/model for learning purposes only.
(Author comment: Sorry you felt this way. Sometimes, injecting a little humour in to embarrassing situations and material can help the reader feel less threatened by medical terminology and emotional situations.) 11/24/2014 9:08 AM

Because they should all know about safe sex. 11/24/2014 9:07 AM

It talks about losing your virginity and all the stuff that happens with puberty and everything. 11/24/2014 9:05 AM

I believe that this book provides useful information for people my age and will help us as we mature from our teens into our early 20s. 11/24/2014 9:04 AM

This book is a great book for sexual education. It makes you think twice about the risks of having sex and the ways of making it safer. 11/24/2014 9:04 AM

It’s informative and prepares you for life. It gives you information that most of us would not think about. 11/24/2014 9:04 AM

It clearly explains everything we need to know about sex. 11/24/2014 8:57 AM

It sorts fact from fiction in an informative, well done way. 
11/24/2014 8:55 AM

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