Wednesday, August 17, 2005

And There Are Also Racy Juvenile Literature for Boys (In Case You Thought it was Just For Preteen Girls)

I found this book by linking over from other Juv Lit books with racy content, on Amazon.

Notice Amazon’s SIPs for Doing It by Melvin Burgess:
shagging her
your knob
magic helpers
her bum
doing sex
fancy her

Quote from the Editorial review from Amazon written by Patty Campbell:
Melvin Burgess, author of Smack, has written what is potentially the most controversial young adult novel ever. Doing It is an honest and funny book about three teenage British boys learning about themselves and life through their sexual experiences. But here's the catch: the story is told from the point of view of the hormone-sodden young males, naughty bits and all.

Quote from the author about why he wrote the book:
"I wrote Doing It because I do believe that we have let young men down very badly in terms of the kinds of books written for them. This book is my go at trying to bring young male sexual culture into writing."

Quote from the reviewer with interesting speculation about what adults will think of this book:
Wisely, the publisher has kept the British slang terms for sexual acts and body parts, rather than using the American four-letter words, a factor that will make the book less of a hot potato for librarians and teachers, but not diminish the reading pleasure for the inevitable hordes of young male readers.

Wow, that is pretty insulting. Sex talk is sex talk, whether it is British slang or American slang, isn't it?

Amazon’s review states this is for grade 10 and up.

Here is a non-favorable review of the book as published in:
The Guardian online newspaper
Book Review section
by Sandra Smith
Published on April 22, 2003

A quote from the review which I liked:
Alternatively, you could agree with the children's laureate, Anne Fine, who argued in the Guardian that the book should be withdrawn before its publication next month, calling it "vile" and "disgusting". For good measure, repeat Fine's declamation, quoted in the Sunday Times, that "this book has no more place in any children's list than Playboy or Hustler".

Note the cover illustration as well. I wonder what young children will think of the illustration if they see this in a public library or book store in the children’s section? What was the publisher thinking?

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