Friday, May 28, 2010

Seximus Maximus

Henry Holt & Co.
ISBN: 9780805080797
336 pages

Everything you never wanted to know about sex and boys--but probably should.

Dino, Jonathon, and Ben has got some problems, mostly with Jackie, Deborah, and Alison.

 Dino's girlfriend Jackie, the most beautiful girl in school, drives him mad with lust, but won't go all the way and relieve Dino of his desperately unwanted virginity.

Jonathon likes Deborah.  She's smart and funny and she makes him feel very sexy, but she's kind of plump and his mates won't let him hear the end of it.

Ben's been seduced by Alison, the pretty young drama teacher as school.  And what seems like a dream come true is actually making him miserable.

Award-winning author Melvin Burgess has written a daringly honest and often hilarious account of contemporary teenage life, and the ups and down that surround "doing it."

Though entertaining, this book is definitely not for everyone.  It follows the story of three boys during their sexual peak so sometimes the book gets down right dirty.  Personally, I found it hilarious because, generally speaking, the thoughts of these boys are true to form.

Set in England, this book really captures the curiosity and uncertainty about taking the leap into the sexual arena.  Throughout, the boys are struggling with a variety of issues, including body image, which, let's face it, when it comes to boys is highly neglected. 

Some criticize the book for not including consequences for their actions (like pregnancies, diseases, etc)*, but that's not the point.  The point is to give male teens an opportunity to better understanding their feelings and fear by vicariously experiencing them with the characters.  The novel certainly accomplishes its goal.

I recommend this book to those who will not be offended by frank sexual speak between teenage boys, though I will agree with the publisher that's it's best for high school age readers .


*To see criticisms and comebacks go here.

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