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Whenever I hear someone talking about how it’s wrong to have sex and sexiness in YA novels, what I actually hear is this:
I’m terrified that the first fictional sex a teenage girl encounters might leave her feeling good about herself. I’m terrified that fictional sex might actually make teenage girls think sex can be fun and good, that reading about girls who say no and boys who listen when they say it might give them the confidence to say no, too – or worse still, to realise that boys who don’t listen to ‘no’ aren’t worth it. I’m terrified that YA novels might teach teenage girls the distinction between assault and consensual sex, and give them the courage to speak out about the former while actively seeking the latter. I’m terrified that teenage girls might think seriously about the circumstances under which they might say yes to sex; that they might think about contraception before they need it, and touch themselves in bed at night while fantasising about generous, interesting, beautiful lovers who treat them with consideration and respect. I’m terrified of a generation of teenage girls who aren’t shy or squeamish about asking for cunnilingus when they want it, or about loving more than one person at once, and who don’t feel shame about their arousal. I’m terrified that teenage girls might take control of their sexuality and, in so doing, take that control of them and their bodies away from me.
Here’s a rough mock-up of what the HONY book cover is going to look like. The actual HONY book will be a little bigger, and the jacket will come all the way to the edges, but you get the idea. I personally think it looks amazing. Actually teared up a bit when they gave it to me. It felt like I was holding a few years of my life in my hand.
The book is coming out in 6 months, on October 15th. But do me a favor— if you KNOW you’ll be getting one, and can spare $20, go ahead and preorder now. Bookstores order a long time in advance, so if we can demonstrate solid demand in these first few days, it will go a long way in determining the final success of the book.
Historically, nationwide booksellers have been a bit skeptical of both photography and city-centric books. I know HONY is different. You know HONY is different. But it would help a ton if we could SHOW that HONY is different by turning in great presale numbers. All the work I’ve seen so far is really exciting, and I promise that I’m working overtime to make sure it’s the best $20 that you’ll ever spend. As always, thanks so much for your support, and here it is:
Hardcover (I absolutely insisted.)
300+ beautifully designed pages.
400 total images. (320 of my favorites, 80 new)
Complete with stories and captions
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