Monday, October 14, 2013

Wake Up Little Susie Hits #1

On this day in 1957, Wake Up Little Susie hit number 1, the first #1 hit for the Everly Brothers.

If you're unfamiliar, the song is about a couple who fall asleep watching a movie, knowing they're in huge trouble because everyone will assume they were doing something else. So, today, we look at books about doing something else.


Forever . . . by Judy Blume. When Katherine and Michael meet, they know they're in love. Seniors in high school, everything's changing, but they know they'll be together forever. This is a modern classic about a high school couple deciding which steps to take next in their relationship.

Ready or Not by Meg Cabot. In the sequel to All-American Girl, Sam's boyfriend (who happens to be the president's son) has invited her to spend Thanksgiving with them at Camp David. Because of this and some other things, she's pretty sure he wants to have sex, but Sam's not sure she's ready. Complicating matters are (1) the president's new policies on family values (2) the fact she may have just announced all of this on national TV.

Doing It by Melvin Burgess. 3 best friends are in a quest to get laid. While it's raunchy and hilarious, it's also rather deep as the each boy has very different circumstances and emotional reactions to the women in their lives.


Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle. Wren and Charlie have just graduated from high school and are realizing some uncomfortable truths about who they have been, who they are, and who they want to be. This is the place they're in when they find each other and they must navigate themselves as well as their new love.

Graceling by Karen Cashore. Katsa is a Graceling. Other Gracelings have uncanny abilities in things like dancing or swimming. Katsa's is killing and is used as a thug for an evil king. To deal with her guilt, she starts a council to right the wrongs in the kingdom. The adventure picks up when they discover an international plot and Katsa heads off to save a princess and a kingdom. I'm including this because what I thought was going to be a minor romantic subplot went there. I was pleasantly surprised, as Cashore (and Katsa and Po) handled it very well.

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey. High school is hard enough, but when a (very hot) foreign exchange student shows up claiming that you're a vampire princess and he's your fiance? And that you need to assume the throne soon to end a vampire war? Well, Jessica's life just got that much more difficult. I can't remember if Jessica and Lucius actually have sex in this book (if they do, it's very off-page) but Frantaskey's vampire lore is tied with sex and sexual awakening for an intriguing twist.


Sex: A Book for Teens: An Uncensored Guide to Your Body, Sex, and Safety by Nikol Hasler. This is a no holds barred and hilarious look at the realities of sex and teenagers from the host of the Midwest Sex Show.

Before I Die by Jenny Downham. We're all going to die, but for Tessa Scott, it's going to happen sooner rather than later. She has cancer and has only a few months left. Before she dies, she has a list of the things she wants to accomplish. Travel. Fame. Love. And because she'll never see her seventeenth birthday, Sex. Drugs. A little law-breaking. A day where she has to says "yes" to everything. A day of living before her body fails her for good.

Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan. When Blake's friend Marissa sees his photography homework, she's stunned. The passed out junkie is her mother. Marissa needs her friend Blake to help her find her mom. Blake wants to be a good friend, but he also has obligations to his actual girlfriend. The sex in this book causes massive complications in Blake's relationships, but I love how his parents and brother talk (and don't talk) about sex. It shows a wonderful and healthy way to be supportive and understanding while still being realistic.

What books would you add? Also, this list is sadly hetero-normative. Any great ones with LGBTQ sex?

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1 comment:

  1. Glad to see Katsa and Po here--I was super-impressed with Cashore's handling of their relationship, physical and otherwise, in Graceling. I'd recommend Nancy Garden's Annie On My Mind for LGBTQ sex. Laura Goode's far more recent Sister Mischief includes repeated lesbian trysts in a treehouse which would have had me swooning all over if I read it when I was a teen. :) But I recommend Annie On My Mind because it really addresses the questions & communication issues leading up to a first time, especially a first time when you're not quite sure what to DO with your body. I think it's very well handled about any first time, queer or not.


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