The V-Word: True Stories about First-Time Sex

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Amber J. Keyser
Simon and Schuster, Feb 2, 2016 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 208 pages
An honest and poignant collection of essays by women about losing their virginity in their teens. The V-Word captures the complexity of this important life-decision and reflects diverse real-world experiences. Includes helpful resources for parents and teens.

Losing it. Popping your cherry. Handing in your V-card.

First time sex is a big unknown. Will it be candlelight and rose petals or quick and uncomfortable? Is it about love or about lust? Deciding to have sex for the first time is a choice that’s often fraught with anxiety and joy. But do you have anyone telling you what sex is really like?

In The V-Word seventeen writers (including Christa Desir, Justina Ireland, Sara Ryan, Carrie Mesrobian, Erica Lorraine Scheidt, and Jamia Wilson) pull back the sheets and tell all, covering everything from straight sex to queer sex, diving-in versus waiting, and even the exhilaration and disappointment that blankets it all. Some of their experiences happened too soon, some at just the right time, but all paint a broad picture of what first-time sex is really like.

Funny, hot, meaningful, cringe-worthy, gross, forgettable, magnificent, empowering, and transformative, the stories in The V-Word are never preachy, but provide a map for teens to chart their own course through the steamy waters of sex. With The V-Word girls can finally take control, learn what’s on the horizon, and eliminate the fear and mystery surrounding this important milestone.
 

Contents

Preface
1
Wanting Everything by Amber J Keyser
5
What Counts by Carrie Mesrobian
10
Sharing My Anatomy by Sidney JoaquinVetromile
17
The First Rule of College by Kiersi Burkhart
26
Its a Nice Day for a White Wedding by Karen Jensen
33
Would Have a Heart by Christa Desir
38
The Lion Poet by Laurel Isaac
47
Ear Muffs for Muff Diving by Chelsey Clammer
93
It Would Not Be an Overstatement to Say I Knew Nothing by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
98
How to Make a Braid by Kate Gray
107
Me Some Random Guy and the Army
114
My Name Is Jamia by Jamia Wilson
124
Its All in the Choosing by Kelly Jensen
134
Its Your Sex LifeTake Charge of It
143
The Power of Story
164

Who Needs a Map? by Sarah Mirk
57
Power in the Blood by Molly Bloom
66
Openly Bisexual by Sara Ryan
71
Iterum Vivere to Live Anew by Alex Meeks
86
Resources
179
Notes
186
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Amber J. Keyser believes in the power of sharing our experiences. She’s the author of the young adult novel The Way Back from Broken (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015) and numerous nonfiction titles. Connect with her online at AmberJKeyser.com.