The Most Dangerous Thing

The Most Dangerous Thing

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Orca Book Publishers
In this novel for teens, Sydney grapples with depression, social anxiety and her growing desire for a physical relationship with her boyfriend.
Sixteen-year-old Sydney hates to talk (or even think) about sex. She's also fighting a secret battle against depression, and she's sure she'll never have a boyfriend. When her classmate Paul starts texting and sending her nature photos, she is caught off guard by his interest. Always uncomfortable with any talk about sex, Sydney is shocked when her extroverted sister, Abby, announces that she is going to put on The Vagina Monologues at school. Despite her discomfort, Sydney starts to reexamine her relationship with her body, and with Paul. But her depression worsens, and with the help of her friends, her family, a therapist and some medication, she grapples with what she calls the most dangerous thing about sex: female desire.

Publisher: Victoria, British Columbia : Orca Book Publishers, 2017.
ISBN: 9781459811843
Characteristics: 225 pages ; 21 cm


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Dec 21, 2017

Fair warning, this book contains a lot of content that may make people uncomfortable, such as issues with depression and the protagonist's struggle with it. To her, she describes it as a heavy darkness that takes over her being and brings sorrow, which I feel could give readers mixed messages. But with this, she is just swimming along and trying to identify the feelings she has. I would advise readers to be at least 15 and comfortable with reading about mental health, or maybe not so aware of it but then become aware of what people go through after reading it. It took a bit for me to get into, but it really is beautifully written.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library


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