This was a tough novel to read. I know the statistics: many kids Jessica's age are sexually active and use sex to garner attention. But I have two teens at home about the age of the main character and it almost makes me squirm to think of either of them entering into a physical relationship. Girls look for more than just release, and I think this book does a good job showing readers that attention is not truly what Jessica needs. There is a nice, neat ending I am happy to report. I think that younger readers need Jessica to recognize the error of her ways. They do not need this to be a heavy handed book where Jessica gets pregnant or has to have an abortion or gets an STD. It avoids some of the pitfalls that a book that tackles this subject could easily fall prey to.
I am curious to see what my teens think of this one.