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The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me Olivia Hinebaugh


Lacey is the school's unofficial sex expert...who has never been kissed. At least, not yet!

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Seventeen-year-old Lacey Burke is the last person on the planet who should be doling out sex advice. For starters, she’s never even kissed anyone, and she hates breaking the rules. Up until now, she's been a straight-A music geek that no one even notices. All she cares about is jamming out with her best friends, Theo and Evita.

But then everything changes.

When Lacey sees first-hand how much damage the abstinence-only sex-ed curriculum of her school can do, she decides to take a stand and starts doling out wisdom and contraception to anyone who seeks her out in the girls' restroom. But things with Theo become complicated quickly, and Lacey is soon not just keeping everyone else’s secrets, but hers as well.


“I’m gonna walk Theo out,” I say. “I promise I love my body and all of its life-giving functionality,” I assure her. I grab Theo’s hand and pull him up the stairs to the foyer before my mom can say something else.

Outside it’s warm and muggy. “I can practically feel my cello going out of tune,” Theo says as he puts it in his trunk.

“Where are you headed?” I ask him. Since his older sister went away to college, Theo avoids being home as much as possible. He doesn’t really talk about it, but Evita and I know.

“I guess I’ll try to catch up with Evita.”

“You want company?” I ask him.

“Nah. Seriously. You guys were having a Norman Rockwell moment in there before I opened my mouth.”

“You should stay. We can just hang out in my room. I have something…” but I shake my head. I should wait for his birthday.

“Nah. I gotta catch Evita at some point anyway. Unless you’ll miss me too much,” he says wryly.

“Nah. Have fun. I’m tired. Waking up for school is kicking my ass.”

He nods. “Alright. Goodnight, Lacey.” He hugs me. “Please don’t wear turtlenecks. I don’t want to be embarrassed to be seen with you,” he jokes.

“Sexist pig,” I joke.

“Is it sexist to tell you, you smell good?”

I laugh at this, because he’s always asking Evita and me about what shampoo we use, because he wishes his hair smelled good. “No. But it’s weird.”

“Okay. See you later.” He folds himself into the driver’s seat of his dad’s old muscle car. I watch him drive off. Theo knows something’s bothering me, and I start to wonder if something’s bothering him and I just haven’t been paying attention. There’s like this background noise I haven’t been aware of.


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Hardcover: $17.99
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“Fast-paced, great dialogue, and likeable characters.” —Allison Miller, Swoon Reader

“You created complex characters and relationships, had fun dialogue, and weaved an amazing story…Overall, this was great and all the different parts of the story really worked well.” —Caralin, Swoon Reader

“It was wonderful— and that's all that needs to be said. The characters developed, the plot unfolded, the problems were solved. And it was a story that kept me hooked. In fact, I read it all in one night.” —IsabellaGrace, Swoon Reader

“Such a good read! I loved the concept and the characters!” —Lizzie May, Swoon Reader

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Tester on Sept. 20, 2017, 1:13 p.m. said:



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JessieAnn on Sept. 11, 2017, 7:43 p.m. said:


I was really enjoying it, but I think I was disappointed in some things at the end. For one, I don't think there were serious enough consequences for not telling about Ryann being pregnant. The pre-eclampsia symptoms were severe, and I thought there should have been some negative consequences during the delivery. I mean, eclamptic seizure is the leading cause of maternal death, and she wasn't getting any help managing her blood pressure. Not that she had to die, but the delivery went so smoothly. It didn't feel serious enough after the build up, to have everything go perfectly and just say, well, that COULD have been a disaster.

Also, after how open and enlightened Lacey's mother was, I didn't buy the way she treated Theo after he stayed the night. After all, Lacey is eighteen, and her mother has been acting all along like it is normal and healthy for teenagers to have protected sex. Maybe she would react against her character in real life, but in a book, it seemed unnatural for her character. Sure, she wanted her daughter to tell her, but what she really wanted was to be sure she was being safe, and there was no evidence that she wasn't or listening to her at that point. And kicking Theo out at eight thirty when before she had been fine with sleepovers with him at Evita's seemed out of character. Especially when he had no where else to go.

That said, I thought the writing was good and that it was an interesting, and not too simple, story. Thank you.

Maybe Anna and the French Kiss, which has issues about getting involved with someone who already has a girlfriend, a guy with problems with his father, and interesting characters and dialogue.

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JessieAnn on Sept. 11, 2017, 5:16 p.m. said:


I am enjoying the dialogue and the characters. I like that Lacey has a unique interest in being a doula, and I enjoyed the birth scene. I can see that complicated ideas and themes are already being introduced. But I am not sure that I like how physical Theo is with his female friends, seeing that he has a girlfriend. The close friendship is fine, but the bare-chested hugging and head kissing is a little too much. It makes him less likeable as a character because it feels disrespectful to his girlfriend. I think that the friend relationship between Lacey, Evita, and Theo could be close and chummy without so much physicality at this point in the story.

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Abagail Snow on Sept. 11, 2017, 9:34 a.m. said:

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I think this book was strongest when we were following Lacey's ambitions to become a nurse practitioner. I found it to be informative, and Lacey's passion really made the character come to life. I also thought it had a great built in conflict with her underground practice. I wish that those aspects pushed the story more.

I have to admit, I wasn't a huge fan of Theo. You know how a lot of stories start off with the protagonist crushing on the wrong guy, and you know it's just a matter of time before they snap out of it and move on? I kept on waiting and waiting for this to happen because Theo was so full of excuses. I would honestly cut out the Lily Ann story line, because it doesn't do a single character any favors, and Lacey and Theo's attitude towards her mental illness is really insensitive. It just seems weird that Theo would even start dating Lily Ann if he was already into Lacey.

I actually thought that Theo suffered from depression as well, but nothing really came of it. I think exploring that thread would have made Theo's actions make more sense.

Lacey's underground clinic reminded me of Charlie Bartlett.

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Nae Marx on Sept. 11, 2017, 12:23 a.m. said:

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First things it straight through in one sitting! I loved it. I love how perfectly imperfect the characters are allowed to be. I LOVE how sex positive this was. And while it wasn't at all what I expected (I figured it be along the lines of a fave of mine, Shut out by Kody Keplinger) I was still pleasantly surprised by what the book actually turned out to be. And an extra 10 points to gryffindor for it not being immediately obvious who the love interest is. I don't remember if his name is mentioned in the blurb since I clicked this purely because 1) I loved the title & 2) I want to see what kind of book makes the cut (aspiring swoon-readers here)...but yeah, I guessed right but it wasn't all insta-love-y

I both like and dislike (because he was an a**hole) that theirs no wrap up of what happened with Theo's father. the reader is left to assume that things worked out for the best with Theo and his mother in therapy, which is great but I guess it felt abrupt how things were (resolved in the background?) because it was such a big part of the book throughout AND the book overall is very family-focused (dysfunctions and all).

Overall this book was AWESOME & I definitely get why it was chosen but for me personally, if the author HAD to change anything at all....the final chapter(s) don't read like your average teenage girl. most teenagers don't think (paraphrasing here) "well this first love thing might not work out, etc, etc.", especially when the relationship is so fresh and new. They wouldn't even DREAM of the HEA ending, never mind the thought of losing a BFF like Evita. I'm not saying they all plan their weddings and contemplated the 2.5 kids (I rolled my eyes at my friends when they did that) but i don't know...the ending was the first and ONLY time that i felt like I was reading a YA novel written by an adult instead of being inside an actual teenage girls head. I don't felt like lacey was borderline... nostalgic? melancholy? the word to perfectly describe it alludes me but yeah...that last chapter took away from the swoon-worthiness of first love by tacking on "it's probably not gonna last".

I also want to note that the first major intimate more between Theo and lacey felt more like a PSA on safe-sex than a swoon-worthy moment. I feel like there was enough of that outside of their special moment but that's just me.

Everything else was perfect though!

On the fence by Kasie West; Shut Out by Kody Keplinger (b/c an inexperience teenager is taking all the experienced/experiencing peers under her wing); Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock; ... a few others :-)

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Nae Marx on Sept. 11, 2017, 12:25 a.m. said:

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OnneAnne on Sept. 10, 2017, 11:29 p.m. said:


It was a little slow-paced in the beginning, I wasn't entirely sure after the first three chapters if I wanted to keep reading but I am sooo glad I did because almost immediately after it picked up and just never went back down. It was entrancing and I had a hard time tearing myself away for my day's plans!
The characters are detailed and thought out, I can relate to them and the emotions they're feeling throughout the book. They aren't perfect, they have flaws just as everyone does which makes them 10x more relate-able and easy to love.

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Nae Marx on Sept. 10, 2017, 10:04 a.m. said:

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So far this reads like a very family oriented story (which I love)...and I'm curious to see where the romance comes into play. I went into this expecting something along the lines of Kody Keplinger's "Shut out", where the MC (**Spoiler Alert**) is secretly a virgin while encouraging her female peers to engage in a sex-strike. It's always funny when the person with the least amount of actual experience is the one dishing out advice (I was SO that person in HS). Anyway... so far so good!

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msbrightside on Sept. 10, 2017, 4:16 a.m. said:


I love how open the mom is. It has a very good message so far (overall). And i'm hooked! :)

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