Review also includes:
4 Boys, 978-1899194605
4 Girls, 978-1899194360
Is Everybody Doing It?, 978-1899194933
Love Stings, 978-1899194711
Seven little booklets produced by the fpa (once the Family Planning Association) cover areas of concern to teenagers (and their parents). Small enough to put in a pocket or bag, and sassy enough to look OK if caught out reading one in public, there are comic strip illustrations and cartoons to lighten the tone while driving home the message. Those covering pregnancy and periods are straightforward and informative, dotted with quotes to reassure the reader that others have trodden the same path. Two useful guides to the body – one for girls, one for boys, but ideally to be read by both – explain changes that occur in puberty, answering questions and dispelling myths. Abortion presents different sides to the argument to help understand the choices when facing an unplanned pregnancy, while Love Stings uses a cartoon ‘whodunnit’ to explain sexually transmitted infections. Is Everybody Doing It? offers sympathetic guidance on contraception with plenty of advice about where to go for confidential help. Addresses and phone numbers on all these booklets make them of real practical use.