6 Young Adult Books That Got Sex Scenes SO Unbelievably Wrong

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Whether or not sex has a place in YA literature is a long-disputed topic that people will likely be debating for many, many years to come. Despite it’s ~controversial~ nature, some young adult books that talk about teen sex — in depth, nonetheless — are simply irreplaceable. Novels like Forever by Judy Blume, or The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth are essential reads for teens struggling to decide how they want to approach the topic of sexuality during their young lives!

But let’s face it — they can’t all be good. In fact, while YA works should be preparing teen readers for the REALITY of first-time sex and just doing the deed in general, some novels only scratch the surface, staying in the realm of fantasy and avoiding the REAL difficulties and awkwardness that that come with having sex. That’s not to say that all of these books are trash — in fact, some of them are so amazing for other reasons! But while we can enjoy getting lost in the pages of these exciting reads, we should be using a critical eye because some of the messages they’re putting forth could wind up being pretty harmful.