Book List


Episode 1: Girl Talk
The Truth About Alice by Jen Mathieu
Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass
How To Love by Katie Cotugno
Beautiful by Amy Reed
Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski
Wildlife by Fiona Wood

Episode 2: First Times
The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry
“Green Screen” by Andrew Smith, in Losing It, Keith Gray, ed.
“Sticky Fingers” by A.S. King in Losing It, Keith Gray, ed.
About A Girl by Sarah McCarry
Under The Wolf, Under The Dog by Adam Rapp
Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Freefall and Live Through This by Mindi Scott

Episode 3: Girl Fantasies & 50 Shades of Grey
Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Episode 4: The LadyHead Seal of Approval
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Don’t Let Me Go by JH Trumble
The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Starglass by Phoebe North
The Program by Suzanne Young
Kiss It by Erin Downing
About a Girl by Sarah McCarry

Episode 5: Kissing
Infandous by Elana K. Arnold
Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy Spalding
Anna & The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Gabi, A Girl In Pieces by Isabel Quintero Flores

Episode 6: The Greatest Love of All
Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Push by Sapphire
Cunt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Muscio
Woman: An Intimate Geography by Natalie Angier
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky
The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith
Forget You by Jennifer Echols
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia
Deenie by Judy Blume
Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume
Wildlife by Fiona Wood
Guyaholic by Carolyn Mackler
The F-It List by Julie Halpern
The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
Hello, Groin by Beth Goobie
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth

Episode 7:  Writing Sex –  A YA Fiction Craft Talk
Breathless by Jessica Warman
The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

Episode 8: Cheating
99 Days by Katie Cotugno
Tyrell by Coe Booth
Pointe by Brandy Colbert
Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman
The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
Breathless by Jessica Warman

Episode 9: Body Image
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell
Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero Flores
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Episode 10: Illicit Relationships
Consent by Nancy Ohlin
Girl by Blake Nelson
How We Fall by Kate Brauning
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
Still Waters by Ash Parsons

Episode 11: Our Sexual Education
Full Exposure: Opening Up to Sexual Creativity & Erotic Expression by Susie Bright
Woman: An Intimate Geography by Natalie Angier
Outrageous Acts & Everyday Rebellions by Gloria Steinem
Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex by Judith Levine
The Best American Erotica series edited by various
Cunt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Muscio
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
The Story of O. by Pauline Reage

Episode 12: Worst Dude Ever
Fever Pitch by Heidi Cullinan
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely
Winger by Andrew Smith
September Girls by Bennett Madison
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Episode 13: Sex Without Romance
Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn
The F-It List by Julie Halpern
Boy Heaven by Laura Kasischke
Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman
Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell
“Me, Some Random Guy & the Army of Darkness” by Justina Ireland,  in The V-Word: True Stories about First Time Sex by Amber J. Keyser, editor
September Girls by Bennett Madison
Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

Episode 14: Femininity
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by EK Johnston
See No Color by Shannon Gibney
Dare Me by Megan Abbott
Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler
The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Episode 15: Romance Tropes
Unclaimed by Courtney Milan
Off-Campus by Amy Jo Cousins
Taking Him by Jackie Ashenden
The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne
The Master by Kresley Cole
Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

Episode 16: Clean Reads & Porn
Adam by Ariel Schrag
Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin
Cruddy by Lynda Barry
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Deathday Letter by Shaun Hutchinson

Episode 17: YA Sex Scenes

  • craft talk

Episode 18: Sexual Content in YA Literature
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun Hutchinson

Episode 19: Dating
Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe by Benjamin Saenz Alire
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Freefall by Mindi Scott
The Female of the Species by Mindi McGinnis
Dreamland, by Sarah Dessen
Stay by Deb Caletti

Episode 20: School Dances
Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
Pointe by Brandy Colbert
Freefall by Mindi Scott
Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian
Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
What We Left Behind by Robin Talley
Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman
Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein
The Last Boy & Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian

Episode 21: YA or Literary Fiction?
Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin
Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican
The V-Word: True Stories of First-Time Sex by Amber J. Keyser, editor
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
The Girls by Emma Cline
I Crawl Through It by A.S. King
The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Freefall by Mindi Scott
Love Me Back by Merritt Tierce
Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger
Girls On Fire by Robin Wasserman
One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
Dare Me & The Fever by Megan Abbott
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Other Broken Things by Christa Desir
Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins




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~~Christa & Carrie

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