Being A Boy is the ultimate guide to puberty, sex and relationships for teenage boys. Basically its The Imbetweeners guide to growing up. Its frank, funny and informative.
Why is that YA author bloke doing it?
Before I wrote HOLLOW PIKE, I was a teacher and I specialised in PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education). Over almost a decade I taught an awful lot of Sex Ed.
Why did you want to write Being A Boy?
I knew from my teaching career that there is NOTHING quite like Being A Boy on the market. Sure, there are plenty of textbooks about puberty, but few tackle boys worries and they rarely have a sense of humour. Whats more, they are aimed at children and, I believe, dont give the full story.
Whats covered in Being A Boy?
The book is broken into three sections. Puberty deals with the physical and psychological changes boys face at puberty and surviving high school; Sex deals with how to do sex, how babies are made and sexually transmitted infections; Relationships looks at how young men can find partners and have successful relationships. I also answer real questions from teens and provide a handy glossary.
Is it just for boys?
No! Obviously boys will benefit the most, but I think girls can learn a lot from seeing what issues boys face too. Its my hope that parents and carers will read Being A Boy before giving it to their kids too that way, you’re all on the same page and also have a better understanding of what a modern teenage boy has to endure.
Is it just for heterosexual boys?
Absolutely not. Gay, bi or straight, all young men are going through the same things puberty, first love, heartbreaks and virginity loss! It makes no difference what a guys sexual orientation is. Unlike any other sex ed book, gay and lesbian sex is covered because, you know, some people are gay. Although some sections on biology may be different, the book is totally relevant for young trans guys too.
Is it explicit?
Its as explicit as teenage boys are. I felt it was my responsibility to answer every question young men may have to stop them having to google terms or seek out pornography for answers. If I dont address these things, the internet will.
Is pornography covered?
Yes. Its there whether you like it or not and it has to be addressed. Being A Boy sets out the difference between porn and sex ed. I break down whats real, whats fun, whats fake and whats damaging. I also discuss sexting and legal matters surrounding young people and sex.
Is it funny?
I hope so! If you cant laugh at a willy what can you laugh at? Getting a twelve year old guy to read anything can often be challenging so I sugared the pill with laughs while the talented Spike Gerrell provides the awesome and hilarious illustrations.
Do you do school visits/events?
Damn straight. Im always available for sessions. Unless at a boys school I prefer to do mixed sessions I think dividing Sex Ed into single sex groups is archaic. My events work like a Worry Clinic I answer anonymous questions in a totally suitable way. We always establish ground rules and agreed vocabulary. If youre interested, hit me up.