A teen who's never even been kissed becomes her school's unofficial sex expert in Olivia Hinebaugh's fun, voice-y contemporary YA romance debut.
Seventeen-year-old Lacey Burke feels like 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. Meanwhile, things with Theo have become complicated, and soon Lacey is not just keeping everyone else’s secrets, but her own as well.
About the Author
When Olivia Hinebaugh isn’t writing fiction, she can be found writing freelance, making art, discovering new songs on Spotify, texting her writing buddies, or folding laundry. She lives near Washington, D.C. with her spouse, three kids, a dog that looks like a coyote, and a one-eyed cat. The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me is her debut novel.
"The Birds the Bees and You and Me is sweetness and sex ed - a book about the importance of teens standing up for their right and need for real education about sex and consent wrapped in an adorable, and yes, sexy, romantic package." — Lev A.C. Rosen, author of Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)
"Bold, vibrant, and unafraid to go there. The Birds, The Bees, And You And Me is the sex-positive book every teen needs on their radar. A debut that manages to inform without ever preaching and entertain to the very last page." — Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts and Last Girl Lied To
"Hinebaugh puts a fresh spin on the coming-of-age story, authentically portraying the messiness—and beauty—that comes with new awakenings." — Christina June, author of It Started with Goodbye and Everywhere You Want to Be
"I've been waiting for a long time for a YA like this! Olivia Hinebaugh's debut is bold, bright, and refreshingly sex positive, with an authentic voice that wouldn't let me go. This is the book I needed at sixteen." — Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of Our Year Of Maybe and You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone
"An inclusive, sex-positive romance with plenty of moxie." —Booklist
"A dense and ambitious debut novel, covering a myriad of subjects from the ethics of sex ed to a girl's first sexual encounter.... it covers important topics in a thoughtful, respectful and knowledgeable manner." —NPR
"A compelling story about sex, love, and friendship." —Kirkus Reviews Online