Respect

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 24 Sep 2019

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I really enjoyed a great many things about this book. Characters were fleshed out and the plot was well spaced. Some of the secondary storylines could've used a bit more page space but all in all an enjoyable read!
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My husband and I both read this book and then agreed that this might be one of the most important books we could have our two teenage sons read.  It is the book I wish every male I encountered from middle school to right this minute would have read.  The conversations we have been having with our sons about this book give me tremendous hope that they will have the context, language, insight and maturity to be part of the change that is needed.
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The premise of this book sounded promising. It would be good to have reading material covering consent aimed at young men and seemed of timely topic, but the execution of this novel did not hit the mark or even seem to be in the same arena. I was appalled to see the author refer to vaginas as "pussies". The graphic detail given to sex and sexuality was not in keeping with the mature handling of the topics for young adult readers, especially coming from a "knowledgeable adult" who would be expected to have professionalism and his intended audience in mind.
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There are many things I do not appreciate about this book and I was very intrigued when I first saw it was available. The use of the p-word by a male was disgusting and I feel like the book needed a female author to cowrite it to truly teach respect.
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I appreciate the thought and necessity behind this book, as many young boys need to learn about sexual health, rape, and consent but I don't think this book is completely successful.  The book was a jumbled mess.  There were many instances where the author would use certain terms in the beginning of the book, only to actually introduce and define those terms later in the book.  The author would talk about rape and consent, and then in later chapters would actually discuss sex and what sex is like (I say chapters because the author would constantly refer back to topics that have already been covered).  It felt as if the author had written a series of standalone essays that were then just compiled to create the book without looking to see if the order would actually work.  I don't think I could recommend this book 

Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
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My husband and I tried to read this book but honestly the voice the author was using was either talking down men to the point they do not understand basic human communications or turn women into villains.

I am not sure what the author was going for but it lack anything that would help men or women in the new age of #metoo
Thank you to netgalley for the advance review.
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