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Doing It by Melvin Burgess

Doing It (original 2003; edition 2012)

by Melvin Burgess

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Title:Doing It
Authors:Melvin Burgess
Info:Square Fish (2012), Paperback, 352 pages
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Doing It by Melvin Burgess (2003)



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One word Hilarious! I don't admit that i like the message the book sends but i did laugh out loud quite a few times. The style was different in every chapter and the themes were so different. It was 4/3? stories happening at once loved it. A very funny read also dealing with teacher and student relationships and insecurities. ( )
  SnowBookHollow | Apr 13, 2016 |
This book is not for everyone. It follows the story of three boys during their sexual peak so sometimes the book gets down right dirty. Personally I found it hilarious, because generally speaking, the thoughts of these boys are true to form.

Though set in England, this book really does capture the curiosity and uncertainty about taking the leap into the sexual arena. Some criticize the book for not including consequences for their actions (like pregnancy, etc), but that's not the point. The point is to give teens an opportunity to better understand their own feelings by vicariously experiencing what the character experience. It accomplishes the goal. ( )
  jennk | Mar 11, 2016 |
Follows the sexcapades of three horny teens: Dino, Ben and Jonathan. Dino, the best-looking guy in school finally lands Jackie, the prettiest girl in school. But despite their fooling around, she won't go all the way. So Dino does Zoe while he waits for Jackie to come around. Ben was seduced by a 20-something teacher and has been trapped in this relationship for 3 years; now he years for a girl his age. Jonathan has started to date overweight Deborah, a girl who's the butt of his buddies' jokes but whom he likes a lot. Lots of graphic sex scenes and language. Just because they're getting some doesn't mean it's all happiness and light.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
The book opens with a fairly honest conversation about how some teenage males might talk about sex, which might initially be very appealing for teen readers. However, I think the slightly odd style of writing and slightly outdated slang might make the book less appealing for modern teens, , which is why I would give the writing at 2Q and a 2P. The book had a slightly ironic feel to it. How two popular, attractive students are drawn together to "do it." Lust becomes a real and powerful force, which intoxicates the teens in the book and is a very powerful force. That feels real to the teen experience, but I still am not sure if teens would pick this up and want to read it.
  superlibrarian88 | Jun 8, 2014 |
Opinion: A lower rating and popularity makes sense given the subject matter (plus considering the audience and storyline doesn't help.
Review: Honestly, it was ok but I was so stressed with just finishing it I didn't actually pay attention enough to warrant an in depth review.
  kacieg | Apr 21, 2014 |
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"Ok," said Jonathon.
"Shagging Miss had always been scary, but lately there were worries beginning to creep in. It wasn't just the question of where it was all going. It seemed ungrateful, but he was missing girls his own age. He sometimes felt jealous of Dino's problems with Jackie; it all seemed so sweet and innocent and sexy." p. 58
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0805080791, Paperback)

Melvin Burgess, author of Smack, has written what is potentially the most controversial young adult novel ever. Doing It is an honest and funny book about three teenage British boys learning about themselves and life through their sexual experiences. But here's the catch: the story is told from the point of view of the hormone-sodden young males, naughty bits and all.

Gorgeous Dino thinks that equally gorgeous Allie should realize that they belong together and is puzzled and frustrated when their passionate lovemaking always ends with her refusing him. Jonathan fancies sensible, sexy Deborah but can't admit it to his friends, even after several steamy grope sessions, because she is…well…plump. And Ben is living every teenage boy's dream, an affair with a lusty teacher--but somehow it's getting to be too much of a good thing.

Nearly all YA novels about love and sexuality are told by and for girls, like Judy Blume's groundbreaking classic, Forever. The contrast here is striking--as Burgess said in an interview, "I wrote Doing It because I do believe that we have let young men down very badly in terms of the kinds of books written for them. This book is my go at trying to bring young male sexual culture into writing." The result is surprising but educational for female readers. Wisely, the publisher has kept the British slang terms for sexual acts and body parts, rather than using the American four-letter words, a factor that will make the book less of a hot potato for librarians and teachers, but not diminish the reading pleasure for the inevitable hordes of young male readers. (Ages 14 and older) --Patty Campbell

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"...an honest and funny book about three teenage British boys learning about themselves and life through their sexual experiences. But here's the catch: the story is told from the point of view of the hormone-sodden young males, naughty bits and all"--Amazon.com.… (more)

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