This seems to be a popular topic among readers and non-readers alike, so I've decided to post my opinion on sex in YA. I am completely open to it and I always have been. None of the sex scenes I’ve read have been raunchy or distasteful so far, so I don’t see the problem with a few steamy scenes here and there, especially in YA romance. In fact, I usually prefer it. I wouldn't want to read it all the time, but sometimes it's needed.
I feel that very few authors are raw and honest with their readers when it comes to this topic, but I think that sex is one of the most realistic and emotional experiences that the characters can have.
One thing most people seem to brush off is that when you’re a teenager, sex is a large part of your life. It’s the hormones and there’s no denying that it’s on your mind half the time. I know that some parents want to shield their children from it for as long as they can, but if we’re being honest with ourselves, we’re going to realize that nearly half of everyone loses their virginity before the age of 20. Truthfully, kids see a lot worse on TV than they’re going to read in these books.
An author that I would recommend is Kody Keplinger. She writes about sexual tension extremely well and I love her for her sarcastic humor and down-to-earth characters. Her books are some of the most realistic and honest contemporaries I’ve read that revolve around sex. If you want a little more, I’d recommend Francesca Lia Block, because her writing is absolutely beautiful, no matter what is happening in her stories.
How do you feel about sex in YA?