The V-Word: True Stories About First-Time Sex


Amber Keyser, editor

First-time sex is a big unknown. Will it be candlelight and rose petals or quick and uncomfortable? Is it about love or about lust? You have plenty of people telling you what to do, but do you have anyone telling you what sex is really like?

The V-Word pulls back the sheets on sex. Queer and straight. Relished and regretted. Funny and exhilarating. The seventeen women in this book (including Christa Desir, Justina Ireland, Sara Ryan, Carrie Mesrobian, Erica Lorraine Scheidt, and Jamia Wilson) write about first-time sex—hot, meaningful, cringe-worthy, gross, forgettable, magnificent, empowering, and transformative.

Whether you’re diving in or whether you’re waiting, we hope these stories will help you chart your own course. 

SimonPulse/Beyond Words, 2016

“Frank, encouraging, and explicit, these stories never cut away from the physical or emotional realities of sex, and the collection is stronger and more valuable for it.” – Publisher’s Weekly STARRED REVIEW

Selected by the New York Public Library as one of
50 Best Books of the Year for Teens in 2016.

Selected by the Chicago Public Library as one of
six books on the Best Teen Nonfiction of 2016 list.

Selected by the American Library Association
for the 2017 Rainbow List 

Selected by YALSA for the
2017 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers List

Selected for the 2017 Amelia Bloomer List
of recommended feminist literature

Selected by The Horn Book as a Love Story for Pride50 Crucial Feminist YA Books

Selected by Barnes & Noble as one of 50 Crucial Feminist YA Books

© Sara Latta 2019