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Doing It

Melvin Burgess

Square Fish

The award-winning author Melvin Burgess’s ribald and insightful account of contemporary teenage life chronicles the ups and downs of doing it. The controversial book on which the cult favorite ABC television series Life As We Know It (now available on DVD) was based, Doing It introduces us to Dino, Jon, and Ben, three teenage best friends who can’t stop thinking about, and talking about (and hoping to experience) sex.

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Doing It
1EITHER OR"OK," said Jonathon. "The choice is this. You either have to shag Jenny Gibson--or else that homeless woman who begs spare change outside Cramner's bakers."Dino and Ben recoiled in disgust. Jenny was known as the ugliest girl in the school but the beggar woman was filthy. Her teeth!"You are so gross," said Ben disgustedly.Jonathon acknowledged the compliment smugly and nodded. He was the King of this."At least they're both female," said Dino."I'd take the homeless," said Ben, after a moment's thought. "She wouldn't be so bad once you'd cleaned her up."Jonathon shook his h
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Praise for Doing It

“What’s invaluable is the sneak peek we get into how guys’ self-obsessed minds work. (And thankfully—beneath the smut—they actually do have feelings.)”—Seventeen
 
“The funniest young adult book I’ve read in a long time. Fresh, honest, and totally hilarious.”—Alloy.com

“As a card-carrying boy, I appreciate the male P.O.V. of this novel, so kudos to Burgess for exploring a sensitive subject in an honest way.”—Elle Girl

"Fun, peppy and unusually frank . . . Readers of both sexes whose hormones have just begun to simmer will welcome a book that so accurately mirrors their new worldview."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

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DOING IT by Melvin Burgess | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of DOING IT . A trio of British teens fantasize, agonize, masturbate, grope, kiss, feel up, and shag their way through one seemingly endless school year in which traditional teen-novel concerns are entirely thrown over for sex.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Melvin Burgess

  • Melvin Burgess is the author of many novels for young adult and middle-grade readers. Among them are Nicholas Dane, The Ghost Behind the Wall (Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year), and Smack (winner of Britain’s Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Prize for Fiction, as well as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults). In 2001, he wrote the novelization of the film, Billy Elliot. Mr. Burgess lives in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, in England.
  • Melvin Burgess
    Melvin Burgess
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Doing It

Melvin Burgess

NYPL Books for the Teen Age
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