It Doesn't Have to Be Awkward: Dealing with Relationships, Consent, and Other Hard-To-Talk-About Stuff -

It Doesn't Have to Be Awkward: Dealing with Relationships, Consent, and Other Hard-To-Talk-About Stuff

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From celebrity M.D. Dr. Drew Pinsky and his daughter Paulina Pinsky comes an entertaining and comprehensive guide to sex, relationships, and consent in today’s #MeToo era. Perfect for teens, parents, and educators to facilitate open and positive conversations around the tricky topic of consent.

When it comes to sex, relationships, and consent, establishing boundaries and figuring out who you are and what you want is never simple—especially as a teenager. What’s the line between a friendship and a romantic partner? How can you learn to trust your body's signals? And what if you’re not quite sure what your sexuality is?

In this book, renowned celebrity M.D. Dr. Drew and his daughter Paulina Pinsky take on those awkward, incredibly important questions teens today are asking themselves and parents wish they had a better grasp on.

Filled with tangible and accessible resources, and featuring humorous and raw personal anecdotes, this is the perfect guide for teens, parents, and educators to go beyond “the talk” and dive into honest and meaningful conversations about sex, relationships, and consent.

About the Author

Dr. Drew Pinsky is the host of a variety of popular podcasts including the Dr. Drew Podcast, Dr. Drew After Dark, and a live streaming show called #AskDrDrew where he answers audience questions in real time. In addition, Dr. Drew hosts the hit MTV reality television series Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2 reunion specials. He lives in Pasadena, California.

Paulina Pinsky teaches comedy writing to high schoolers at Columbia University. But more importantly, she likes to write about female sexuality, feminism, and the discomfort of living. Paulina holds an MFA from Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her tuxedo cat, Jack. You can find her on all social platforms @mizpiggy111 or at

★ "Using a combination of straightforward language, relatable examples, and realistic expectations, [the Pinskys have] created a user-friendly guide based on the principles of TCB: trust, compassion, and boundaries....This readable guide should make things easier for parents, counselors, and kids alike."--Booklist, STARRED review "A useful manual for navigating relationships with friends and classmates, as well as grappling with one's own identity.... With sensitivity and compassion, this father-daughter duo highlights consent, identity, and relationships."--School Library Journal "Teens looking for real talk about real challenges will find this book offers a lot of encouragement."--Kirkus Reviews --

Publisher: Clarion Books
Pub date: sep 21, 2021
384 pages
Format: Hardcover