by Pete Wallis and Thalia Walllis Singing Dragon, 2018 Review by Christian Perring on Mar 20th 2018
This short graphic novel has teens talking with each other about consent to sex. They voice a number of different views but soon come to the idea that consent should be clear and enthusiastic. They acknowledge that talking about sex can be awkward and difficult, but they come to the conclusion that if the consent isn't clearly voiced, then it isn't really consent. The characters are diverse, including boys and girls, black, white Muslim, and different levels of sexual experience. They talk about the pressures on girls to go along with what their boyfriends want, but they also talk about the pressures on boys to live up to images of masculinity. It is a thoughtful book that makes good points and will help young people to think about consent. The artwork is nicely done, lively and appealing.