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Cat Hellisen Chats to Exclusive Books on Twitter About “Sex and Gender in YA”

When the Sea is Rising RedCat Hellisen, author of When the Sea is Rising Red, took part in the second edition of Exclusive Books’ #EBTeenReads for a Twitter discussion on “Sex and Gender in YA”.

The talk started with how much sex should be included in books for young adults, with Hellisen saying that it “depends how it’s handled. YA books aren’t meant to be erotica-how-tos, but sex is something teens deal with” and adding that “teens aren’t stupid; they’ll choose the books with the level of sex in which they are comfortable with”.

Read the rest of the discussion, which looks at how LGBT characters are portrayed in YA books and other issues:

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