On the Subject of Unmentionable Things, Julia Walton

The cover is pink with a peach on it. The title is written in black over the peach.

Phoebe is the shy girl. The one that turns red when someone says anything remotely embarrassing. But she loves her best friend Cora and loves working on the school newspaper. Oh yes, she also loves secretly writing on her sex education blog. She helps teens where public schools fail them. So when the blog goes viral, not everyone loves it—especially the purity crowd and their local leader, Lydia Brookhurst. Phoebe needs to stay anonymous while trying to bring Linda down.

Scientific studies have proven that abstinence-only education does not work. What Phoebe is doing is a great service to teenagers. Especially because sex education isn’t universal, and it’s poorly lacking in the US. I read a lot of YA. This one is very geared to the YA crowd, and I think readers will not only enjoy the story but find benefit in the various Q&A that Walton, through Phoebe, incorporated into the book. This story includes many real-world issues as well, and on the whole, it’s going to help a lot of readers. Thank you, Random House Children’s, for sending this along.

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About the Book

Phoebe Townsend is a rule follower . . . or so everyone thinks. She’s an A student who writes for her small-town school newspaper. But what no one knows is that Phoebe is also Pom—the anonymous teen who’s rewriting sex education on her blog and social media.

Phoebe is not a pervert. No, really. Her unconventional hobby is just a research obsession. And sex should not be a secret. As long as Phoebe stays undercover, she’s sure she’ll fly through junior year unnoticed. . . .

That is, until Pom goes viral, courtesy of mayoral candidate Lydia Brookhurst. The former beauty queen labels Phoebe’s work an “assault on morality,” riling up her supporters and calling on Pom to reveal her identity. But Phoebe is not backing down. With her anonymity on the line, is it all worth the fight?

Julia Walton delivers a brutally honest novel about sex, social media, and the courage to pursue truth when misinformation is rife. Who knew truth could be so scandalous?


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