Kevin Kenny

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Never one to shy away from the topic of sex …, Norma Klein's latest work addresses the intricacies of initial romantic and sexual rumblings. Beginners' Love chronicles several tumultuous months in the life of a shy and somewhat insecure 17-year-old. (p. 203)

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Klein's novel is both explicit and thought-provoking. Joel's musings on sex and the relationship in general ring true, and the book contains a number of interesting minor characters. Only Leda's characterization is questionable, with her analogy between forgetting to brush her teeth sometimes and forgetting to insert her diaphragm sometimes being particularly inane for a supposedly intelligent young woman. Klein's explicitness and the somewhat casual abortion should insure controversy in some areas. Subject matter and readability, however, should insure popularity…. (pp. 203-04)

Kevin Kenny, in a review of "Beginners' Love," in Voice of Youth Advocates, Vol. 6, No. 4, October, 1983, pp. 203-04.

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