Losing It

  • Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

A travesty. A violation. An ecstasy. A disappointment. An instant. A lie. A theft. A rite of passage. Whatever you call it, there’s only one first time.

A.S. King, Melvin Burgess, Keith Gray, Patrick Ness, Anne Fine, Sophie McKenzie, Bali Rai, Jenny Valentine, Mary Hooper, and Andrew Smith. Some of today’s leading international YA authors contributed to this hard-hitting collection of original short stories: some funny, some moving, some haunting, but all revolving around the same subject—virginity.

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Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2013
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 200
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF058150, YAF058040, YAF058110
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 760
ATOS Reading Level 4.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 160127
Accelerated Reader® Points 7.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed

Author: Melvin Burgess

Melvin Burgess is the author of Smack, winner of the Carnegie Medal. He lives in England.

Author: Anne Fine

Anne Fine is the author of more than 50 books for young readers and was the Children’s Laureate of Great Britain. She lives in England.

Author: Mary Hooper

Mary Hooper is the author of Newes from the Dead. She lives in England.

Author: A. S. King

A.S. King is the award-winning author of young adult books including the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Ask the Passengers, Everybody Sees the Ants, 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book Please Ignore Vera Dietz, and the upcoming Reality Boy. After fifteen years living self-sufficiently and teaching literacy to adults in Ireland, she now lives in Pennsylvania with her small, freakish family. Find more at www.as-king.com.

Author: Sophie McKenzie

Sophie McKenzie is the author of Close My Eyes. She lives in England.

Author: Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is the author of A Monster Calls, winner of the Carnegie Medal. He lives in England.

Author: Bali Rai

Bali Rai is the author of Killing Honour. He lives in England.

Author: Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith is the author of many young adult novels, including Printz Honor Book Grasshopper Jungle. Besides writing, Andrew Smith is a runner. He has completed more than 30 marathons and off-road triathlons in his life. He enjoys the outdoors, and lives in a very remote area of California with his wife Jocelyn, son Trevin, and daughter Chiara, where they raise horses.

Author: Jenny Valentine

Jenny Valentine is the author of Me, the Missing, and the Dead, a William Morris Honor book. She lives in Wales.



“The stories are beautifully written….The power and beauty of the writing resonate longer than how-who-did-what-to-whom.” —VOYA

School Library Journal

The stories are uniformly engaging and polished….[T]he subject alone will interest older teens and give insight into this rite of passage." —School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Often wickedly funny and deceptively insightful, these stories are populated with multidimensional characters who delve into issues such as body shame, reputation and the disconnect involved for teens in talking honestly with adults about sex….This is a fresh, smart collection with a can’t-lose subject.” —Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“Sometimes funny, sometimes painful, and thoroughly thought-provoking.” —Publishers Weekly