Doing It - Melvin Burgess
Sex, Sex, Sex….it seems that is all that is on the minds of the three boys in this book. Dino, Ben, and Jonathan are great friends and all trying to find a way to lose their virginity. Dino is obsessed with Jackie, the most popular girl at school. Jackie doesn’t give Dino the time of day. She likes older boys and has had a serious boyfriend for a while. Finally, after a lot of convincing, Jackie agrees to go on a date with Dino. She finds that she can’t stop thinking about him and finally they become an item. Dino’s life is perfect – almost! Jackie won’t have sex with him. They get so close, but then she stops him – promising they will later. Eventually, Dino gives up and decides to sleep with another girl on the side and still keep Jackie as his “girlfriend.”

Ben has a secret. He lost his virginity a long time ago and has never told anyone about it – not even Dino and Jonathan. With all the sex talk going on between the three of them it is hard to understand why he wouldn’t say anything until you realize who it is he is sleeping with on a regular basis. Ben has been having a secret affair with one of his teachers for a while. At first he loved it an considered himself very lucky. But, things have changed. It isn’t as fun as it used to be, but will he be able to find a way to break it off?

Jonathan likes Deborah and wouldn’t mind calling her his girlfriend, but he doesn’t know if he can take the ribbing and teasing he’ll get from everyone at school – including his best friends. Deborah is a “plumper” and Jonathan likes her womanly curves and soft body. The times they have secretly made out have been wonderful, but he doesn’t know if he wants people to know they are together.

These three boys have to make a lot of hard decisions through the course of this story. DOING IT is not for the faint of heart. If you don’t like to read about sex or sexual activities (a.k.a. HEAVY petting) – then this isn’t the book for you. It is graphic in many parts, but, in my opinion, rings completely true coming from the mouths and minds of teenage boys. There were many times when I laughed out loud.

I listened to audio and the narrator did a great job.