The Birds, the Bees and You and Me Blog Tour


Hi everyone! As you can see, I am participating in a blog tour for The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh. This blog tour is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.

This blog post will have the following format:
  • Giveaway Information
  • Book Links
  • Book Information
  • Book Review
  • Author Information

Giveaway Information

Book Links

Book Information

Title: The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me
Author: Olivia Hinebaugh
Series: Not Applicable
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: 22 January 2019
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Format: eBook (ARC)
Pages: 304
Rating: 4 Stars
Reading Timeline: 21 January 2019

Goodreads Synopsis:


Seventeen-year-old Lacey Burke is the last person on the planet who should be doling out sex advice. For starters, she’s never even kissed anyone, and she hates breaking the rules. Up until now, she's been a straight-A music geek that no one even notices. All she cares about is jamming out with her best friends, Theo and Evita.

But then everything changes.

When Lacey sees first-hand how much damage the abstinence-only sex-ed curriculum of her school can do, she decides to take a stand and starts doling out wisdom and contraception to anyone who seeks her out in the girls' restroom. But things with Theo become complicated quickly, and Lacey is soon not just keeping everyone else’s secrets, but hers as well. 



Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

I definitely jumped on this blog tour because of the super cute and catchy book title. I am so excited to jump into this book and see what it is all about!

Thank you so much to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book. Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review, I have received this book for free. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

I enjoyed the writing because it flowed really well and had really good pace to it. The dialogue was immersive and felt natural. However, I did feel as though towards the end of the book the writing got a bit heavy and the pacing was a bit off. However, regardless of this fact, I still found myself flying through the pages of this book to see what will happen next.

Plot Thoughts:

I freaking loved the plot of this book. It was a good balance between being informative about practicing safe sex whilst still being a cute and entertaining contemporary. This book truly goes beyond typical YA novels as it speaks about consent and addresses topics that are not always comfortable to approach. Beyond the educational value of the novel, it is a light hearted read about friendships and a girl who just so happens to be falling for a boy. In this aspect, we follow our main character as she doubts herself and finds confidence in helping others. 

Character Thoughts:

Lacey as a character was accessible because she was funny and awkward despite being well informed. Her accessibility came from the way she dealt with certain universal situations like her first kiss and so on. I also enjoyed how we had some diversity because there was an asexual character that helps to remove the stigmatism that surrounds asexuality. 

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I highly recommend this book. It is one of those books that I wish came out when I was just starting high school and wasn't quite sure of how to approach the topic of safe sex or how to look past the stigmatism that surrounds the topic. This book is perfect for not only explaining things but also perfect for an adorable story that will have you squealing like nobodies business. Thank you so much to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

Author Information

Olivia Hinebaugh loves all stripes of literature for children. When she isn’t writing fiction, she can be found writing freelance, making art, discovering new songs on spotify, texting her writing buddies, or folding laundry. She lives near Washington, D.C. with her spouse, three kids, a dog that looks like a coyote, and a one-eyed cat. The Birds, The Bees, And You And Me is her debut novel.

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Yours in Reading,
Melleny

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