The Second Virginity of Suzy Green by Sara Hantz (2007) is a young adult novel that explores the teenage trials of trying to fit in, pleasing parents, and understanding one’s own identity. It challenges common societal constructs through the main character Suzy Green as she learns that as long as responsibility is taken for one’s actions, then a person’s personal choices are their business and no one else’s. Suzy made the choice to not be a virgin one summer, but after moving, her new peers’ values do not support this. According to a study published by Associated Content, “teenagers who start having sexual relations at an early age are less likely to have delinquent behavior during early adulthood” (Kerns, 2007, p.1).
By: Rachel Labus