One Hot Second by Cathy Young

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Sex. It’s on the minds of every teenager, whether they’re having it, not having it, talking about it, or just thinking about it. In this powerful collection, 11 acclaimed writers for young people capture the various expressions of desire–from first crushes to first times, and all of the charged emotions in between. Here, a sleek new teammate becomes more than a friend; a hopeful date feels his evening unravel; a pale boy delivers a sweet but terrible kiss; a wise girl discovers the real rules about love.

Jennifer Armstrong, Sarah Dessen, Emma Donoghue, Nancy Garden, Angela Johnson, Victor Martinez, Norma Fox Mazer, Rachel Vail, Rich Wallace, Ellen Wittlinger, and Jacqueline Woodson have crafted original stories that are as complex and provocative as desire itself. Because anything can happen in one hot second.

About Cathy Young

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Cathy Young is the creator of Favorite Teenage Angstbooks (
Published June 11, 2002 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 218 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Among the subjects are a young poet who loses his first real chance for sex, a fat girl who loses weight and finally confronts the years of insecurity it has caused her, and a girl who escapes her awful home life with a boy who matches her love of offbeat music.

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"The authors approach the topic of desire from a variety of angles in these 11 sometimes humorous, sometimes haunting short stories," wrote PW .

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