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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (610 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Sessions Stepp, Ellen Archer Narrator: Ellen Archer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An eye-opening examination of the hookup culture, seen through the personal experiences of high school-and college-age women who confront the hard lessons of dating, love, and sex.

We’re living in an increasingly sexualized world, and it’s the young—particularly young women—who must deal with the consequences. Kids are having more sexual contact than ever, and at an earlier age. They call it “hooking up.” But what is “hooking up”? According to Laura Sessions Stepp, a reporter at the Washington Post, hooking up eludes a neat definition. It can be anything from an innocent kiss to sexual.

In Unhooked, Stepp follows three groups of young women (one in high school, one each at Duke and George Washington universities). She sat with them in class, socialized with them, listened to them talk, and came away with some disturbing insights, including that hooking up carries with it no obligation on either side. Relationships and romance are seen as messy and time-consuming, and love is postponed—or worse, seen as impossible. Some young women can handle this, but many can’t, and they’re being battered—physically and emotionally—by the new dating landscape. The result is a generation of young people stymied by relationships and unsure where to turn for help.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leslie | 12/25/2013

    " loving this book.... I think every female in their 20s should read this!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emily | 12/11/2013

    " A well-thought through analysis of the cultural phenomenon of "hooking up". There were a few moments of "Now back in MY day" preachy-ness, but for the most part the author did a decent job of taking up the role of observer without judgement. In my opinion, a must-read for any woman interested in navigating the current dating scene on her own terms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leah | 11/19/2013

    " Interesting juxtaposition to the Purity Myth (and even mentioned in that book)--read them both to get the full spectrum of opinions... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sonja | 11/9/2013

    " This is not an advice book. Still, as a piece of journalism, it's not bad. If you're looking for what can be done about the hookup culture, this isn't the book, but if you just want to know about the phenomenon, I'd say this is a pretty good place to start. "

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About the Author

Laura Sessions Stepp is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, currently at the Washington Post. She is a former visiting scholar at the National Academy of Sciences, and she chairs the board of directors of the Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families, based at the University of Maryland. Laura is the author of Our Last Best Shot: Guiding Our Children Through Early Adolescence.