It had all these pictures of celebrities on their winter holidays in St Barts in bikinis and their different body parts were picked out with red circles highlighting their muffin tops and their cellulite and I looked over at the next table and there was a girl eating a muffin. It was just incredibly vivid so I got out my notebook and started writing. Many women make a correlation between moral worth and weight and I really wanted to explore that. This is a healthy and positive way to be a girl. Her books are equally unflinching about life in the social media age. Am I prettier? Do boys like me more? Try to encourage honest communication, be open and interested, try to understand. And what would she tell the teenagers of either sex who devoured Only Ever Yours.
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A year-old man who had a year-long sexual relationship with a year-old neighbour has been jailed for three years. The prosecutor told Melbourne County Court that the man wooed his teenage neighbour with flattery. He would say she looked like Drew Barrymore," he said. He told the court the pair would go on walks and to the movies together and that the man gave her a mobile phone. The court heard the man told the girl he loved her. They discussed waiting to have sex until she was 16 so it would be legal, but a few weeks later he sent her a text message that said: "F it, we should have sex, we should not have to wait because we are in love. Counsel for the man said his client suffered depression and was living in a fantasy world at the time. His psychologist told the court a symptom of his depression had been a fantasy of a stable and loving relationship that would lead to marriage and children. Today, the judge said he accepted the defence's submissions and agreed that the man's sentence be reduced, because of his mental state and the significant delay between charges being laid and his case coming before the court. The man pleaded guilty to four representative counts of sexual penetration of a child under 16 and was sentenced to 36 months jail with 26 months suspended.
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Sex scenes in literature tend to follow the same tired tropes. There's romance, there's sex, and it's all magical with orgasms for everyone. Not only are these scenes boring, they're misleading for young women just becoming familiar with their own sexuality — women who are very often the target demographic for the books in question. Sure, it's fine to show the ideal version of sex, but there's equal importance in reading about something more true to life. It's all too easy to think there's something wrong with you if your own first or hundredth time doesn't look or feel like perfection. It's rare to happen upon literature that shows the real, awkward, sometimes beautiful, sometimes scary, sometimes neutral world of sex, especially when it comes to young women.