“On the Subject of Unmentionable Things” – Julia Walton
Thank you TBR and Beyond tours for sending me an ebook of this novel.
A girl rewrites sex education, one viral post at a time, in this fiercely honest and delightfully
awkward novel by the award-winning author of Words on Bathroom Walls. Phoebe Townsend is a rule follower … or so everyone thinks. She’s an A student who writes for her small-town school newspaper. But what no one knows is that Phoebe is also Pom-the anonymous teen who’s rewriting sex education on her blog and social media. Phoebe is not a pervert. No, really. Her unconventional hobby is just a research obsession. And sex should not be a secret. As long as Phoebe stays undercover, she’s sure she’ll fly through junior year unnoticed.
That is, until Pom goes viral, courtesy of mayoral candidate Lydia Brookhurst. The former beauty queen labels Phoebe’s work an “assault on morality,” riling up her supporters and calling on Pom to reveal her identity. But Phoebe is not backing down. With her anonymity on the line, is it all worth the fight? Julia Walton delivers a brutally honest novel about sex, social media, and the courage to pursue truth when misinformation is rife. Who knew truth could be so scandalous?
Content Warning: Doxxing and harassment
If you’re a fan of Sex Education, the show on Netflix, this novel is perfect for you.
Phoebe is a very smart student who follows all the rules, no one expects her to be Pom the writer of this huge blog about sex positivity and full of great facts about sex education. She lives a secret life, full of research on a topic she’s very interested in. Her blog becomes huge after Lydia Brookhurst, a lady from her very conservative town, who runs for mayor shares a link to her blog on Twitter to warn against the blog and how Pom is probably an old man trying to deprave the younger generations.
Everyone is trying to find out who Pom is… and Phoebe doesn’t expect those reactions once her identity is uncovered…
I flew through this book! It was super addictive, a real page turner that I 100% recommend anyone to read. You’ll have access to Pom’s blog posts which are so interesting and full of super interesting facts!
As soon as I read the blurb for this novel I was like “I need to read this book” and honestly I don’t regret one second. The characters are absolutely fantastic, the whole plot and twists are perfectly done. I obviously knew her identity was going to be revealed but I expected another character to be the one revealing it.
This book is so important as it truly teaches you about sex and most importantly safe sex and so many other important subjects around this topic. At some point Phoebe opens up a Q&A section on her post which leads to a lot of various questions that are very very interesting! Honestly this is THE book to give to kids who want to know more about sex education, it’s full of great facts and informations that we’re not taught in school (ever).
Sex education and safe sex shouldn’t be a taboo subject, and what the author done there is fabulous. New favourite book added to my list.
About the Author:
JULIA WALTON is the award-winning author of Words on Bathroom Walls (now adapted to a major motion picture!) and Just Our Luck. Her third novel, On the Subject of Unmentionable Things, is set for release on August 23, 2022. She received an MFA in creative writing from Chapman University
and a BA in History from UC Irvine. Julia lives with her husband and children in Huntington Beach CA.
5/5 + ❤️