I was curious as to how others were receiving this book and came across one review that noted you might feel like you need a shower after this book. And I have to agree – this definitely looks like it was written by a guy in that the focus is entirely on male or female genitalia. For one character, it’s all about ‘dick’ and ‘balls’ – and for the one with the lesbian parents, it’s about vagina. After awhile, I think I got more detail about every vulgar word used to describe sexual parts than I would have received from years in high school. It’s probably accurate – in a ‘teen male verite’ type of way. But I have to honestly say I missed the pathos of an Adam Silvera book or the sweet Disneyesque heroines of Becky Albertalli. I despised both leads in Social Intercourse and didn’t want to read their story of selfishness and self absorption.
Story: Beckett Gaines is a very out-n-proud virgin looking to get laid as much as he can so he will be the perfect sex partner when he finds Mr Right. Too bad he’s finding undesireable hookups on Bangr.com with porno-staches, 1980s purple sedans, and middle age catfish deceptions. Jax, meanwhile, likes girls, gets plenty of sex, but is curious about boys, too. Except he hates it when his parents suggest he is Bi – something he finds labeling. The boys get a chance to work together to fix their parents issues (Beckett’s dad is dating someone new that his son doesn’t approve and Jax wants to get his moms to live together again). Both will do horrible and mean things in order to accomplish this.
Right from the start, when Beckett comes home and finds his father has a new girlfriend, all he can complain about is that he saw her ‘big titties’ – and proceeds to name her that, despite the woman trying hard to be nice to him since she is dating his father. Jax, meanwhile, spends most of the time annoyed that his moms encourage him to explore bisexuality when he hates the label and the connotation it conjures – even though he is curious. Both boys will end up doing mean and horrible things to ‘fix’ their parents’ issues. That is, when they aren’t focusing on dicks or vagina thoughts (which, to be fair, isn’t very often).
I’ve never been one for overidealized protagonists and certainly I appreciate a book from a different perspective. But I’ve got to want to root for my anti-heroes and honestly, these boys were so pathetic and selfish, I just wanted someone to end the story already so I didn’t have to see them do yet more stupid and often cruel things to otherwise decent people.
Those looking for a very vulgar and perhaps far too honest look at boys at that age, here you go. But if you want to like and love the characters, this probably won’t be your cup of tea. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publishers.