Sex-O-S: The Tragicomic Adventure of an Italian Surviving the First Time (Italian Teens, Novel 2, The Italian Saga #4) by Gaia B. Amman is a Young Adult story- and is a real, raw, and honest account of our girl Leda’s “first time”. We’ve followed Leda through the previous books/stories, and have been there every step of the way as she traverses transitioning from childhood and into a young adult. This picks up where book three left off, so even though this story could be read as a standalone if you wanted- I highly recommend reading the previous books too, so you have all the backstory and character information- as that will greatly enhance your enjoyment of this story.
This book is full of angst, drama, emotions, high school life, Italy in the 90’s, culture, peer pressure, family expectations, responsibility, insecurity, sex, humour, banter, antics, and a few shocking scenes. Leda is a great character- a bit of a tomboy, and here her life gets even more complicated than she had expected.
The series is a fictionalized memoir of the author’s younger years, set against the backdrop of Italy in the 1990’s. I have enjoyed this series and following Leda on her “adventure”- although there were times the character/s really frustrated me with what was going on- I have enjoyed the journey.
Thank you, Ms. Amman!
Reviewed by @angelahayes