The Oral History Podcast: Sex without Romance


This episode of The Oral History Podcast is about Sex Without Romance, something that is very difficult to find in young adult fiction, as it turns out. Christa and Carrie discuss some of their adolescent adventures with respect to romance-free sex, as well as a few YA titles that touch on it. Let us know any titles you think fit this special category: feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com


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Our Current Reads


The House of Bernarda Alba, by Federico Garcia Lorca
Lost Paradise: From Mutiny on the Bounty to a Modern-Day Legacy of Sexual Mayhem, the Dark Secrets of Pitcairn Island Revealed
by Kathy Marks


Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow
The Boy Most Likely To, by Huntley Fitzpatrick

                   “What I imagine when Christa describes ‘The Pit'” – Carrie












Sex Without Love,” by Sharon Olds
Young Life

Recommended Reads (listed in the order in which they were discussed)

Sex Without Romance: Girl POV
Boy Heaven, by Laura Kasischke
Everything Beautiful, by Simmone Howell
Delicate Monstersby Stephanie Kuehn
The F-It List, by Julie Halpern
Jersey Angel, by Beth Ann Bauman
“Me, Some Random Guy & the Army of Darkness,” by Justina Ireland,  in The V-Word: True Stories about First Time Sex, edited by Amber J. Keyser

Sex Without Romance: Boy POV
September Girls, by Bennett Madison
Sex & Violence, by Carrie Mesrobian


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About This Podcast

Carrie Mesrobian and Christa Desir are two good friends who happen to be YA authors interested in discussing sex. The idea for The Oral History Podcast came out of their daily dog-walking conversations when they realized that others might be as interested in this topic as they were. Each podcast focuses on a topic of sexuality in the lives of teens. Previous podcasts have included discussions about masturbation, first kisses, cheating, illicit relationships, oral sex, and “girl talk” to name a few. Frank, engaging, and filthy, these two podcasters will leave you laughing, blushing, or ready to start writing sex scenes in your novel in an authentic and excellent way.



About the Author:

Christa Desir writes contemporary YA fiction. Her forthcoming novel, Other Broken Things, will be published in January 2016 by Simon Pulse. Visit her online at, and follow her on Twitter at @ChristaDesir.Carrie Mesrobian is the author of three YA novels, most recently Cut Both Ways (2015). Visit her online at, and find her on Twitter at @CarrieMesrobian.

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