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“A riveting and shocking book. Laura Stepp’s superb investigative work raises questions that are as compelling as they are appalling: Are young women accepting as okay sexual behavior that isn’t okay and never has been? Can girls really act like boys and get away with it emotionally? What happens when boys who have no sexual boundaries place upon them grow up to be men? This is a book you can’t stop reading and you won’t stop talking about.”
—Patricia Cornwell

“This is a fascinating look at the sex lives of young women. It should be required reading for all young women – and their parents.”
—Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., author of What Your Mother Never Told You About Sex

“Every parent, college administrator, and student will benefit from this study of the hookup culture on college campuses across America. Stepp focuses her scholarly journalism on the most intimate sexual and emotional details of college life, explaining concepts such as "battle buddy," "date auction" and "freakin," and the result is an extraordinarily candid depiction and a set of remarkable findings. Although freedom for these girls has replaced intimacy, their emotional needs are poignantly described. This is a path-breaking study - one not soon forgotten."
—H. Keith H. Brodie, M.D. and president-emeritus, Duke University.

"Young people talk candidly to Laura Stepp about their sexual and social lives because she listens with an open mind and a generous heart. Their stories - compelling, disquieting, at times heartbreaking - provide hard but essential truths for anyone who raises, teaches, or mentors girls in today's world. Unhooked is on my must-read list for parents and their high school and college-age children."
—Deborah Roffman, human sexuality educator and author of Sex and Sensibility: The Thinking Parent's Guide to Talking Sense About Sex