Rec Sex - book by Chronicle Books - review by ToyQuest

Rec Sex

Book by Chronicle Books

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Funny and Informative

This book has definitions of everything sex related presented in a humorous and informative manner. This book is, at times, laugh-out-loud funny.
Travel-friendly, Easy to read, Funny
Small print (if you have bad eyesight)
Rating by reviewer:
useful review
I decided I wanted Rec Sex to read on the plane on my way to Vegas with a friend. It certainly sounded interesting and informative.

The book is sent wrapped in plastic which is a very good thing because for me because the book was sitting out on my doorstep and was damp from the snow for a few days. EF also sent along a copy of SexIs Magazine. The packaging was solid, and the book was undamaged.

Once on the plane and in the air, I started reading Rec Sex. I'm sure the man sitting across the aisle was amused by the title because he kept looking at me/the book. Anyway, the book has a preface by the authors, Em and Lo, in which they explain that the bolded words are other definitions, and that, as you read, you should go look these other words up. It's like a book in a "choose your own adventure" style. I tried this method and found that I was jumping from place to place which could actually be fun to do some time. Since I had this review to write, I decided to read the book straight through.

The words are all in alphabetical order. Some of the definitions are serious, and some are what you would expect them to be. Some are absolutely hilarious, and others end up going on a rant. Em and Lo stress, wherever possible, to practice safe sex. There are a couple of rants and lectures in the definitions about how to be safe and how it's problematic that people refuse to be safe. At times, I thought this was a bit much, but I cannot fault them for wanting to make a point of having their readers understand that safe sex should always be the #1 priority. Em & Lo entirely made up for their lectures with some really truly hilarious definitions that were laugh-out-loud funny. I was afraid I'd wake my friend up who was sitting next to me; I actually did a few times. I showed her what I had just read, and she'd laugh too.

Rec Sex is definitely a fun and easy read, but it's also informative. It's very extensive at 182 pages in relatively small print. I certainly learned new things, and I do not doubt that if I hear some term that I don't remember, I will go look it up in this book.
Follow-up commentary
This is my absolute go-to dictionary for all things sex. It's a fantastic resource for looking things up when you hear or come across a term you're unfamiliar with. Chances are, it is in this book. Doing the "choose your own adventure" in this book is fun because some words are bold, so you follow it and see where you end up. It's fun to see if you can take different paths to get to the same end as the last time. Overall, it's worth having, even if you think you know it all.
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Anyone
    • Bachelor/ bachelorette party
    • Everyone
  • Where
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere
    • Campus/roommate living
  • Features
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    What kind of features does this product offer?
    • Small
    • Travel friendly
    • Unassuming
  • Body / part areas
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    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • N/a
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  • ScottA
    Interesting - I think I'd bring a book jacket if I were reading this in public.

    What were a few of your favorite shorter definitions?
  • ToyQuest
    Some of my favorites included "trisexual - when you cannot decide which you like best: sex with boys, sex with girls, or sex with yourself", orgy (mostly because it mentions a common name for a bar, which also happens to be the name of the bar where I go to school), dejafuck, terror sex, and cuddle party. The other definitions are longer, but definitely amusing and interesting.

    Regarding the book cover - if you take off the book cover, the title of the book will go away and it will just say "Em and Lo" in large bold print and "An A-Z Guide to Hooking Up" in size 10 font, which is quite convenient if you're uncomfortable with having the title out in public.
  • namelesschaos
    Sound like a interesting book thanks for the review.
  • ~LaUr3n~
    I have two other books by them. I love em! Don't have this one though.
  • ToyQuest
    I think it's a good book to have around. It's very well written, fun to read, easy to put down and pick up again. It's a dictionary of sorts, so there wasn't a whole lot to say about it in the review other than it is a fun read and useful.
  • leatherlover
    Thanks for the review. It does sound interesting, wish listed.
  • M121212
    Thanks for the review. Glad you had fun with this one
  • ToyQuest
    Definitely did! It's an excellent resource, and would put you ahead of everyone else in terms of sex slang/lingo.
  • eroticmutt
    Nice review, thanks. May end up reading this
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