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Reading Like a GirlNarrative Intimacy in Contemporary American Young Adult Literature$
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Sara K. Day

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038112

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038112.001.0001

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“He Couldn’t get close Enough”

“He Couldn’t get close Enough”

The Exploration and Relegation of Desire

(p.64) Chapter 3 “He Couldn’t get close Enough”
Reading Like a Girl

Sara K. Day

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses novels that provide insight into a larger consequence of cultural demands about adolescent women and intimacy, namely that by discouraging young women from exploring or expressing their sexual desires before they are “ready,” cultural demands deny them the possibility of fully engaging in the sort of emotional intimacy deemed necessary for sexual relationships. These novels include Sarah Dessen’s Someone Like You, Kristen Tracy’s Lost It, Sara Zarr’s Story of a Girl, and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga.

Keywords:   adolescent women, young adult novels, love, sexuality, sexual desire, Sarah Dessen, Kristen Tracy, Sara Zarr, cultural demands

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