The raw honesty in these perfectly timed essays puts a human face on a hugely stigmatized social issue.
— Forward Reviews
It is true, as the editors explain, that these essays are no “ten secrets” guide to finding a positive path after abuse, but they are vibrant tales of rediscovering sexuality and vitality...A valuable compilation that represents multiple paths for healing and thriving after sexual trauma.
— Kirkus Reviews
Courage is a virtue existing not just on battlefields but in the bedrooms where these survivors’ fiercely won passion is a triumph for both body and soul. VERDICT Highly recommended for all collections.
— Library Journal
A powerful resource for those on the path to recovery. The frank, vulnerable, and courageous voices of the authors are distinctive.
— Publishers Weekly REVIEW
This collection of 17 essays from survivors of sexual abuse in childhood or young adulthood points to an optimistic endpoint for the “journey to a happy and healthy sexuality” (in the words of one contributor), making it a powerful resource for those on the path to recovery who need to connect with models of success.
— Publishers Weekly Review
The contributors don’t merely offer different stories and perspectives, but approach the project from different stages of the healing process, which makes the work accessible to more people...Making Out Like a Virgin effectively shares the personal stories of sexual abuse survivors in various stages of the healing process who have reclaimed their sexual identities.
— Indie Reader Review

Making Out Like a Virgin is a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year nominee in the self help category. Foreword INDIES honor the best books from independent publishers. Chosen from over 2,250 individual entries, Finalists for the Foreword INDIES represent some of the best books from non-Big 5 publishers and authors. Judged by librarians and booksellers.