ARC Review: The Most Dangerous Thing by Leanne Lieberman — No Spoilers

I received this book from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. This did not, in any way, influence my review.

My Rating: ★★★★☆ — Really 3.5 but I rounded up

Genre(s): Young Adult

Plot: [Copied from Goodreads] Sixteen-year-old Sydney hates to talk (or even think) about sex. She’s also fighting a secret battle against depression, and she’s sure she’ll never have a boyfriend. When her classmate Paul starts texting and sending her nature photos, she is caught off guard by his interest. Always uncomfortable with any talk about sex, Sydney is shocked when her extroverted sister, Abby, announces that she is going to put on The Vagina Monologues at school. Despite her discomfort, Sydney starts to reexamine her relationship with her body, and with Paul. But her depression worsens, and with the help of her friends, her family, a therapist and some medication, she grapples with what she calls the most dangerous thing about sex: female desire.


  • I honestly learned a lot about Jewish culture
  • Mental illness was a big part of Sydney’s life
  • Her relationship with her grandpa
  • Abby. Everything about Abby.
  • Sydney’s dad’s reasoning for volunteering


  • It really seemed like one of those “I just need a boy” stories
  • There wasn’t really a resolution

My Thoughts: I’m sort of neutral about this book. I didn’t love it. But I didn’t hate it either. Mostly I just didn’t like that it seemed like all of Sydney’s problems were solved by a boy – which is not how mental health works. But her description of The Fog was spot on, and the fact that she went to therapy and was a writer, and all these other little things, really added up to a great mentally ill character. Just a flawed presentation of one. I would recommend this book I think.

Leanne Lieberman

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