Doing It is a young adult novel by author Melvin Burgess published in It is a story about the experiences of a group of English teenagers and their discovery of sex. It is told from the point of view of several young men as they learn about. Doing It is a young adult novel by author Melvin Burgess published in It is a story about the experiences of a group of English teenagers and their. Now in paperback, award-winning author Melvin Burgess's daringly honest and often hilarious account of contemporary teenage life, and the ups and downs that. The award-winning author Melvin Burgess's ribald and insightful account of contemporary teenage life chronicles the ups and downs of doing it. The controversial. Melvin Burgess, author of Smack, has written what is potentially the most controversial young adult novel ever. Doing It is an honest and funny book about. Are young men really so disgusting that they have to lead large parts of their lives in secret, or are we being cowardly about the whole thing? Doing It is an. Melvin Burgess (Photo by John Coombes) I remember having a lousy teacher there, who bawled me out for doing a story in a way she hadn't ordered – I'd. Melvin Burgess's new novel is already causing controversy and it won't be out for two months. Anne Fine is horrified and believes that it. It tells young people that sex can be beautiful as well as exciting. Those parts of the body most to do with this everyday miracle are named and. Fun, peppy and unusually frank (but ultimately sweet-natured), British author Burgess's (Smack ; My Life as a Bitch) novel.