Themes and message

The main themes of the short story “Kiss and Tell” by John Sam Jones are sexuality and fitting in. The author explores these themes using the motif of coming of age (becoming a teenager) and that of homosexuality. The message of the author is that sexuality is a challenging aspect for teenagers and that sexual orientation is still a delicate issue in society, although it is formally accepted.

Table of contents


The theme of sexuality is explored through most of the short story and the characters. First of all, the narrative begins with a presentation of teenage students who have already begun to explore their sexuality, perhaps prematurely:

...Jane Jones, who’d got breasts that were the Promised Land of boys’ dirty talk, almost always had love bites on her neck, and Shân Jenkins boasted about going to the nightclub (...) There ...

The text shown above is just an extract. Only members can read the full content.

Get access to the full Study Guide.

As a member of, you get access to all of the content.

Sign up now

Already a member? Log in