Book Review: Dangerous Love: Sex Work, Drug Use, and the Pursuit of Intimacy in Tijuana, Mexico by Jennifer Leigh Syvertsen. By: Underwood Hood, Mary and Coombes, Emily. 2024. Gender & Society. Vol. 38 Issue 2, p301-303.

“Dangerous Love: Sex Work, Drug Use, and the Pursuit of Intimacy in Tijuana, Mexico” by Jennifer Leigh Syvertsen is a captivating book that explores the lives of individuals involved in sex work and drug use in Tijuana. Through ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, and photo journaling, Syvertsen sheds light on the experiences of these individuals and challenges traditional understandings of sex work and drug use. The book emphasizes the transformative power of love and calls for harm-reduction practices based on social justice and compassion. While the book is well-written and compelling, it leaves some questions unanswered, such as the dynamics within sex working communities and the intersection of sex work and motherhood. Overall, “Dangerous Love” offers a powerful message about the resilience and agency of marginalized individuals.