To delve into the plot of "Sex Sells" risks betraying a deeper meaning which this work is. Ben and Marvin are awkward virgins and high school class mates. Ben is deep into porn and Marvin may forever live in a world of awkwardness, as he has Asperger's Syndrome. The two have a bond which is explained later in the story. Most of their interactions centers around sex. Then a new student arrives, Mikalyn (I picture her as Phoebe Cates). She is the most beautiful girl either of our boys has ever seen. Running away from her own demons, Mikalyn starts hanging with Ben and Marvin. Unable to deal with the sexiest being they've ever seen, Ben and Marvin keep their talk centered around sex. They are in for a shock.....Mikalyn is a virgin.
Uh oh! Marvin's mom squandered his college savings. The three are devastated as college is in all their futures. As Marvin and Ben look at Mikalyn as life boat survivors look at the survivor they are about to eat, she is surprisingly amenable to the obvious fix. The three agree to auction off their virginity on-line. Enough of the plot. Interspersed with apparent teen sex comedy are some very real indications that something heavier and more meaningful is ready to take control. In Mr. Wyse's tale, virginity isn't looked at as a curse, but is described as a gift and something not to be cavalier about. However shallow our trio might seem in a plot description, their caring, sensitivity, and proclivity to choose good over evil is always bubbling to the surface.
However crude Ben, Marvin, and Mikalyn may appear at times, the fact that they have chosen each other as friends displays they are deeper than their peers' expectations. With a crass plan cascading through the pages, will our trio allow their moral compasses to interfere? Kudos to Mr. Wyse for his portrayal of Marvin. Marvin,with his Asperger's Syndrome, emerges as a kind, intelligent, and heroic figure. We were 16 many years ago, and sexual conquest was what we wanted to see in our teen comedies. Now we're.....well....older, and we are in suspense as we plead for maturity and some semblance of morality to win out. In that sense, perhaps "Sex Sells" is a suspense drama disguised as a sex comedy.