Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. For more information on teen dating violence, see this CDC page. It's chilling:

Did you know that in a recent national survey, 1 in 10 teens reported being hit or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend at least once in the 12 months prior to the survey? And nearly half of all teens in relationships say they know friends who have been verbally abused.


Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala. Joy feels suffocated. Literally from her severe asthma, metaphorically from her boyfriend's controlling ways and painful words. Then, it just gets too much so she runs away to find a new life on the streets.

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen. Caitlin can't believe she could get a guy like Rogerson. But when he turns violent, she can't bring herself to leave.

Bitter End by Jennifer Brown. Alex has found the perfect boyfriend. She understands why Cole doesn't want her hanging out with Zack, even though they're just friends, and he's her best friend. But how far is Cole willing to go to keep Alex under his control?


 Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf. The entire town is mourning Trip's death in a car accident, but his girlfriend knows the truth of who Trip was, the reality of their relationship, and what actually happened that night.

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Resenfield. Two girls, one spending one last summer in her small town before leaving for college, one a stranger whose corpse is found by the side of the road. The readers get both sides and see how much the two have in common.

Inexcusable by Chris Lynch. Keir knows he's a good guy. He knows he loves Gigi. He knows he would never do what Gigi has accused him of. Never.


Split by Swati Avasthi. Christian got out long ago and doesn't expect his little brother to show up on his doorstep, beaten black and blue, having finally made his escape, leaving their mother behind. As the two brothers try to find what happens next, the disturbing truth remains-- Jace may be doomed to repeat his father's ways. In fact, he already has.

Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn. Caitlin has a restraining order and Nick is in anger management, but why? He told her not to sing in the talent show. She deserved it, why doesn't everyone see that?

Bad Boy by Dream Jordan. Kate never wanted to be back in the group home, not after spending a year with excellent foster parents. But here she is, and her only solace is Percy, but he's not the kind of comfort that Kate needs.

What are your recommended reads dealing with teen dating violence?

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