Fiction books about teenage dating violence

How to cope when that standardized test doesn’t come out the way we expected. And – perhaps most importantly – how to fall in love.

For some – including the characters in the majority of YA novels, movies, and television shows – these initial forays into romance are sweet, clumsy, exciting, and safe.

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For too many others, though, these fictions do not match reality.

In a recent survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, almost 10% of young people between the ages of 11 and 17 reported that they had experienced dating violence in the past year.

But the closer they get, the more Nathan wants of her time, of her love, of her…and the less she wants to give. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s creator and owner (Karen Jensen, MLS) is strictly prohibited.

As Rae’s affection for Nathan turns to fear, she leans on her friend Leo for support. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to the post author and Teen Librarian Toolbox with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. All thoughts and opinions expressed belong to the individuals that wrote them and do not reflect the views of any outside affiliations including the libraries that we work at, the professional journals that we work with, or VOYA magazine, etc.

Consequently, we rarely have real, nuanced conversations about what it means to experience this kind of violence, and about what it takes to change.

Fiction has always been my favorite tool for encouraging students to think about, talk about, and tackle stigmatization and violence.

Here are some YA lit titles on the topic to help raise awareness and start discussions. As Alex struggles to come to terms with the sweet boyfriend she fell in love with and the boyfriend whose “love” she no longer recognizes, she is forced to choose — between her “true love” and herself. Being with him makes Caitlin forget about everything else–her missing sister, her withdrawn mother, her lackluster life.

When Alex falls for the charming new boy at school, Cole — a handsome, funny, sports star who adores her — she can’t believe she’s finally found her soul mate . Publisher’s Annotation: Wake up, Caitlin Ever since she started going out with Rogerson Biscoe, Caitlin seems to have fallen into a semiconscious dreamland where nothing is quite real. But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him?

Set in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the book frankly deals with hate crimes, prejudice, and romance. Schmidt Fourteen-year-old Doug’s family moves from New York City to a small town upstate after his abusive father gets a new job.

Throughout the book, Doug keeps one eye on his parents’ violent relationship while falling in love for the first time.

Some Tips for Talking to Teens About Intimate Partner Violence: Crisis Line Phone Numbers: National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474 Volunteers of America, Home Free 503-802-0505 Portland Women’s Crisis Line 503-235-5333 Web Sites: Love Is Respect has a wealth of information and a live teen PEER chat for teens to talk to other teens about relationships and abuse.

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