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TOUGH ISSUES: Love Doesn't Have To Hurt: Dating Violence

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Dreamland : a novel

Dessen, Sarah.


After her older sister runs away, sixteen-year-old Caitlin decides that she needs to make a major change in her own life and begins an abusive relationship with a boy who is mysterious, brilliant, and dangerous.


Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills)


As rehearsals begin for the ballet version of Peter Pan, the teenaged members of an Ohio dance troupe lose their focus when one of their own goes missing.

Breathing underwater

Flinn, Alex.


Sent to counseling for hitting his girlfriend, Caitlin, and ordered to keep a journal, sixteen-year-old Nick recounts his relationship with Caitlin, examines his controlling behavior and anger, and describes living with his abusive father.

Dark song

Giles, Gail.


After her father loses his job and she finds out that her parents have lied to her, fifteen-year-old Ames feels betrayed enough to become involved with a criminal who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

But I love him

Grace, Amanda, 1982-


Traces, through the course of a year, Ann's transformation from a happy A-student, track star, and popular senior to a solitary, abused woman whose love for the emotionally-scarred Connor has taken away everything--even herself.

Truly, madly, deadly

Jayne, Hannah.


When her abusive boyfriend dies in what seems to be a drunk-driving accident, Sawyer is secretly relieved until she opens her locker and finds a note from a secret admirer that says "You're welcome."

Bad boy

Jordan, Dream.


Devastated to find herself back in a group home after a peaceful year of living with loving foster parents, a Brooklyn teenager striving to become strong and independent soon falls prey to the dangerous affections of a good looking but shady young man.


Lynch, Chris.


High school senior and football player Keir sets out to enjoy himself on graduation night, but when he attempts to comfort a friend whose date has left her stranded, things go terribly wrong.

Lily and Taylor

Moser, Elise.


After her older sister is murdered in a horrific incident of domestic abuse, Taylor begins a new life in a new town. She meets Lily, whose open, warm manner conceals a difficult personal life of her own, coping with her brain-injured mother. The two girls embark on a tentative friendship. But just when life seems to be smoothing out, Taylor's abusive boyfriend, Devon, arrives on the scene, and before they know it, the girls find themselves in a situation that is both scary, and incredibly dangerous.

So much it hurts

Polak, Monique.


A teen actress gets involved with an older director, whose explosive temper and controlling behavior threaten to destroy her life.

If you really loved me

Schraff, Anne E.


Destini Fletcher hates Tubman High from day one. When Tyron Becker singles her out, Destini is thrilled to be a part of Tyron's crowd. But he scorns her budding friendships with Alonee, Jaris, and Sami, and mocks her attempts to earn good grades. Do her excuses for Tyron's increasingly brutal behavior and bad attitude put her at risk?.

Leslie's journal

Stratton, Allan.


Leslie's journal records her troubles at school, at home, and with her best friend, not to mention the problems that come with a new relationship.


Weyn, Suzanne.


Keah Robinson, a cheerleader, is beaten by her boyfriend Ty Hendricks, a star running back, and has him arrested for assault, but she struggles with her own inner conflicts after she testifies against him in court.

The Mockingbirds

Whitney, Daisy.


When Alex, a junior at an elite preparatory school, realizes that she may have been the victim of date rape, she confides in her roommates and sister who convince her to seek help from a secret society, the Mockingbirds.

Breaking beautiful

Wolf, Jennifer Shaw.


Allie is overwhelmed when her boyfriend, Trip, dies in a car accident, leaving her scarred and unable to recall what happened that night, but she feels she must uncover the truth, even if it could hurt the people who tried to save her from Trip's abuse.

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