Although there are methodological problems accurately determining prevalence rates, a conservative estimate is that one in three adolescents has experienced physical or sexual violence in a dating relationship (Avery-Leaf, Cascardi, O'Leary, & Cano, 1997).
These rates are higher when verbal abuse is included in the definition.
There is considerable controversy regarding whether violence in teen dating relationships involves mutual aggression and indeed several studies report higher rates of inflicting violence for females (Foshee, 1996; Gray & Foshee, 1997; O'Keefe, 1997).
Most obvious is the greater physical harm that can be inflicted by male violence due to males' often greater size and strength.
Compared to boys, girls are more likely to sustain injuries and require medical treatment as a result of the violence (Makepeace, 1987).
Fault Line by Christa Desir Goodreads | Amazon | My review 2013. Until it Hurts to Stop by Jennifer Hubbard Goodreads | Amazon 2013. Ethan likes sex, and he seeks out willing partners that don’t require emotional investment. A nuanced portrayal of “how” and “why” someone can be sucked into an abusive relationship.
A boy struggles to support his girlfriend, who was raped at a party he did not attend. A bullied girl suffers from low self esteem which leads to poor relationship decisions. A Girl who is the daughter of the basketball coach at an elite school struggles with coming forward when one of his players assaults her. Rumors circulate about a girl who hooks up with two guys at a party and is in a car crash because she was sexting. When he hooks up with the wrong girl, he’s severely beaten by other young men. A high school cheerleader is slipped a drug and raped at cheer camp, but her friends and family rally around her as she copes with the trauma and seeks therapy.
He tells her a story of a queen who is mistreated, and she realizes that it has basis in reality.
by Elize Moser Goodreads | Amazon | My review 2013.
His journey of redemption is quite interesting, and the entire series deals with issues of consent in important yet understated ways. Young woman’s boyfriend becomes increasingly controlling, jealous, and abusive. A successful young girl dates a troubled boy, and he becomes physically and emotionally abusive.
Secondary character, Froi, who is the titular character of the sequel, attempt to assault the heroine in one important scene. But I Love Him by Amanda Grace Goodreads | Amazon 2011.
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(still a work in progress as of 2/14/16) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobksy Goodreads | Amazon | My review 1999. (Note: Although I haven’t read it, from my understanding this one is pretty graphic, and though it is considered YA, we shelve it in adult fiction at my library, which is a decision made before I started selecting for YA). Live Through This by Mindi Scott Goodreads | Amazon 2012.