Title: In Love and In Danger: A Teen’s Guide to Breaking Free of Abusive Relationships
Author: Barrie Levy
Recommended for: grade 7 & up
Call Number/Link: Teen Fiction 362.88 LEV
Synopsis: With one out of eleven high school students in the past year experiencing some form of physical abuse — being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend — young adults need to know where they can turn for help. Even more teens (as high as ninety-six percent) reported emotional and psychological abuse in their relationships.
This revised and updated edition for teenagers who have questions about abusive dating relationships helps them understand the causes and consequences of their situation, learn what they can do about it, find help from parents and other adults, and discover how to build healthier relationships. In Love and in Danger is one of the only books available on dating violence and abusive relationships that addresses young adults directly in a straightforward and non-condescending manner. Included are facts about dating violence, tips for how to tell if your relationship is abusive, information on why dating abuse happens, and what you can do if you are being abused by (or are abusing) someone you love. Packed with practical advice and compelling interviews with teens, this edition features updated information and statistics, an expanded resource section, and a new afterword by the author.
Review: We don’t own this on in our collection and, at the moment, I’m going back and forth on if I’ll add it or not. There is some really, really good information in it. I really like how he broke some of it down and gave explanation to the different kind of abuse. However, there are parts that just don’t work for me. For example, the opening chapter is all teen stories, but they don’t quite work for teens. They’re more about teens who are pulled out of their family homes more than normal day-to-day dating. The little blurbs/quotes given through the rest of the book work way better. Also, there was a safety plan at the end that was more geared toward college age or adults. Most of it would really work for our grade 6 – 12 teens. There is also a part where he says “if you stay” which makes me cringe because no one should stay in an abusive relationship. I think better phrasing would have be “if you can’t get out yet…” or something like that.
I am leaning towards buying it because 90% of it is really go and there are hardly any books for teens on this topic.