by Melina Marchetta (2011 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2011 Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks) This epic fantasy is about a curse that has displaced half the people of Lumatere and left them without a homeland, while some are trapped inside the country, and Finnikin’s quest to find a way to break that curse and reunite his people with the help of a young novice, Evajalin.Although not a main plot point, a secondary character, Froi, attempts to assault Evajalin in one important scene that is crucial to his character arc.by Carrie Mesrobian (2014 Morris Award Honor Book) Ethan likes sex, and he seeks out willing partners that don’t require emotional investment.When he hooks up with the wrong girl, he’s severely beaten by other young men.Taylor has internalized abuse so deeply that she thinks she deserves it.Lily has become a keen observer of people so that she may anticipated and attempt to diffuse abusive situations.Froi’s story is the center of the two subsequent novels in the series, and his journey of redemption is compelling, The entire trilogy deals with issues of consent in important yet understated ways.While the setting may be fantastical, the concepts and conflicts are universal, with many parallels in real-life relationships and global conflicts.
Not only is his voice compelling and authentic, Desir’s portrayal of the pain and frustration of not knowing how to help someone you love work through their trauma and the guilt of believing you could have prevented it are heart-wrenching.
This short book will appeal to reluctant readers and is a great starting off point for a discussion about consent.
by Brandy Colbert Theo, an elite ballet dancer, copes with memories that resurface when her best friend, who was abducted years ago, returns.
by Courtney Summers Remy was a popular girl, until a boy she had a crush on—who happened to be the son of the Sheriff—raped her.
When she accuses him, she’s relentlessly bullied, even more so because she doesn’t conform to what people expect of victims. by Elise Moser There is a lot of truth in this novel that will make many readers uneasy and uncomfortable.
by Jennifer Brown (2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults) Many of these novels depict the aftermath of dating violence or sexual assault, but this novel shows how a new relationship can seem so romantic at first, but escalate through the cycle of violence as the abuser becomes increasingly jealous, emotionally manipulative, and physically violent.