I want teens to have the best resources when it comes to serious topics like abusive relationships. I also think that these books need to be styled in such away that it won’t discourage young people from using the material. I don’t think this book does the job effectively.
The cover art and illustrations leave a bit to be desired. The pictures are disturbing in that I think too many people
would wouldn’t call a relationship abusive unless it is physically violent. Even though the book does address situations of female on male abuse and emotional abuse, it is still lacking on what constitutes an abusive relationship.
Regardless, this book is a weeder just because the content is over 20 years old. It isn’t necessarily wrong, but any material this old, especially in a teen section, is questionable.
Teen focused collections really need to be up to date. Health and safety issues need to be as current as possible. For teens, the library may be the only source of support.
Finally, I want to point out the first page where there is a disturbance in the library. I can’t think of anyone in my universe of library colleagues that would let the incident described in the first chapter go unchecked.