ya saves challenge april focus

YA Saves Reading ChallengeThis month, Patricia and I will be talking about books featuring abuse – abuse by parents, partners and others. I have had limited experience with this subject personally, but know that it is, unfortunately, an all-too-common occurrence. And here is where the YA Saves part comes in: if a young person finds themself in a situation where they are abused, maybe there is a book out there that will speak to them. Perhaps they read a book where one of the characters is going through an experience similar to their own. If that character finds a way out and finds a way to heal, maybe the reader will find hope and inspiration for their own lives. Maybe that will give them the courage they need to ask a trusted friend or adult for help.

Throughout the month, we will highlight books that cover this topic, but for now, here is a sample list. If you have a suggestion for a book to be included, please let me know.

Burned by Ellen Hopkins
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
Hush by Eishes Chayil, Judy Brown
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
Safe by Susan Shaw
Pieces of Us by Margie Gelbwasser
Connection by Jo Ramsey

The April page includes the linky for your April YA Saves reviews. Don’t forget to link-up when you review a book for the challenge!

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I love to hear your thoughts and read every single one of them.

  1. Jo Ramsey’s Reality Shift series’ main character has a very abusive mother.

  2. Again, such an important topic. I think this topic in particular can really help comfort youth who are experiencing abuse, because it shows there is hope, and there is a way to get help. I look forward to finding some new books through your reviews. I’ve been working with the local branch of a woman’s organization doing research on women’s experience of violence and the criminal justice system all year now so I don’t know if I’ll jump right in and read some of these near the end of the month, I might give myself a break for a bit, but I’ll definitely be checking some of these out, especially Safe!

    • thebusybibliophile says:

      Wow, I bet you’ve learned a lot from that research. I think it might make me angry, to learn what those women go through. Let me know what you think of the books you do end up reading.

  3. Another suggestion:
    Split by Swati Avasthi

    And a different kind of abuse, but still considered abuse I think:
    Dirty Little Secrets by CJ Omololu