Sexual Violence in YA Literature

Sexual Violence in YA Literature


Figure 1. Trish, Christa, and me (plus our books!)
image courtesy Teen Librarian Toolbox


Here’s the link to the Google Hangout I did with Karen Jensen of Teen Librarian’s Toolbox, Trish Doller (Something Like Normal, Where The Stars Still Shine) and Christa Desir (Fault Line, Bleed Like Me)!

Here are some of the books & articles we discussed:

Challenging Casanova: Beyond the stereotype of the promiscuous young male by Andrew P. Smiler, Ph.D.
The Gift of Fear & Protecting The Gift by Gavin DeBecker
The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

“Rape on TV: More than just a plot twist” by Jaclyn Friedman in The American Prospect

“Can we stop using rape as a plot device?” by Clementine Ford in Daily Life 

“This is a post about literary rape” by Maggie Stiefvater on her Tumblr

Other great titles that deal with sexual violence, sexual abuse, and sexual coming-of-age:

Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn (2014 William C. Morris Award Winner for Debut YA Fiction)
Pointeby Brandy Colbert
Live Through Thisby Mindi Scott
The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith
Purity by Jackson Pearce
Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman
September Girls by Bennett Madison
Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Losing It by Keith Gray, editor
Swimming Sweet Arrow by Maureen Gibbon
Kiss It by Erin Downing
Once Upon A River by Bonnie Jo Campbell
Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas
The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard
Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers
Boy Toy by Barry Lyga
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Shine by Lauren Myracle
Target by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson
Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
Ordinary Ghosts by Eireann Corrigan






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