A hard-hitting novel that breaks open the gritty world of teen relationship abuse
Seventeen-year-old Becky Martin dreams of being a stand-up comic. She also craves the affection of a boyfriend. When attractive Kip, a rising star in the San Francisco comedy club scene, comes into Becky’s life, she thinks she’s found her soul mate. But she soon discovers that Kip has a dark side, and control and jealousy appear to be the price she must pay for his love. Will Becky find the strength and courage to get help?In this powerful novel, Janet Tashjian tackles the difficult subject of teen relationship abuse from the viewpoints of both the victim and the perpetrator.
“[A] thoughtful and involving work on a complicated subject, and it’ll set a lot of readers talking.”
-The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Insightful, — Will hit teens on a visceral level.”
“Tashjian’s novel succeeds where it breaks away from the norm.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates
“Janet Tashjian’s refreshingly different take on a sobering and pervasive issue for teens rings solidly true. Tashjian has crafted a novel that promotes both empathy and understanding about adolescent abusive relationships. An expert at balancing the humorous with the bittersweet, Tashjian examines a deadly serious topic.”
-The Horn Book
A Book Sense Children’s Top Ten
A Teen People “Now” section pick
Starred Review, School Library Journal
This novel is taught in several classes to discuss the important subject of dating violence and emotional abuse. It is also used in many support groups for both boys and girls.