- Tackles tough preteen issues with reader-friendly information and advice
- "Further Resources" list includes books, websites, and organizations that can help
- High-interest topics
- Sidebars and features for added interest
3/1/05 School Library Journal
Facts and advice, interspersed with stories of date violence, make this book educational as well as illustrative. Landau helps those who are new to dating to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy relationships by providing understandable warning signs of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. In the "Dating 101" section, the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension's research-based guidelines list the nonnegotiable principles of healthy dating. The cycle of domestic violence, date rape and date-rape drugs, legal issues, and getting help are covered. This book will help young people make informed decisions and more wisely navigate the emotionally charged, confusing issues associated with adolescent relationships. It expands on the help offered in John Hicks's Dating Violence (Millbrook, 1996) and Scott A. Johnson's When "I Love You" Turns Violent (New Horizon, 1993). An easy-to-read selection for self-help collections.