The book describes the characteristics of an abusive relationship, how to stop it, why girls stay, and it also has stories from real girls and guys and their experiences in abusive relationships.
I really liked this book because it helped me understand why things were the way they were in an abusive realtionship I was in.
The stories always tied into the section of the book that you read, and the first part of the book where it talks about characteristics of an abusive realtionship, and why girls stay was my favorite.
There's a lot more to an abusive relationship than people think.
Great book that should be required reading for all high school girls. Jill Murray is an advice book to parents on how to deal with a daughter who was once in an abusive realtionship, or one who is in one.
If the author's statistics are correct and 1 out of 3 teenage girls suffers dating violence, the chance that something happens to one of my other girls is sadly quite high, and I ought to do what I can to stop it before it starts. Maybe I'm a sucker for psych books, but I really liked what this one had to say.
It's audience is the parents of a teenage girl who's already *in* a bad relationship, and discusses ways to talk with her and approach the situation with an objective eye, rather than buried in emotionally-charged accusations and counter-accusations which are far more common.
It also put me in the perspective of my parents when they had to watch me go through what I went through.
Also the real stories from real girls showed me that I'm not alone, and that other girls were capable of leaving their abusive relationships and moving on with their lives.
What's most alarming is that these warning signs are also some of the behaviours that girls find most flattering: A boy pages and calls a girl often – but as a form of control, not affection.