(still a work in progress as of 2/14/16) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobksy Goodreads | Amazon | My review 1999. (Note: Although I haven’t read it, from my understanding this one is pretty graphic, and though it is considered YA, we shelve it in adult fiction at my library, which is a decision made before I started selecting for YA). Live Through This by Mindi Scott Goodreads | Amazon 2012.Childhood sexual abuse, dating violence, and rape are all plot points in this touching novel. The story of a popular high school athlete who ends up raping a girl he claims to love. A young woman struggles with years of sexual abuse by a family member. A privileged girl befriends a troubled boy who is caring for his younger sister on his own. His journey of redemption is quite interesting, and the entire series deals with issues of consent in important yet understated ways. Young woman’s boyfriend becomes increasingly controlling, jealous, and abusive. A successful young girl dates a troubled boy, and he becomes physically and emotionally abusive. Secondary character, Froi, who is the titular character of the sequel, attempt to assault the heroine in one important scene. But I Love Him by Amanda Grace Goodreads | Amazon 2011.In early and mid-adolescence, teenagers often involve themselves in a series of short-term relationships, which may be labeled as "crushes," "being smitten," or even "falling in love." However, they are usually characterized by high emotional intensity and often last a short period of time.These brief relationships provide the necessary experience for future, more stable relationships in future life.
I highly recommend this title as an accurate portrayal of teen dating violence. by Carrie Mesrobian Goodreads | My Review | Amazon 2013. High school senior Zephyr is focused on field hockey and getting into Boston College, but still makes time for a new boy, Alec, who quickly becomes abusive, both physically and emotionally.
It encompasses a lot of genres (realistic fiction, dystopian fantasy, sci-fi, noir, horror, suspense, graphic novel) and is often read voluntarily by actual discerning adult humans.
Today, though, YA is a humungous publishing category; even though book publishing is in shaky shape, YA is one of the few categories to show growth.
But there’s also an increasing number of young-adult books that might be termed Jewy rather than Jewish. I’d argue that it’s merely an illustration of how acculturated Jews have become.
These books are set in contemporary, diverse high schools where some kids are Jewish and some aren’t. Contemporary novels reflect contemporary life; I don’t think they’re the best place for didactic moral lessons about the perils of interfaith dating.