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November 4, 2016

Love and Abuse --- Guest Post by Amy Fellner Dominy, Author of DIE FOR YOU

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Here at Teenreads, we love a good YA romance. But there's another side of love that is, sadly, often under-discussed in young adult novels: abuse. While we would all like to believe that we will know immediately when we are being mistreated, the reality of the situation is that abuse is often difficult to identify initially and oftentimes nearly impossible to escape. In her new book, DIE FOR YOU, author Amy Fellner Dominy takes a keen look at romantic relationships and abuse and asks readers to consider the realities of these complicated situations. Read below to learn more about her book and find out about an amazing presale opportunity!

Imagine that the person you love tells you they would die for you. Can you feel the flutter of your heart…the hitch of your breath?

It’s so romantic, right?

Now, imagine that this person means it. Literally. Imagine they have a knife or a gun and they’re willing to use it.  Unless you promise to…well, whatever they want you to promise.

That’s not romantic. That’s frightening. And it happens more than you might imagine.

It happened to a friend of mine.

She was so afraid that her boyfriend would kill himself, that she married him.

That happened many years ago, but I never forgot it. It turned out to be the inspiration for my new novel, DIE FOR YOU.

DIE FOR YOU is a story about Emma and Dillon, two seniors in high school who love each other very much. But when circumstances threaten to separate them, Dillon is afraid he’ll lose Emma. Just how far will he go to keep her by his side? 

This is a story that touches on a kind of abuse that doesn’t leave bruises: Emotional abuse.

  • If only you loved me enough, you’d______.
  • You don’t trust me or else you’d_______.
  • I’d do anything for you, why won’t you______.
  • If you leave, I’ll kill myself.

As I did research, I discovered that 1/3rd of high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship. Maybe you know someone who was, or maybe you were once…or maybe you’re in an unhealthy relationship right now but you’re not really sure.  It’s not always easy to know with emotional abuse. That’s why loveisrespect.org has a ton of information about this, including a quiz you can take to find out if your relationship is a healthy one.

I hope DIE FOR YOU will keep you on the edge of your seat; I also hope it will convince you of one thing: If someone asks you to give up who you are, what you are or how you feel --- that’s not healthy.


Gift with Pre-Order

One of the key messages of this story is about taking care of ourselves. That’s a key I want to share with every reader!

Pre-order by November 7th from Changing Hands Bookstore, and you’ll also receive this specially designed key necklace and quote card. Click here to order today!