April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Penguin Teen stands with SAAM. We’re committed to helping keep the conversation going all month long. We find that books can often help us talk about difficult topics – so here are 7 books to help you start a conversation.
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
After painter Artemisia Gentileschi was sexually assaulted, she faced a terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost. She chose truth. This bold novel in verse is a portrait of an artist as a young woman, filled with the soaring highs of creative inspiration and the devastating setbacks of a system built to break her.
The Fall of Innocence by Jenny Torres Sanchez
For the past eight years, sixteen-year-old Emilia DeJesus has done her best to move on from the traumatic attack she suffered in the woods behind her elementary school. But when a startling discovery about her attacker’s identity comes to light, Emilia is forced to confront her new reality.
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
After she’s assaulted at cheer camp, Hermione Winters faces a wrenching decision and struggles to regain the control she’s always had. A brave and unforgettable story that will inspire readers to rethink how we treat survivors.
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
When a classmate attempts to rape Annabel over the summer, she reacts by isolating herself from everyone – but it’s through building new relationships that she’s finally able to confront what happened.
Pointe by Brandy Colbert
When Theo’s best friend Donovan returns home four years after his kidnapping, she’ll have to reconcile secrets from her past with her dreams for the future.
The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter
Exploring toxic relationships, psychological damage, and coming to terms with the past, this is Cassie’s journey to learn to love herself after her mother commits her to a mental institution.
Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
This gritty novel written in verse follows high schooler Anke’s struggle to find her voice in spite of an abusive family life.
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