Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak. Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1999.
In Laurie Halse Anderson's powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.
Kiely, Brandon. Tradition. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2018.
Attending an elite prep school where outdated and permissive sexual traditions allow the school's athletes to seduce female students while the administration looks the other way, a girl who wants only to keep her head down and a scholarship athlete enduring high expectations recognize their pain in each other and forge a relationship that is complicated by brutal peer dynamics.
Backman, Fredrik. Beartown. Washington Square Press, 2018.
Beartown’s junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected. Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain.
Leung, Hilary. Will Ladybug Hug?Cartwheel Books, 2018.
Meet Ladybug. Ladybug loves to hug! Now Ladybug is getting ready to go on a trip and wants to say good-bye to her friends. . . but will her friends want to receive a hug? Find out in this surprising and memorable storybook all about friendship, high-fives, consent, and of course, hugs.
Lynch, Chris. Inexcusable. Simon & Schuster, 2015.
Having always been considered an all-around good guy with a strong reputation in his community, Keir's life is forever changed when his childhood friend, Gigi, accuses him of rape—forcing Keir to reevaluate the events of their evening together and come to terms with the truth.
Morrison, Eleanor. C is for Consent. Phonics with Finn, 2018.
Finn goes to a party with family and friends. His parents encourage him to make his own choices about receiving and offering physical affection. At the end of the story, Finn waits for consent before holding the hand of his female best friend. C is for Consent follows expert recommendations about letting kids make their own decisions regarding physical affection. The book teaches babies, toddlers, parents, and grandparents that it is okay for kids to say no to hugs and kisses, and that what happens to a person's body is up to them.
O’Neill, Louise. Asking For It. Quercus, 2016.
After beautiful eighteen-year-old Emma O'Donovan is found on her doorstep disheveled, bleeding, and disoriented, with no memory of the party she attended the night before, viral photographs from the party set off a criminal investigation that divides her quiet Irish town.
Padian, Maria. Wrecked. Algonquin Books, 2017.
On the same night college freshman Haley sustains a career-ending concussion on the soccer field, her bookish roommate Jenny arrives home shell-shocked from a wild party. The next morning, on the other side of campus, Jordan brags to his housemate, Richard, about the cute freshman he hooked up with. When Jenny formally accuses Jordan of rape, gossip spreads like wildfire through the campus.
Summers, Courtney. All the Rage.St. Martin's Griffin, 2015.
After being assaulted by the sheriff's son, Kellan Turner, Romy Grey was branded a liar and bullied by former friends, finding refuge only in the diner where she works outside of town, but when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing and news of him assaulting another girl gets out, Romy must decide whether to speak out again or risk having more girls hurt.