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Annie McGowan is eighteen years old, smart, wisecracking, fun-loving . . . a typical teenager. Yet circumstances force Annie out of the security of high school and into a world of problems all her own. Faced with an unexpected pregnancy and a turbulent, violent relationship with her boyfriend, Kevin, Annie's life begins to spiral out of control. And though her worst fears about Kevin are realized, in the heat of the moment, she finds the courage to fight back.
First-time author and domestic violence expert Kathryn Ann Clarke brings clarity and compassion to an often hotly debated issue. In this inspiring debut novel, one remarkable young woman faces the most difficult odds and emerges on the other side -- whole.
The Breakable Vow features a special educational Classroom Guide section in the back of the book that discusses: How to Recognize the Danger Signs of an Abusive Relationship, Safety Planning, Break-Up Planning, Cycle of Violence, Questions to Ask About the New Person in Your Life, and much more.
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Kathryn Clarke has extensive experience in the field of domestic violence. Clarke worked in the criminal court system for fifteen years, assisting battered women. As a national speaker and instructor, Clarke trained thousands of police officers, judges, states' attorneys, and counselors. A former victim, Clarke brings realism and clarity to an often confusing issue. In recent years she has shifted her focus to prevention, providing consulting and program implemention to schools, churches, and women's groups. She currently resides in County Cavan, Ireland, with her husband and five children.From School Library Journal:
Grade 9 Up Annie, 18, is looking forward to the rest of her life. She's been in a relationship with Kevin, and they are certain that they're in love. He has a temper, but that doesn't concern her because she knows that he cares deeply for her. Several weeks after spending a night together, Annie discovers that she is pregnant, and her life begins to spin out of control. Deeply religious, she refuses to accept Kevin's offer of money for an abortion, and, after a tumultuous pregnancy, has a baby girl. Her partner's abuse ebbs and flows, and his threats and her fear that he will take Mary from her keep Annie in the marriage. It takes a final, violent event to prove to Annie that she has to break free--but is it too late? Unfortunately, the novel is marred by awkward sentence structure and didacticism. While the conversations between characters are more realistic, teens will be put off by the pedantic tone of the narration. This is an important topic, but the book is too long and rambling to hold the interest of young adults.--Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI
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