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Jones, Patrick.
THINGS CHANGE
New York : Walker Publishing Company, 2004
IL YA
ISBN 0802789013
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PerfectionÖ. itís a goal I have been working towards my whole life. See, my mother demands it Ė I have to have great grades, a perfect SAT score, not waste time on boys, never do anything I am not supposed to do, basically be perfect. Since I have been dating Paul, who my parents HATE, perfection is something he expects, too. Donít talk too much, donít disagree, donít spend time with my best friend, and donít have any other guy friends. If I am not perfect Paul shows me his anger, and my body and face show the bruises. I started this relationship with Paul. I asked him to kiss me. Now that we are together I had no idea what I was getting into Ė or how I wasnít the only girlfriend Paul hit. I love him, but can I stay with him? It keeps getting worse and worse. Read my story to see if I can make Things Change.  (Prepared by: Charlene Zehner for SCASL Young Adult Awards, 2008)
SUBJECTS:     Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
                        Dating violence -- Fiction.
                        Emotional problems -- Fiction.
                        Self-perception -- Fiction.
                        Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.

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