Sex, Prostitution & Abuse

Especially for girls on sex, boys, sexual abuse, prostitution, etc.  Face it: teens like to read about blood, gore and angst except when they are reading stuff like Drama High and Kimani Tru. So…. yeah, these are depressing! 


Adams, Lenora. Baby Girl

Bell, Julia. Dirty Work

Booth, Coe. Kendra

Buckhanon, Kalisha. Upstate

Coley, Liz. Pretty Girl 13

Davidson, Dana. Jason and Kyra

Davidson, Dana. Played

Davis, Amanda. Wonder When You’ll Miss Me

Desir, C. Bleed Like Me

Dessen, Sarah. Dreamland

DeVine, Eric. Tap Out

De Vries, Anke. Bruises

Donoghue, Emma. Room

Draper, Sharon. Panic

Fehlbaum, Beth. Hope in Patience

Flake, Sharon. Who Am I Without Him?

Frank, E.R. Dime

Giles, Gail. What Happened to Cass McBride?

Godfrey, Rebecca. The Torn Skirt

Goobie, Beth. Who Owns Kelly Paddik?

Greene, Michele Dominquez. Keep Sweet

Hopkins, Ellen. Burned

Jordan, Dream. Bad Boy

Kern, Peggy. Little Peach 

Langan, Paul. Survivor

Leavitt, Martine. My Book of Life by Angel. Life on the streets, with all the struggle, soul, and poetry.  (SLJReview)

Marcus, Kimberly. Exposed

McCaffrey, Kate. In Ecstasy

McCormick, Patricia. Sold

Morris, Monique. Too Beautiful for Words

Nolan, Han. Pregnant Pause

O’Neill, Heather. Lullabies for Little Criminals

Ostow, Micol. Family

Pollack, Monique. On the Game

Purcell, Kim. Trafficked

Sapphire, Push

Schraff Anne. Someone to Love Me

Scott, Elizabeth. Living Dead Girl

Sitomer, Alan Lawrence. Secret Story of Sonia Rodriquez

Stratton, Allan. Leslie’s Journal

Thorne, Melanie. Hand Me Down (adult – kind of slow)

Waldman, Ayelet. Daughter’s Keeper

Weyer, Hannah. On the Come Up: A Novel, Based on a True Story.

Williams, Carol Lynch. Glimpse

Williams, Harry Louis. Straight Outta East Oakland 2: Trapped on the Tracks

Williams, Lori Aurelia. Broken China
Workman, P.D. Ruby, Between the Cracks
Workman, P.D. Tattooed Teardrops 


Alison, Dorothy. Bastard Out of Carolina

Arnoldi, Katherine. Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mother

Bonelli, Patricia. Owning Patricia: A Story of Breaking Free

Brown, Cupcake. A Piece of Cake

Brown, Marvelyn. The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive

Cohen, Kerry. Loose Girl: a Memoir of Promiscuity

Dugard, Jaycee. A Stolen Life

Elliott, Jane. the Little Prisoner

Golden, Arthur. Memoirs of a Geisha

Hayes, Sophie. Trafficked. My Story of Surviving, Escaping and Transcending Abduction into Prostitution

Henson, Maria Rosa. Comfort Women: A Filipina’s Story of Prostitution and Slavery Under the Japanese Military

Higgins, Janice. There Were No Children Here (series)

Knight, Michelle. Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed, A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings

Lloyd, Rachel. Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself

Mam, Somaly. Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine

Mendez-Negrete, Josie. Las hijas de Juan: Daughters Betrayed

Nazar, Mende. Slave: My True Story

Opdyke, Irene Gut. In My Hands: Memoir of a Holocaust Rescuer

Peltzer, Dave. A Child Called It

Phelps, Carrisa. Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets, One Helping Hand at a Time

Rodriguez, Teresa. Daughters of Juarez: A True Story of  Serial Murder South of the Border

Scheers, Julia. Jesus Land

Sher, Julian. Somebody’s Daughter: The Hidden Story of Prostituted Children and the Battle to Save Them

Sharpley-Whiting, T. Denean. Pimps Up, Ho’s Down: Hip Hops Hold on Young Black Women

Smart, Elizabeth. My Story

Smith, Kemba and Monique Morris. Poster Child: The Kemba Smith Story. It was easy falling in love with a drug dealer, it was hard paying for his crimes.

Oh, Alright, I’ll throw in a few  books along the lines of healing…

Bean, Barbara and Shari Bennett. The Me Nobody Knows: A guide for teen survivors.

Evans, Patrica. Teen Torment. Overcoming Verbal Abuse at Home and at School. 

Gil, Eliana. Outgrowing the Pain: A Book for and about Adults Abused as Children

Kirberger, Kimberly. Teen Love On Relationships

Levy, Barrie. In Love and Danger: a Teen’s Guide to Breaking Free of Abusive Relationships

Mather Cynthia L. How Long Does It Hurt?: A Guide to Recovering from Incest and Sexual Abuse for Teenagers, Their Friends, and Their Families

Pierce-Baker, Charlotte. Surviving the Silence: Black Women’s Stories of Rape

Shiraz, Yasmin. The Blueprint for My Girls : How to Build a Life Full of Courage, Determination and Self-Love

Shiraz, Yasmin. The Blueprint for My Girls in Love: 99 Rules for Dating, Relationships and Intimacy

Ward, Francine. 52 Weeks of Esteemable Acts: A Guide to Right Living

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