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A Reading List for Tweens and Teens About Relationships

It’s not always easy starting a conversation with the young people in our lives about what a healthy relationship looks like or what to look out for if a relationship turns unhealthy.  It’s difficult to know the right thing to say or the right way to explain something.  As the Youth Program Manager, I have experienced firsthand young people’s desire to learn more about this topic.  And, they don’t always want to hear it from a stranger, they want to hear it from YOU.

Here are a few books from A Mighty Girl that will help you start the conversation with the young person in your life.  Although the books are geared towards a tween or teen reader, try reading it with them and discussing the book along the way.  It could even be a weekly or biweekly tradition!

  1. Drama
    Written by: Raina Telgemeier
    Recommended Age: 10 and up
  2. Stargirl
    Written by: Jerry Spinelli
    Recommended Age: 11 – 16
  3. Born Confused
    Written by: Tanuja Desai Hidier
    Recommended Age: 14 and up
  4. Forever…
    Written by: Judy Blume
    Recommended Age: 14 and up
  5. Eleanor and Park
    Written by: Rainbow Rowell
    Recommended Age: 14 and up

These are just a few books from a long list.  You may find an additional reading list here. The key to starting a conversation about healthy vs. unhealthy relationships is simple. START THE CONVERSATION. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to happen.  For additional resources, do not hesitate to contact me at  You can also tell the tween or teen in your life to follow me on SnapChat (DVNLinds) for relationship resources and to watch a 30 year old use SnapChat!

Have a wonderful day, Network!

Stay Kind,

Lindsay Stawick
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