Two years after watching her kidnappers go to prison, Naomi Jensen is still in love with one of them. Jesse will be released in a few years, and Naomi knows college is the perfect distraction while she waits. But when her new friend Finn makes her question what is right and what is wrong, she begins to wonder if Jesse is the one for her … until she discovers he’s out on parole. Naomi must sort through her confusion to figure out where love and freedom truly lie—in Finn, who has no connections to her past, or Jesse, who has just asked her to run away with him. Pieces is a companion to The Breakaway and can be read independently, if desired. Add Pieces to your reading list on Goodreads | Buy Pieces now at Amazon & B&N
GUEST POST – SEX IN YA
Everyone seems to have a different opinion on what is appropriate in young adult fiction. Is swearing something we should all be okay with since teenagers hear that sort of thing every day at school? If characters in young adult fiction are having sex, are we saying as a society that it’s okay for our own teenagers to have sex so early? What about drug use and underage drinking? The things adults fear for their own teens are the very things teens want to read about and explore. So, why is that?
I’ve always laughed when I hear of a mother getting flustered and upset if she finds out her daughter read a young adult novel that has sex in it. I’m not talking about detailed erotic sex or pornographic sex descriptions—I’m talking about just the fact that two characters sleep together and they happen to be teenagers. Why do I laugh about that? I laugh because it is mind boggling to me that a parent would get upset about something that is talked about and thought about probably on a daily basis for an average teenager, and instead of sitting down to talk to her teen about sex, I’ve heard of mothers calling those kinds of books evil and then banning them from the teen’s reach. To me, I see this kind of reaction accomplishing only one thing—creating even more allure to the forbidden. We all know what happens with that …
My novel The Breakaway is young adult, but its sequel Pieces is technically new adult. There is sex in both books, but I haven’t heard any complaints about it (which surprises me, honestly). I’ve even heard readers call the books clean, but to some readers, I’m sure they aren’t “clean” because my main character is a teenager and has sex. My stand on sex in young adult is that I don’t see it as a problem at all. In fact, I think it’s important for teens to read about the consequences and issues of having sex so early. It’s realistic for characters in young adult fiction to deal with the same issues real teenagers are facing. I do have a problem when sex in young adult fiction crosses the line into erotica, but that’s another post altogether!
OTHER WORK BY MICHELLE DAVIDSON ARGYLE
When Naomi Jensen is kidnapped, it takes her parents two days to realize she’s missing. Escape isn’t high on her list of priorities when all she has to return to is an abusive boyfriend and parents who never paid much attention to her. For the first time in her life she’s part of a family—even if it is a family of criminals. But she’s still a captive. In a desperate attempt to regain some control in her life, Naomi embarks on a dangerous plan to make one of her kidnappers think she’s falling in love with him. The plan works too well, and when faced with the chance to escape, Naomi isn’t sure she wants to take it. Add The Breakaway to your reading list at Goodreads | Buy The Breakaway now at Amazon | B&N
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle lives and writes in Utah, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. She loves the seasons, but late summer and early fall are her favorites. She adores chocolate, sushi, and lots of ethnic food, and loves to read and write books in whatever time she can grab between her sword-wielding husband and energetic daughter. She believes a simple life is the best life.
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