Location: Relation-Ship-It May
Audience: Teens, Teen Reads, Teen Events, Teen Health
About this Program: Relation-Ship-It is a book group for teenagers where we discuss LGBTQ relationships through Young Adult Fiction. The book group is a partnership between Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM), Through These Doors (TTD), and the Lewiston & Portland public libraries.
Our May 2021 book is Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up with Me by Mariko Tamaki
All Freddy Riley wants is for Laura Dean to stop breaking up with her. The day they got together was the best one of Freddy’s life, but nothing’s made sense since. Laura Dean is popular, funny, and SO CUTE … but she can be really thoughtless, even mean. Their on-again, off-again relationship has Freddy’s head spinning – and Freddy’s friends can’t understand why she keeps going back. When Freddy consults the services of a local mystic, the mysterious Seek-Her, she isn’t thrilled with the advice she receives. But something’s got to give: Freddy’s heart is breaking in slow motion, and she may be about to lose her very best friend as well as her last shred of self-respect. Fortunately for Freddy, there are new friends, and the insight of advice columnist Anna Vice, to help her through being a teenager in love. Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell bring to life a sweet and spirited tale of young love that asks us to consider what happens when we ditch the toxic relationships we crave to embrace the healthy ones we need.
For full information about this series and our partners, please see below.
About the Series » Relation-Ship-It Teen Book Group
Relation-Ship-It is a book group for teenagers where we discuss LGBTQ relationships through Young Adult Fiction. The book group is a partnership between Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM), Through These Doors (TTD), and the Lewiston & Portland public libraries.
Relation-Ship-It focuses on a new book each month with two virtual meetings per month on Zoom and an opportunity for in between discussion on Discord. Teens can sign-up to join for all three books or just the books they are interested in. The group is open to any interested teen and new members can join at any time, though there will be a sign-up deadline for each book. New copies of each book will be provided free of charge to participating teens. For more information about each book we’ll be reading, see the events listed below.
Registration for the April session is full! Check back later for May info.
About SARSSM: Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine provides free services in York and Cumberland counties to anyone affected by sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexual abuse, through a 24/7 helpline, prevention programing, support groups, education, and advocacy. We have been providing services since 1973.
About TTD: Cumberland County Maine’s domestic violence resource center providing a full array of services to people experiencing domestic abuse and related issues. Offering community education, prevention, and training on domestic abuse to Cumberland County and engaging in efforts to hold perpetrators of abuse accountable for their actions.
About the Grant: This project was supported by Grant No. 2018-CY-AX-0002 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.