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The Breakable Vow Paperback – January 6, 2004
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"The topic was well recieved and the students really got into the book." -- Karla Fiaoni, J.D. Adjunct Professor Governor's State University
"This book provides the reader with the shocking reality of dating abuse. It allows the reader to enter the world..." -- Sr. Mary Therese Mount Assisi Academy Lemont, Illinois --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As soon as I got home, I called the school to report the incident. I was connected to an administrator who cut off my narrative to ask, "Did this happen on school property?"
"No," I said, "It happened at the light on 115th..."
"Well, then--it did not happen on our property, so it's not really our problem. Thanks and have a nice day."
That reaction was almost as shocking as incident itself.
Unfortunately, the admin's response is all too common. Annie, the protagonist in "The Breakable Vow," musters the courage several times to seek help. Not only is she shot down and dismissed, but when her husband finds out that she's been "disloyal" to him, he feels compelled to smack her around some more to teach her a lesson.
My daughter read this book as part of her (all-girl) high school's effort to raise awareness about abusive relationships.Read more ›
In the United States, the greatest increase in partner violence is in the group of young woman 13-18 years old and Ms. Clarke's well-written and compelling story reaches this audience in a book every young woman should read. I recommend this keen and poignant novel for every teen's bookshelf-- male or female. Give it as a gift to every young woman you know as she enters high school or graduates. Give as a gift to every young man you know as a reminder that controlling behavior is hurtful and wrong. As parents, we can take the lessons from this well-told story and learn how to be more understanding and concretely helpful to the young women and men we know who may find themselves in relationships they are simply not prepared to handle. Congratulations to Ms. Clarke for a superb story about a topic we all need to understand.
I know how difficult it is to articulate the confusion and chaos of that turmoil. Ms. Clarke has done this better than any other writer I have read on the subject. What Anna Quindlen's "Black and Blue" did for the understanding of domestic violence in marriage, let this be the bible for young women and men understanding violence in dating relationships.
I recommend that every teen read this book -- they'll be glad in the future that they did.
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I read this book in middle school had to order it! It's amazing!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I gave this book 4 stars because I happen to know that this is a true and factual story and also because the information at the back of the book detailing what the indicators are... Read morePublished on November 10, 2012 by Carla M. Sicotte
I received this book in the mail exactly when I was I would. It was in great condition, just like the description said.Published on April 18, 2011 by shannonk
I was a bit disappointed because the book was not in as good of condition as described. However, being I didn't pay much for it, I am not too upset. Read morePublished on July 20, 2010 by Sam K
First off, this book is not fiction. A few things might be, but overall its a truthful tale. I have met the author and I have great respect for the courage and time she spend... Read morePublished on March 4, 2009 by John C. Darland
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In 2001 there was reported 691,710 cases of non-fatal violence from spouses,... Read more
This is one of the best books I've ever read! I couldn't put it down once I started it. I had to find out what happened to Annie and Mary. Everything seemed so realistic. Read morePublished on December 15, 2005 by Ralph Gallardo
This book is about 2 teenagers who meet and fall in love.....yeah it sounds like a sappy love story but it's not. Read morePublished on December 13, 2005 by Bayyinah_Rose
I loved this book. It was so sad, but seemed so very realistic. The way she described Kevin and how he acted put chills up my spine, it scared me so much ,i didnt read it for... Read morePublished on May 16, 2005 by Leelou