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Fault Line

Janet Tashjian

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

A hard-hitting novel that breaks open the gritty world of teen relationship abuse, by the author of The Gospel According to Larry

"Unlike Abby, I hadn't had a boyfriend since Peter last year, and even that was stretching the definition of boyfriend way past anything Webster would recognize. I had better luck holding the attention of a roomful of people in a comedy club than a guy-I couldn't decide if that was good or just plain pathetic."

Seventeen-year-old Becky Martin-smart, funny, ambitious-aspires to be a stand-up comic. While setting out to make her goal a reality, she meets Kip Costello, a rising star in the San Francisco comedy-club scene. And what could be better than an intense boyfriend who cares about every detail of her life? But Becky soon discovers a darker side to Kip, where emotional and physical abuse grow hand-in-hand. As the relationship goes from loving to controlling, Becky must find the courage to get help before it's too late.

In this powerful novel, Janet Tashjian tackles the difficult and complex subject of teen relationship abuse from the viewpoints of both the victim and the perpetrator, showing that there are no easy answers for either-but many brave survivors.

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Fault Line
Take my life ... please.Laughter is one of the only things in life you can count on to bail you out of anything. Even when you're grief-stricken, shocked, or petrified, laughter can bring you back to that place deep inside that knows there's life beyond your pain. I remember the day I learned this in my bones: my uncle Danny had just died, and my mother had spent most of the morning sobbing at the kitchen table. I was maybe four at the time, feeling more helpless than usual. My father had brought up some extra chairs from the basement for all the relatives who would be coming in from
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Praise for Fault Line

A Book Sense Children's 76 Winter 2003-2004 edition Top Ten at #8
A Teen People "Now" section pick

"[A] thoughtful and involving work on a complicated subject, and it'll set a lot of readers talking." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Tashjian's novel succeeds where it breaks away from the norm." -Voice of Youth Advocates

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Janet Tashjian

  • Janet Tashjian is the author of acclaimed books for young adults, including The Gospel According to Larry, Vote for LarryMultiple Choice and My Life as a Book. Disney adapted Tru Confessions into a television movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. Tashjian studied at the University of Rhode Island and Emerson College. She lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her family.
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    Janet Tashjian
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Fault Line

Janet Tashjian

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