|Title:||Price Of Silence|
|Author First Name:||Judy|
|Author Last Name:||Baer|
|Co-Author First Name:|| |
|Co-Author Last Name:|| |
|Series:||Live From Brentwood High|
|Publisher:||Bethany House Publishers|
|Issue: Physical:||Physical Disability|
|Issue: Self Image:||None|
|Summary:||"I don't believe sexual abuse is real" spouts one of the students on the Brentwood High team. The others turned shocked at his statement. They had just decided to make that their next topic, and now one of them is denying that it is real? He finds out soon though, just how real and how common it is. One of their own is being sexually abused by her boss at work. One of their own has an older sister who's professor tried to rape her. It's going on right within their own school. Boys are writing extremely crude and derogatory statements about the girls on the locker room doors. The more the kids get into the study, the more they realize that on a small scale, this stuff is going on everywhere! Suggestive comments, inappropriate touches, lies about things they've done - it's seriously everywhere! When they open up a chance for students from school to talk about it, they find that not just girls, but guys too are being abused in these small ways every day right in their own school. Then they get another side of the story. A business owner is worried about losing his business because some girl falsely accused someone in his business of sexual abuse. The girls walk in wearing skimpy clothes, acting all suggestive, then threaten the business when a guy follow through on what the girl seems to offer. He is furious at the unfairness of it. Can Live From Brentwood High actually do something about all this? Can they make a difference? Can they help Molly who is dealing with it from her boss? |
|Extra Notes:||Price of Silence takes a very thorough look at the issue. It is very impressive how many different perspectives it covers - both genders, two races, teenagers, adults, college students, schools, businesses, those being abused, those being accused of abuse. For a teenage book it definitely covers alot. |
Of note: Another issue that pops up in this book is tattoos. Izzy is doing a study on a tattoo parlor and becomes fascinated with it and wants to get one.Most of the students simply argue that it's disgusting or painful or point out that it's pretty hard to undo if you change your mind later. However, Sarah brings laws from the Old Testament into it, from Leviticus and tries to imply that it would be a sin for Izzy to do so. Izzy eventually decides against it for a more practical reason - someone older shares their story of getting Hepatitis from unclean needles and Izzy is pretty scared of pain or blood or needles anyway. He goes with a temporary stick on tattoo instead.
Due to the lack of spiritual elements, but the strength of the sexual abuse issue, this book gets a 3.