Raylaina, the story of a teen with an abusive boyfriend

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Daren spends hours getting every strand perfectly groomed. And, he has the body to make any teenage girl gasp. Subtly and gradually, he takes over her life, who she travels with, and what she does. For the length of her junior year, Raylaina tells the story of a sixteen year old totally in love with an impeccably dressed, groomed, and seriously handsome seventeen year old. For the length of her junior year, he succeeds. Her gut tells her something isn't right.

She knows this inside, but what can she do about it? She enjoys being the envy of every girl in school, and she is in love. One early reviewer noted that he only pushed her down once, so where's the abuse? Abuse is much more than physical attack. Make no mistake; Raylaina's gorgeous Daren is abusive. The signs are there, and he has a terrible role model for a father. We know what happens to Raylaina.

A Story About Teen Dating Violence

We don't know what happens to Daren, his family, and his sister, except for the stories we read in the news and see on television way too often. Paperback , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Raylaina , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Sivan, a foster girl. Start reading this YA Romance now. Mister Hard to Get. He's the hottest guy I've ever met, and falling for him could ruin my life. I wish I'd thought of that before we ended up in bed!

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Of course,i'm not in the target age group,so what do i know,but i read lots of teen fiction,and some is much much better constructed than this. I don't mind having spent the 99 cents,though. I suppose it was worth that much,but not much more. Not another sappy teen story about broken hearts.

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Everything else in Ray's life seems to melt away when she is in the arms of her beloved, Daren. Like so many frustrated real-life mothers, I have known, she is short on time and ammunition to do the job alone. February 21, Sold by: Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Daren spends hours getting every stand perfectly groomed. I had to get far away and start over.

This story hit a note with me as I remember this going on in school, but everyone pretending that it did not happen. This is not my type of book. But, this story is a good way to deliver the answer to why nice girls date creeps. The main character, Raylaina, is a 15 year old girl, with smarts, looks and humor. She has the drive and ambition to get out of the low income lifestyle supported by her struggling mother.

But, like too many nice, real-life girls, she finds herself falling for a guy from "the strange family next door.

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But, there is a dark side to this guy and it is painfully obvious to any onlooker. Except, of course, for the love-struck Raylaina. Now Raylaina's hard-working single mom is doing everything that she can to hold the household together. She attempts to keep her daughter from following that all too familiar path of bad relationships and low end jobs.

Like so many frustrated real-life mothers, I have known, she is short on time and ammunition to do the job alone.

That is as far as I go without giving away the ending. Wolverton makes an important point, which strikes close to home. It is not just the girl who gets hurt by date abuse. There is collateral damage. Friends and family get drawn into to it whether they want to or not. Anyone who thinks otherwise has their head in the sand.

The book is an easy read about how some girls get caught up in the cycle of mistreatment from bad dates. One person found this helpful. Wolverton Raylaina, aka Ray, is sixteen and nearly grown. She lives with her single mother and her older brother in a rundown house on property which has been owned by their family for generations.

Even though Ray doesn't have the nice things from the mall that her best friend Kimmy has, she is happy with her roots in the south. Ray has never had a real boyfriend. She is mesmerized by the good looks of the new guy across the street. At first she only hears tales about him and his family. When she meets him, she is quickly bowled over. She even begins to forget about the importance of her family love, her best friends, and her need for an education.

Everything else in Ray's life seems to melt away when she is in the arms of her beloved, Daren. When others around her can see the problems of a family with reported domestic violence, Ray only sees that she's in love. This book is a straight forward view into a young girl's heart, the fear of her mother, who lived in an abusive relationship and a young man who's only following in the footsteps of his abusive father.


We all remember the recent headlines about the pop singer Rihanna, who was abused by her boyfriend. A very important book for it's time, Raylaina, The Story of a Teen With an Abusive Boyfriend will hit home with many young girls and their mothers. Jill Ammon Vanderwood co-author: Drugs Make You Un-Smarter.

This is a coming of age story about a teen's love for a good looking neighbor boy who seems to be perfect. This perfection is marred by the dark, hidden forces of family abuse, behind locked doors and closed curtains, of her boyfriend's family Daren has an abusive father, which the entire family tries to hide. Daren himself, although he can be charming at times, shows signs of becoming abusive and controlling like his father.

Over the objections of her mother, the young couple plan to marry although the girl is only sixteen. She is blind to the dark side of Daren, thinking only of her love for him; and that with her love and support he will become the model soul-mate of her dreams. The process of growing up can be painful for a girl, as she gradually matures and learns to accept the truths of her life--including that her own mother had been abused by the father she never knew.

A well-crafted, interesting, sensitive and sensible story that should help a girl think with her mind as well as her heart. See all 10 reviews. Most recent customer reviews.