Wednesday, March 15, 2017

When Love Becomes Obsession: Die For You by Amy Fellner Dominy

Amy Fellner Dominy's new Young Adult Novel, Die For You, tackles the secret epidemic of relationship abuse and reminds readers that they matter. What an important message in this day and age! {Book provided for review/feature consideration}

What others are saying: 

"With a fresh voice, Dominy adeptly depicts how love can grow dark and that abuse isn’t always physical."—School Library Journal

"This taut thriller unrolls hidden messages of abusive relationships with a sharp edge and well-drawn gray areas, leaving readers on the edge of their seats."—Booklist

"In this delicate, tense exploration of teenage relationship abuse … the violence is handled sensitively, and readers are left hopeful for Emma's recovery. A perceptive portrait of relationship abuse."—Kirkus Reviews

Nothing compares to your first love. The passion, innocence and devotion are most likely something you’ve never felt before and never will again. Especially when it’s young love and your feelings are so strong you actually think you might die if you can’t be with this person. But therein lies the problem…that’s not love. That’s another story …

Die for You, [Delacorte Press / Random House] by author Amy Fellner Dominy, deftly crafts the story of young love and how it can invisibly turn from a sweet romance into something much darker and more sinister.

After her parent’s divorce forces Emma Lorde to move halfway across the state of Arizona to live with her father, Emma must face her senior year in a new school knowing absolutely no one. Then she meets Dillon Hobbs, and something just clicks.

Dillon introduces Emma to friends she can call her own. He provides a refuge from the chaos of her past, and creates a blueprint for their future together. But just when everything seems perfect, Emma is offered an opportunity that will derail their plans. How can Dillon let her go when he understands that people don’t always come back? Uncertainty grows, and fear spirals into something darker.

Now Dillon is the one who needs saving. But how much do you sacrifice for the one you love? What if, by saving Dillon, Emma loses herself?

Timely and informative, Die for You reminds readers:

· Abuse doesn’t mean split lips and bruises – more common and equally dangerous, emotional abuse doesn’t leave physical marks but it is still abuse

· Never sacrifice who you are – we need to dispel the idea that great sacrifice equals love

· It’s ok to take care of yourself – you need to respect yourself and to expect your partner to respectyou as well

· You matter – an emotional abuser will try to make you question your self-esteem but you are worthy just the way you are … You. Matter.

· Help is available – no one is alone and resources are included in the back of the book

About the author:

Amy Fellner Dominy is a former advertising copywriter, MFA playwright and hula-hoop champion. Her novels for teens and tweens include Die For You (11/8/16); A Matter of Heart, Audition & Subtraction; and OyMG, a Sydney Taylor Notable Book. Amy’s first picture book, Cookiesaurus Rex, will be published by Disney, Fall 2017. Amy lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, various pets and two children who occasionally stop by for free meals.

Learn more about Amy Fellner Dominy at http://amydominy.com/ and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Die for You is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold.

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