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Screwed by Joanna Kenrick

ScrewedMarsha and her friend Faith regularly go out looking for a good time, which more often than not involves sex. Both from broken homes, they don’t see anything wrong with the way they behave.

Until Marsha meets Rich. Rich is different. Unsure, and from a loving family, he finds Marsha a bit too full on. But being with Rich is like being with a friend – one who listens to her and asks her opinion. Rich makes her feel that she’s worth more than a quick shag in the park. But is it possible to change?

SCREWED examines the question of peer pressure, family and their influence on identity. It also takes a frank look at the all-too-common social problem of underage sex and its consequences. Contains explicit content.

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Red Tears by Joanna Kenrick

Red TearsI open the box
Inside it is softness and steel

Tissues and blades

Emily Bowyer seems to have it all – lots of friends, loving family and good grades. But beneath the surface lies a wretched secret.

Life isn’t as much fun as it would appear. Emily’s friends are going off her, her family is having problems, and there’s the constant mountain of homework. The pressure to excel. To be perfect.

Tension, anxiety, anger, self-hatred. Where does it go when no one will listen? Emily has found a way to let it all out, a way to cope when life is overwhelming. But it is private. No one must ever find out . . .

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