If You Loved Me
At 15, Lauren promised herself that she would not mess up her life and would stay away from drugs and sex. But two years later, her boyfriend Tyler is pressuring her to forget that promise. Will she lose Tyler for the sake of an old promise? Will she lose self-respect if she breaks what to her has been a sacred vow? Through her writing, Lauren tries to deal with her problems, learns to control her anger and discovers a deeper strength. Based on the reality of everyday high school life, and critiqued by high school students as it was written, this book accurately portrays and confronts issues of drugs, race, sex, first love, and finding self-expression.
Book 7 in the True-to-Life from Hamilton High Series by Marilyn Reynolds
"Reynolds’ treatment of youth and their challenges, from sexual abstinence to mixed-race parentage, is compassionate, never condescending; the dialogue, situations, emotions, and behavior of the well-defined teen characters ring true…an engaging, thought-provoking read …" —Booklist