Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices offers a brave and timely portrait of teenage-girl life in the United States over the past twenty years. They're working part-time jobs to make ends meet, deciding to wear a hijab to school, sharing a first kiss, coming out to their parents, confronting violence and bullying, and immigrating to a new country while holding onto their heritage. Through it all, these young writers tackle issues of race, gender, poverty, sex, education, politics, family, and friendship. Together their narratives capture indelible snapshots of the past and lay bare hopes, insecurities, and wisdom for the future.Interwoven is advice from great women writers--Roxane Gay, Francine Prose, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zadie Smith, Quiara Alegria Hudes, Janet Mock, Gloria Steinem, Lena Dunham, Mia Alvar, and Alice Walker--offering guidance to a young reader about where she's been and where she might go. Inspiring and informative, Girls Write Now belongs in every school, library and home, adding much-needed and long-overdue perspectives on what it is to be young in America.
"*Starred Review* Through poetic verse and infused with the contributors' native languages, these 116 autobiographical short stories from black, Asian, and Latina young women are thoughtful, earnest, raw, regretful, angry, and impassioned. They were written while the young women were members of Girls Write Now, a New York writing and mentoring organization for predominantly high-need girls of color. Ranging from just a paragraph to several pages in length, these stories are loosely unified by their subject matter. Many girls explore their loving (or not so loving) relationships with their mothers and grandmothers. The stories delve into topics like being objectified by men, suicide, gender and sexuality, immigration and assimilation, gang violence, microaggressions, and being raised by dads. Inspiring advice by authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Roxane Gay, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Janet Mock, among others, are interspersed throughout. She was looking at the ground as if she'd broken her neck, from Kiana Marte's story, Easy-Bake Oven, perfectly describes someone too afraid to look another in the eye. Diamond Abreu's Why Obsessions Matter recounts how she is the purest form of myself when in a beloved comic-book store. Some stories are more polished than others, but the authors' authentic experiences will elicit strong emotional reactions from readers and maybe even encourage them to write their own. Strongly recommended.--Sharon Rawlins Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"This inspiring anthology shares personal essays from 116 participants in Girls Write Now, a writing and mentorship organization for New York City teens. While each contributor's voice is unique, themes emerge: cultural identity, familial conflict, grieving and loss, and combatting prejudice. Laced with advice from 10 female writers, including Roxane Gay, Zadie Smith, and Gloria Steinem, the entries reflect varying, heartfelt emotions. Lamenting her family members' dashed aspirations, Danni Green questions, "Who am I supposed to look up to? Who is supposed to show me how I can make my dreams real?" On the cusp of starting college, contributor Luna Rojas writes gratefully of her own accomplishments: "I know that I do it for myself as well as my mother-who has done nothing short of everything to get me here." This candid compilation rounds out notes of confusion and resentment with resilience, hope, and trust in the power of writing. Ages 13-up. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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