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Generation Z: Their Voices, Their Lives

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Generation Z have never had to save their pocket money to buy an album. They laugh when you tell them there used to be four channels on TV. Not many of them have grandparents that fought in a war. They've never known a world without the internet and have grown up with violence and porn at their fingertips with an object barely known to just one generation before them: a mo ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 23rd 2015 by Hutchinson
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Martin Spellman
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, politics
It has been said that the problem with youth is that it is wasted on the young. Chloe Combi is a journalist who writes on youth issues and a former school teacher. The book is comprised of statements from interviews she has carried out grouped into eleven categories: family; relationships; body; sex; school; race; gender; technology; class; crime and 'looking to the future and advice to the next generation'. Many of the interviews would fit into several of these categories. She says: 'One of the ...more
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my lecturers for this semester recommended this book to me, and as soon as I read the forward I knew I had to read it. The book is composed by a series of interviews carried out by the author with several kids in Generation Z (born 1995- 2001). The interviews are all written out in first person and separated into categories which make up the 10 chapters of the book (Family, body, relationships, sex ect.). There are stories in this book that made me laugh, some that made me furious and som ...more
Alyce Hunt
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've been interested in reading 'Generation Z' since I met Chloe Combi back in August. I thought it was brilliant that an adult was taking the time to interview a broad range of teenagers (a variety of races, genders, sexualities and classes) about a wide selection of topics.
It would have been better if there had been more viewpoints from lesbian teenagers - only one contributes, and she only says a couple of sentences - or from asexual or bisexual teenagers, as neither of those sexualities are
Eszter Faatima Sabiq
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book delivers what it promises: it gives you an insight into the lives, experience, feelings and thoughts of teenagers in Britain, from various different classes, ethnicities, cultures, schools, and backgrounds. The order of the stories emphsise contrast at points and bridges differences elsewhere. Might be an eye-opener for many adults, and a valuable read for every parent.
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Martha Mae
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Some books are meant to be kept. Some books you will move house with and ensure they stay standing on your bookshelf forever. But some books - this one - must be passed around, shared, posted, read aloud, borrowed, given away, tweeted and quoted. I wish someone gave me this book when I was 13. It would have saved a lot of hassle.
Louise Jones
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was way more powerful than I thought it’d be, though should be littered with trigger warnings. Some of the stories are A Lot.
Steph Bennion
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been dipping in and out of this book for more than a year. It's a fantastic (and sobering) account of the UK as seen through eyes far younger than mine, a collection of personal stories that brought forth a whole range of emotions. There's a quote on the back cover from Boris Johnson (Mayor of London when this was published), though judging by the Tory party record on the issues raised by the interviewees I'm guessing few in his party have read it. This book should be required reading for a ...more
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fascinating book, exploring multiple races, identities and opinions of Gen Z. Although, already slightly old (teenagers have changed considerably in the 5 years since this book was published due to the evolving internet) it is still a worthwhile read and has some very emotional parts.
Katherine Jackson
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very thought provoking insight into the contrasting lives and opinions of different teenagers from across the UK.
Timothea Moylan
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't normally write reviews, but I couldn't help doing so for Generation Z. At times, the voices in this book made me cry so much or laugh so hard that I had to put it down. Combi juxtaposes the range of interviews wonderfully. On one page, my heart would open, and on the next, I'd want to strangle the speaker. Some of the stories are heartbreaking; others heartwarming. A discussion with the daughter of a multi-millionaire is followed by a discussion with a young girl whose family was saved b ...more
Deanna Louis
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A brutally honest portrait of modern day youth, Combi omits nothing. You want to know what teens these days are like? This book has you covered.
This book truly opened my eyes to a wildly diverse world of people. People of different race, class and circumstance. These are voices that need to be heard.
Miri Greco
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Libro carino e scorrevole se non fosse per i troppi errori di battute che hanno iniziato a dare zui nervi a lungo leggere. Le voci della nuova generazione inglese rispecchiano i tanti punti di vista e le paure dei teenager di tutto il mondo.
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I wanted to read this because I work with young people entering the workplace. It was interesting to read a broad range of perspectives and viewpoints. It is heartbreaking and humbling just how difficult some young people's lives are and at different points I found myself crying, willing them on and hoping that their lives get better and easier. You can never imagine what someone else's life is really like.

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'Generation Z' is a brutally honest collection of the everyday lives of the late millenials (defined by Combi as anybody born between 1995 and 2001). There were a wide range of accounts from a varied pool of teenagers - different cultures, religions, sexualities, social classes, etc - across multiple topics - sex, gender, body, technology, home - with both positive and negative standpoints. Some made me actually laugh out loud, some had me on the verge of tears, and considering I was reading the ...more
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