Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America
This collection of twenty-one essays from major YA authors—including award-winning and bestselling writers—touches on a powerful range of topics related t ...more
Never dismiss your own perspectives. Never question the validity of life in the margins.
This anthology truly lives up to its name: It tells the important and diverse stories of women whose voices have been ignored and smothered but will not take silence anymore.
These stories as a whole all have an underlying message of feminism and female strength and power, and while some authors may share the same marginalization—no two stories or messages are the same and I LOVE that. Each author had som ...more
We are living in a cultural battleground where, for many of us, our very identities se...more
"Ours are the marginalized voices they refuse to listen to. This book, this act of resistance, says our stories matter. Our lives matter. Our voices will not be silenced."This anthology review is going to be a little different than my other ones because it’s nonfiction stories, and it feel weird reviewing and rating each story individually when it’s someone’s personal experiences. I’ve been looking forward to this anthology since I read The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed last year and I d ...more
I've tried writing a review for this but honestly, I'm very moved by this collection of essays that my thoughts currently aren't processing straight. It was a powerful read and I applaud the authors featured for coming forward and sharing their stories. It's not easy to talk about experiences that haunt you still. I lost my best friend to cancer eight years ago and it's still quite raw for me. I feel inspired, encouraged and strongly ur ...more
It is a truth universally acknowledged that being a woman in the United States kinda sucks, especially if you’re a woman of color or queer or disabled or otherwise marginalized. It sucks to different degrees for different people; a cishet white woman and a queer black woman will face very different problems and bigotry in life. Amy Reed brings together a chorus of diverse voices in this anthology, ...more
From the first time Mother who found her radical roots with the birth of her daughter, to the immigrant that claimed her independence that challenged her Indian roots, to the accidental activist that after learning what white privilege was, learned how to use it help the marginalized- the collection of women featured in this new release share their stories and ignite a fire to change the world.
The diverse voices in this collection are representative of what America is s ...more
So many of us are hearing the message right now that we do not belong, that we are not welcome. To that - I think I speak on behalf on all of the authors in this book - I say bullshit. You are wanted. You are loved. You belong. I hope you read these pages and see yourself in our stories, see that there is a place for you, with us. I hope the words of these authors help you feel less alone. I hope you read about women just like you, and I hope you read about women very different from you,...more
Since I can't finish all of the short stories, I will tell you what I read and what I liked.
❤ = Really Liked. ❤❤ = Loved
"Finding my Feminism" by Amy Reed - ❤
"Fat and Loud" by Julie Murphy
"Unexpected Pursuits: Embracing my Indigeneity and Creativity" by Christine Day
"Chilled Monkey Brains" by Sona Charaipotra - ❤❤
"Myth Making" by Somaiya Daud - ❤
"Black Girl, Becoming" by Tracy Deonn Walker - ❤❤
But the older I got, the more the ...more
Twenty-something women of various ages, races, and experiences write about their stories of being their own particular brand of female in America. Most, but not all, of the writers are published young adult authors. Each essay reads like a love letter to today's teen girls. There is anger, regret, pride, sass, and wisdom. Every teenage girl could find something here that speaks to her.
An incredible collection of well-curated, powerful, and beautiful essays that hung with me after the book was closed. Each chapter was a new and eye-opening look into a life experience that I have not and cannot experience, and I am grateful for every one of them.
The anthology takes aim at sexism first and foremost, but also racism, classism, xenophobia, religious prejudice, and discrimination based on sexual orientation. This book had represent ...more
Read it, because it will show you glimpses into your own past, and it will give you a picture of how some other women live. The essays are so real and heart wrenching. I loved all of them for different reasons. This would be great for a women’s studies ...more
A typical YA anthology is several short stories connecte ...more
Our experiences matter. Our voices matter. And the deafening silence that protects those who have violated us must be broken. (131)
This anthology is such an important gathering of voices and I'm so glad that it exists. It isn't perfect by any means, and some of the essays are better written than others. But this book is about empowering women to speak up about their own experiences, and no one's experience is inconsequential. What might not speak to one person might be crucial representation for ...more
"I wanted to do something to help you know you're not alone in your fear and anger, to help you know that your stories--your lives-- are valid, and valued. So many of us are hearing the message right now that we do not belong, that we are not welcome. To that-- I think I speak on behalf of all the authors in this book-- I say bullsh*t. You are wanted. You are loved. You belong."
Our Stories, Our Voices is unique from other feminist reads. A lot of the books I have read about feminism are from a b...more
Our world is broken and so is every person in it. This was another reminder for me to love my neighbor and always extend kindness to those around me. You may never know what someone else is going through/has experienced.
Also, here is an ...more