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How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the Next Generation

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An all-star collection of essays about activism and hope, edited by bestselling YA author Maureen Johnson.

Now, more than ever, young people are motivated to make a difference in a world they're bound to inherit. They're ready to stand up and be heard - but with much to shout about, where they do they begin? What can I do? How can I help?

How I Resist is the response, and a
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Wednesday Books (first published March 1st 2018)
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Catherine Yes it does. It has diverse voices and many of the "white male voices" are also voices of groups that have been discriminated against like LGBTQ…moreYes it does. It has diverse voices and many of the "white male voices" are also voices of groups that have been discriminated against like LGBTQ groups. (less)
Stacy Did the Obama administration do anything remotely as disgusting and divisive as Trump? How can you work with someone as ignorant as Trump?
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Did the Obama administration do anything remotely as disgusting and divisive as Trump? How can you work with someone as ignorant as Trump?
Why didn't conservatives care about "working together" during Obama's 8 years? Why didn't republicans do anything when people in office said their only goal was to block everything Obama did? It's confusing. (less)

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Erin
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review.

3.75 stars

A series of essays, poems, comics, in depth interviews and even a song aim to encourage a continuation of resistance in today's(chiefly the U.S.) political climate. Many big name writers, activists, and actors lend their voices in this collection.My reluctance in awarding it with high stars is that despite the amount of eloquent and carefully crafted selections, I am curious as to whether it would appeal to th
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Heather
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**I received this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.**

Even though this book was geared toward Young Adult readers, I learned a lot from it. And it was entertaining. The essays and interviews were extremely relatable. And I highly recommend it for readers and resisters of all ages.
Selene
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
BookTube-A-Thon July 30, 2018 - August 5, 2018

Challenge #7 - Read 7 books

At the age of 19 I made a goal for myself to read 1,000 books before my 30th birthday. Now at the age of 27 this will be the book that gets me to that goal!

“Resistance isn’t a set of steps - it is an ecosystem in which all the different creations live and help one another grow. These are hard times, but also times of great opportunity.”

Could We Please Give the Police Departments to the Grandmothers? by Junauda Petrus
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Bruna Miranda
Livro 2 do desafio "28 livros em 28 dias"!
Talvez esse seja um dos raros livros que eu queria ter lido a versão física porque os textos variam desde listas e entrevistas até poemas, e enquanto lia notei vários trechos que gostaria de guardar, anotar e reler sempre que a situação apertar. How I Resist é sobre resistência e como ela não é somente protestos e lutas nas ruas - apesar disso ser uma parte muito importante (!!!) -, mas como a sua existência, aceitar você mesma, pode ser um ato de resist
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Bethany
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I like what this book is trying to do and it has some fantastic content, but unfortunately it fell a bit short of what I was hoping for. How I Resist is a collection of essays and other content (songs, poems, illustrations, interviews etc.) from a variety of authors, activists, celebrities, and more, all aimed at discussing various facets of political resistance (particularly in the Trump era) and how teenagers can get involved in political action. Which is awesome, but I think some blind spots ...more
Beth
"Libraries: serving the resistance since forever." You SAID it, Libba Bray!! #MakeAmericaSmartAgain

So this is a neat book targeted towards teenagers (but entertaining and inspiring for all of us) with essays, poems, songs and more creative work from all kinds of people, explaining why and how they "resist." Sometimes "resist" means protesting, or making art, or just being yourself in an unfriendly world - but in all cases, it means finding the truth, having compassion, and standing up for what's
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KC
This is an outstanding collection of personal stories, poems, music, and interviews from some of the most influential icons in music, acting, politics, sports, and writing, etc... of the 21st century. Although marketed for YA, anyone can read this and get inspired. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment.
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, audio-book-2019
This really was a quick yet incredibly informative read. I'm only sorry I didn't read it sooner.
Lea (drumsofautumn)
What a wonderful collection of stories and tips. It’s so motivational and weirdly optimistic in a way. It makes you feel powerful, showing you all the ways to help, to change things. It assure you that you’re not alone. It is an experience I recommend, certainly not just for teens!
Alicia
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I might be in overload at this point with the amount of short story or compilations I've read recently, but if I try to remain as objective as possible it was a perfect mix of voices to talk about how they resist, hope, dream, stay sane in an unstable world-- they touch on technology and politics, speaking their minds, and keeping on living as a form of resistance.

But I guess I'm questioning an audience-- because it's not necessarily there to spark activism necessarily like others I've read, it
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Hristina
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
How I Resist is a collection of essays designed to inspire the youth to speak up on the issues they're passionate about. The diversity of the essayists shined through the abundance of subjects that the essays were on. Each of them had a different and refreshing writing style, and the subtle shifts in tone here and there made it easy to consume. I enjoyed this collection a lot.
Sarah A
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How I Resist is a YA anthology and it is AMAZING. It has a vast list of diverse contributors, including authors like Malinda Lo and Sabaa Tahir, actors such as Javier Munoz and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (and his husband) and many others, including activists and journalists. It has essays, poetry, and art--all on the topic of activism and resistance. There are essays on solutions to problems we are facing in the current political climate, there are interviews with contributors about their ideas on res ...more
Martha Schwalbe
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the pieces by the authors and personalities I know the best from their work. I enjoyed Libby Bray's piece the most! Reading this book has made me think again about activism, a different time, a different place, yet it goes on.
Fear really seems to be what guides the status quo: fear of losing money, fear of losing a seat in politics, fear of change, etc. It has a stranglehold on the policy makers in this country and it isn't letting go.
The war on terror should have been against rapists, r
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3,7/5

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Deanna
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I watched this book become a thing on Twitter.

I don’t know if you remember because honestly, I blocked it out, but 2016/17 was a dumpster fire. After then election Maureen Johnson put out a call to action asking people how they resisted in a world that didn’t seem to want to listen. She got an overwhelming response, and a book was born. I think that this moment is the exact right moment for a book geared to teens about a
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Basma
This book is a collection of mini essays by diverse voices of what resistance means to each one of them. The essays are about a lot of different topics but there is a big focus on what resistance means in the age of Trump (quite understandable), how can a young person voice their opinions about the issues they care about, how creating stuff whether it's artworks or music or anything can be an act of resistance and how essentially activism can be done in many different ways if being a public spea ...more
Anna
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: activist, anthology
Very promising idea for an anthology, but the execution is poor. It's a shame, because there are some genuinely excellent writings in this collection . . . but there's also a lot that misses the mark. I'm scratching my head looking at the list of contributors. I get that there are a lot of YA authors here to appeal to teens, but some of these people straight up don't have anything meaningful to say about activism. There are some straight up lazy pieces in this collection, as well as a few that a ...more
Shelly
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lot of strong contributors in this one. How I Resist had a mix of interviews, personal essays, poems, and even a song, which I think worked well together. The placement of the pieces in the anthology felt very purposeful and I think that it paid off.

Johnson definitely did a great job with this and I do recommend it, though the length of the entire anthology is so much shorter than I expected. Some pieces I felt were too short and I definitely skimmed over the more practical stuff like "how to
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Carol
While I know many adults feel or felt hopeless after Tr*mp was elected, I can't imagine how teens too young to vote might feel. This book, compiled/narrated by Maureen Johnson and Tim Federle, bring together a diverse and dynamic group of voices that come from all angles: the literary world, entertainment, political activists. Together they give teens hope and a foundation to create a solid action plan to resistance.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review considera
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Sam (she_who_reads_)
I really want to give this 5 stars, because I totally support the idea behind it, but some of contributions felt lazy, or quite disconnected from overall theme of the collection.
I would say about 1/3 of this book is amazing and inspiring, the rest is a bit of a mess.
In saying that- this is totally worth it just to read Libba Bray’s contribution!! I would totally recommend checking this one out if you’re at all interested as there really are some gems to be found!!
rebeccca elane (pistachiobooks)
Don't have much to say on this if I'm being honest. It's exactly what it says on the tin, a collection of interviews, essays, and poems about resistance and activism. Not sure if I was the target audience considering I was aware of a lot of the subjects that were brought up. There were some really interesting essays and interviews that I enjoyed listening to. I did read this on audio and there was a couple of segments that I couldn't really judge because of the medium I was reading it in. My mai ...more
Cassy Lee
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I needed that. To get fired up again, to refuel in order to resist. And to laugh out loud. Libba Bray’s essay actually made me snort. Yep, I needed that.

As with any anthology, not every piece is strong, but it was a good reminder to keep doing what we can. Including reading. Reading can be resistance.
Brett
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Perfect for my 9th graders to read
megan
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
very informative and interesting anthology
Bianca Smith
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review was originally published on Mass Consternation.

I received this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. If you've read my other reviews, you'll know that if it's bad, I'll say so, regardless of how I received the book.

I chatted with my neighbor before buying my Nevertheless, she persisted t-shirt. I live in a conservative area and wearing an Elizabeth Warren quote could alienate both me and my neighbors. My neighbor said go for it. She also pointed out that mos
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Scott Neigh
Short, simple pieces by a collection of writers, artists, cultural producers, and activists written for youth who are feeling the horror of living in a Trumpian world and trying to figure out what it means to resist. A mixed bag. Some useful pieces – my favourite, I think, was by Palestinian-American Hebh Jamal – and some important political insights, but many of the individual pieces and the collection as a whole have exactly the kinds of strengths and limitations you would expect from a projec ...more
Kelly Hager
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

It is so easy to lose hope and feel overwhelmed. Things are scary and it seems like a lot of people are either ignoring it or actively celebrating it.

And it can be hard to keep resisting when it seems like it's not doing very much good. You no sooner get your elected officials to stop doing one thing when they start doing something else. 

This book is so needed because it (a) gives me inspiration to keep going and (b) reminds me that there are all kinds of different ways to resist. While voting,
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Hailey Schraeder
ARC Review: How I Resist
An Anthology edited by Maureen Johnson and Tim Federle

Release date: May 1, 2018

Regardless of whether you are an American citizen, you're going to want to get your hands on a copy of How I Resist. This incredibly important anthology includes stories, interviews, comics, instructional articles and so much more that are geared towards young people who want to make a difference. With names like Libba Bray, Hamilton star Javier Muñoz, and Jodi Picoult, this anthology really i
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Elke
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was great! I don't necessarily agree with everything everyone said or has written or created before, but this is an impressive collection of hope, resistance, ideas, guidance, pain and change.
I love how much diversity there was, the authors, the topics, the pieces and how they were presented. There are comics, a song, essays, interviews, a poem. There are steps you can actively engage in, ideas you can think about, things to discuss and process.

Obviously, as someone who isn't a teen nor l
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Roxanne
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a Goodreads win review. I believe every person in the USA should have equal rights and be allowed to be active in government. However I think they gave this book the wrong name. For the content in the book they should have called it How many ways can we trash President Trump and be rude and disrespectful to a sitting President. I believe in activism but not the way it being carried out. I have not liked every President but if they won they got my respect. This book is supposed to teach t ...more
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Maureen knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer. She went to high school at an all-girls' Catholic school and graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in writing. She now lives and writes in New York City.

Many of the adventures Maureen's characters face in her books are based on real-life stories. Maureen has traveled all over Europe, and is a Secret Sister to vlog brothers Han
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“Maybe your resistance is to live. Live big and loud and joyously and fiercely. Live authentic to who you are. Refuse to be silent. Refuse to go away. Refuse stereotypes and limits.
Because you being you is the most powerful kind of resistance of all. (Rebecca Roanhorse)”
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“Read backward in order to move forward, resisters. The best part? You can find everything you need at your local library. Libraries: serving the resistance since forever. Seriously, libraries are The. Best. Don’t even bother fighting me on this one. You will lose.” 3 likes
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