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Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices

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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 ...more
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Published October 16th 2018 by Tin House Books
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Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
I received this book as another advanced reader's copy and I am all for books that inspire young girls to believe in themselves and be inspired by girls/women such as themselves. All the stories featured in the book were original, motivating, well written and composed and are sure to inspire young women around the world. I have been on the search for books to add to our young adult collection motivating teen girls to read more and this book will sure to get them started. I'll be sure to add it ...more
Jessica C Writes
This was a very powerful book and one that needs to be more hyped. The stories are very emotional and powerful, and Im so thankful that I was given a copy. Please check it out! ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the variation in styles and subjects that all these stories brought to the table. This is a really special anthology - I can't wait to see what these girls do next.
Tara Weiss
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
A collection of very personal narrations that vary in length, narration, point of view and come from all walks of life, which I love and embrace with both arms wrapped tightly. However, if the stories were grouped or organized differently, the book would be much more approachable. Also, since the lengths vary, the book can be picked up or put down at will. And if the last story read didn't really hook you, it takes a long time to pick the book up again. There are a lot of very short reads, so ...more
Katrina Sark
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
p.63 I think that what our society teaches young girls its something thats quite difficult for even older women and self-professed feminists to shrug off is the idea that likability is an essential part of you, of the space you occupy in the world, that youre supposed to twist yourself into shapes to make yourself likable, that youre supposed to hold back sometimes, pull back, dont quite say, dont be too pushy, because you have to be likable. I say thats bullshit. Forget likability. If you ...more
Kerine Wint
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I absolutely love what this book stands for. Giving a platform for teenage girls to express themselves, their lives and what plagues them. It's a compilation of stories, backgrounds, tackling various issues. I personally would've preferred longer and fewer stories (maybe in several volumes) because it felt sort of unfortunate that some of these stories didn't have more pages to really explore the lives of these girls. I think it would have made them more impactful and possibly resonant better. I ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Educators and writers
How have I missed the work being doing by Girls Write Now for two decades?! Founded 20 years ago, it is New York's first and only writing and mentoring organization for girls. The writers are 90% high-need and 95% girls of color, and their voices SING in this collection of personal essays.

This is the kind of writing we need to be encouraging in schools. Essays and narratives in which our students explore their voices and express their points of view. Writing that tells their stories. Writing
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthologies
This is a powerful collection of narratives written by a diverse group of young women. However, this compilation would have had a stronger impact if the essays were grouped by theme. The essays cover issues that run the gamut from the ending of a friendship to systemic racism in our society. Yet they appear to be arranged in no apparent order. Additionally, there were a number of grammatical errors, which is a drawback for educators seeking to use these essays as examplars in the classroom. ...more
Sam Young
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an ARC via netgalley for an honest review.
Here's my (probably) slightly controversial review...
As a Girls school librarian I really wanted to love this book, but, I just didn't.
I believe in its worth but I wanted more from most of the stories... I thought the writing was excellent and I just wanted more. I felt as if each story was just and opening chapter with no conclusions, so whilst the 3 stars may seem harsh I just had high hopes for this and it just didn't deliver enough.
KayCee K
I enjoy this book so much. I love the mix of authors and all the different style of writers, is great! It's very personal! I love the messages, the multi-cultural, and all the different subjects that all of these stories have. I learned about some authors I haven't heard yet, that I can't wait to look into and read their books. I can't believe I haven't been hearing about this book. It's a must read!

I can't wait to give copies to my younger female family members once they get old enough to read
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book contains short glimpses into the lives of teenage girls all over the world. Some are thoughtful, some are funny, some are intense, but they all show a tiny truth about what it's like to be a young woman in this world. I'll definitely be using excerpts in my English class this coming school year.

Note: I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Girls Write Now is a collection of stories by young women traversing themes of identity, belonging, and purpose. As a high school English teacher, I plan on putting these powerful stories to work as examples and inspiration in my classroom. I was moved by the diversity of experiences shared and, simultaneously, the oneness of the work as a whole.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

Girls Write Now is an INCREDIBLE organization. I'm so impressed by the work they do and the mission they promote!

I just wish the stories here had more context so it didn't read solely as a string of very short personal essays.

Full review to come!
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: seventh
nice hearing all kinds of stories
Sophia Eck
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
great read if you just love girls and anecdotal tales
Miss Walton
May 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
Girls Write Now. It sounds clever until you remember that girls have been writing for a whilethe first novel ever written was authored by a woman, after all, and many historic female authors (such as Jane Austen and Mary Shelley) finished full-length novels before reaching adulthood.

Come to think of it, the titles secondary connotation isnt entirely accurate, eitherthis compilation does not represent young girls right now as it includes articles written as far back as 1998. Did the editors of
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(As a side note, Goodreads appears to believe that this book is only 250 pages long. My copy has 316 pages.)


If you're looking for a collection of essays of girls growing up to be strong, smart, compassionate women, this is the book for you.
Lots of creativity here.
Kassie Shanafelt
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So many different young voices contributed to this anthology, and yet there were so many similarities across all of the stories. Keep doing what you're doing young female writers! Looking forward to reading more.
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Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome book that belongs in every library and in the hands of every girl that likes to write or thinks she likes to write. It is so full of amazing voices, voices that girls need these days. Do the closest teen age, young adult, or even adult woman that you know a favor and buy them this book.
Nancy Mijangos
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this collection from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Brutally honest essays from young females--a wide range of backgrounds and topics. I enjoyed the book, and feel that it will be a good classroom tool for teachers to inspire honesty and creativity in young writers.
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