You Too?: 25 Voices Share Their #metoo Stories
When #MeToo went viral, Janet Gurtler was among the millions of people who began to reflect on her past ...more
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I’ve read quite a few books in past couple months that dealt with sexual harassment in the workplace and the rise of the #meToo movement. So, when I saw the announcement of this book in which many YA authors are sharing their own stories and letting young ...more
We need to keep talking and we need to keep listening. #metoo #youtoo
This book was the YA version of Roxane Gay’s “Not That Bad.” And saying it’s YA does not in anyway mean it’s watered down; just that the content is more geared towards teens. These essays cover the gamut of sexual assault and harassment.
I think this is a great IMPORTANT book for young girls to read. I recognized my own experiences in several of the stories, and found strength, camaraderie and resilience. I wish this book had been around when I was a ...more
This is a very powerful anthology. It's not the most pleasant read, but it's not supposed to be. The stories contain sadness, fear, anger, and betrayal. But they also convey an important message about what it means to be female in a way that is brutally honest but also optimistic. This is the first #MeToo book I've read that has been specifically targeted to teens. It has a great variety in the topics addressed, but at the core there is a common thread shared by all the ...more
This was a very powerful collection, and I think it should be mandatory reading for anyone and everyone. The collection was strongest towards the end where it felt like the essays had more of a succinct closing.
One issue I did have that is taking it from a 5 to a 4 stars is that some of the essays do get extremely repetitive in their last pages. You could easily skip a few pages in each of the story and wouldn't miss a beat because ...more
As more and more stories started to come out, it made you think about your own life and experiences. The things that you brushed off as normal, were actually not okay. Physical assault or verbal assault. A common thread that was woven throughout all of ...more
Here's a 1/7/20 update with a complete review:
I got nervous when I saw a description suggesting that this book was a kind of teen version of Roxane Gay's _Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture_ because Gay is a genius and that book is a centerpiece of our culture at this time. How could another collection, particularly one marketed to teen readers, rise to that level?
There are many reasons that I think this book is a ...more
I don’t think you realize how much this anthology seriously hurt my heart. Especially since this novel is compiled of all essays from different authors and they told their real life experiences dealing ...more
You Too? is a complicated book to review because of the intensity of its content. These stories are deeply important and I have so much respect for the women in this book who have had the courage to come forward and share their stories. I want to be clear that in the review going forward, any judgement made of the ...more
Content Warning: A book focusing on sexual assault is obviously going to have some trigger-y material. There’s rape, there’s sexual assault, there’s pedophilia, there’s abuse, there’s incestuous rape; the list goes on. However, if you think you can handle it, then I definitely recommend reading regardless of the content warning. But, I never want anyone to be uncomfortable, so ...more
Most of the authors tell ...more
You Too? is a collection of essays by various authors who are speaking up and speaking out about the sexual harassment and abuse they suffered. From childhood to the teenage years, and even into adulthood, these women (and men) don't hold back in retelling some of the most awful, nightmarish experiences they had to endure. These recollections will definitely elicit some serious emotions. There were times I ...more
You Too? was not an easy read--and it absolutely shouldn't be. It made me uncomfortable, it made me cry, and it made me think. It made me remember things I didn't really want to remember, and it made me want to give a copy of this to every young person I encounter, male and female.
There are authors in here I already knew, and authors who were new to me who I'm absolutely going to be looking for more from. There was even an author I'd watched in a ...more
You Too? is a collection of short stories and it gives us all a good dose of reality: In today's world, it is far too common that females from childhood to the teenage years, (as well as oft documented adulthood) are still objectified, and in way too many cases, abused. As if the experiences themselves weren't nightmarish enough, the message they often receive is "It's the girl's fault", that they ...more
Is this essay collection important? Yes. Of course it is. Speaking out about sexual harassment and sexual assault, as well as domestic violence and racially motivated incidents, is what the #MeToo movement is all about. These stories need to be told, for many reasons. So that victims can find solidarity, so that people are not afraid to report incidents, to shine a light into dark corners in order to prevent further incidents, to build empathy. One thing that I think is this ...more
Before I begin, of course I need to say that this anthology includes a lot of potential triggers, so please be aware of a content warning for sexual assault, rape, ...more
You Too? releases today! 25 authors share their #MeToo stories, with essays by me, Ellen Hopkins, Beth G Revis, Mackenzie Lee, Janet Gurtler, Jennifer Brown, Patty Blount, Jess Capelle, and more!
This is a powerful, honest, validating anthology that tells survivors of sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault not they are not alone, and helps people who don't have those experiences see just how widespread it really is.
This book is really, really rough read and I'm struggling to write a review for it. I think this book is extremely important for young girls to read. There are shared experiences among the stories that I found myself identifying with, and other stories where I found renewed strength within. Very difficult, but I am happy this book will ...more
5 stars. Such an incredibly important read.
Educational, enlightening, raw, momentous, gut wrenching, disturbing, truthful. It is hard to put into words a review that could do these stories justice. But I will say this, each story in this anthology is written with a raw honesty that deserves to be heard. These are stories that deal with various degrees of sexual assault, rape, abuse, harassment. I encourage everyone to read ...more
Beautiful and heartbreaking and sad. These are really powerful stories that help readers (or listeners, in my case) come to the understanding that what they went through DID happen, it DID matter, and it was NOT ok. The book acknowledges how easy it is to brush off your own experiences as "not that bad," especially because it's not as bad as what someone else experienced, or that someone else had it worse. This book can help women realize that there are no excuses ...more
The best word I can use to descrive this collection of stories, would be powerful. The stories cover a wide range of experiences and each voice is important and impactful.
I think one thing that this book does amazingly well, is that it didn't shy away from anything, and while at times this can mean that reading it can be a little uncomfortable because of the subject matter. ...more