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You Too?: 25 Voices Share Their #metoo Stories

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A timely and heartfelt collection of essays inspired by the #MeToo movement, edited by acclaimed young adult and middle-grade author Janet Gurtler. Featuring Beth Revis, Mackenzi Lee, Ellen Hopkins, Saundra Mitchell, Jennifer Brown, Cheryl Rainfield and many more.

When #MeToo went viral, Janet Gurtler was among the millions of people who began to reflect on her past
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Inkyard Press
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    Sahitya
    Trigger Warnings: As a book about the #meToo movement, this deals with themes from catcalling or verbal abuse to rape and incest and everything in between. So, please take care and decide if you are in the right headspace to handle this book.

    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
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    Janet
    Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
    I have the privlege of knowing how freaking awesome the essays are in this tough but necessary anthology. Every single person who contributed mentioned in some way how difficult it was to share their stories. But they are doing it so we can move forward.

    We need to keep talking and we need to keep listening. #metoo #youtoo
    Greyson Richter | Use Your Words
    Why are y'all sleeping on this???? #metoo
    Christine Bolton
    Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Thank you to Harlequin Teen for my ARC!

    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
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    C. McKenzie
    Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This collection of short stories reveals a sad truth about our society where young women are still objectified, and in some cases, abused. Each story is different, but there are underlying themes that run though many of them. "It's the woman's fault" is one, guilt is another, and shame. Some made me cry, some made me angry, but all of them made me aware.
    Pallavi
    Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    RATING: 4/5 STARS

    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
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    T.B. Caine
    Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I was given an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.

    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
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    Lindsay Montague
    Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Wow. This was extremely powerful. The #MeToo movement sparked a very important discussion that needed to be addressed a long time ago. This is a collection of essays from YA and MG authors, was inspired by this movement that hit the world in 2017.

    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
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    Sacha
    Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC!

    Here's a 1/7/20 update with a complete review:

    Five stars

    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?

    This does.

    There are many reasons that I think this book is a
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    Lisa Mandina
    Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Because I have my own #MeToo story, I was definitely interested in reading this book and being able to recommend it to others. While I didn't completely finish the book, it's not because it wasn't worthwhile to read. It's because after a while the stories started to depress me a bit. Yes, I definitely connected with and felt so much about the stories and authors was true for me as well. And I do think it is an important book to have and for others to read. But for me I couldn't keep going ...more
    Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
    Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Netgalley, YA Bound Book Tours and Inkyard Press for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

    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
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    Amber
    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley and Inkyard Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

    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
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    Becca
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Thank you to Netgalley & Harlequin Teen for providing me with an e-ARC of You Too? in exchange for an honest review.

    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
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    Lynda Dickson
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: Ages 13+
    Shelves: young-adult
    You Too? is a collection of 25 essays, mostly by published authors, with an introduction by editor Janet Gurtler, who also includes her own story. “In 2018, #MeToo stories began exploding across my social media feed, bringing back memories of the harassment I experienced as a young woman coming of age in the late seventies and early eighties.” As such, she “set out to collect stories from a diverse group of writers who were willing to share their personal encounters.”

    Most of the authors tell
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    Jasmine
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    **This book does contain triggering themes involving rape/incest/sexual harassment/abuse**
    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
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    Becky
    Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 1/6/19.

    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
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    ACME  TEEN BOOKS Kids, YA & NA Too!
    **WARNING: This book does contain trigger themes involving rape/incest/sexual harassment/abuse.**

    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
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    Michele Jennifer
    The Nitty-Gritty:
    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
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    Leah
    Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: ya, read-2019
    Like 2019's The (Other) F Word (ed. Angie Manfredi) I found this collection important and deeply emotional, but with much repetition between entries. The message that survivors of rape, sexual harassment, or sexual assault can and should feel empowered to speak out is, obviously, an important one. But having that same message recur so many times started to get a little monotonous, and despite the emphasis the forward placed on misconception of this as a "woman's issue," it seemed that the ...more
    Sasha
    Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Inspired by the #MeToo movement, twenty five voices share their own stories in Janet Gurtler's latest anthology You Too? In a powerful push to let young adults know they are not alone, these stories tackle sexual assault in a deeply meaningful way, from diverse voices young and old, from authors we know and ones we don't quite yet.
    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,
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    Cheryl Rainfield
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    1 in 3 girls. 1 in 5 boys. Sexual abuse and assault needs to be talked about.

    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.

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    Kelsey Hlavaty (readingwithkelsey)
    I received an eARC copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

    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
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    Jessica
    Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    *An ARC was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

    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
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    Beth
    Like Roxane Gay's "Not That Bad" for teens, this collection of essays reflects on the harassment, assault, and brushes with rape culture that these authors had when young (kids or teens) - and the lifelong effects those experiences had. The stories were incredibly heart-wrenching and powerful, but many of the essays ended with platitudes and cliches that diluted that power (although, I know this was written for teens, who maybe aren't savvy enough yet to get the messages without direct ...more
    Alex Richey
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    AudioFile Review: Coming soon!

    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
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    Kristina
    Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    You Too? is a book filled with stories from different women talking about their own #metoo experiences. I wouldn't call this book enjoyable, it made me angry and sad for not only these women, but all women. But this book is important and needed. These women are so strong to talk about what happened to them and how it made them feel. Its important to see how they overcame what had happened to them. I think this is the kind of book that should be in all school libraries and classrooms.
    Meaghan Hurn
    Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    Tara
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    An important collection of essays from women who share their own #Metoo stories. This is one of those books that makes me with we could include collections on the Gateway list. I will be putting this one on the list for my own children to read when they're old enough--it's that important and that well done.
    Hannah Harvey
    Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    *Please note, this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and honest.



    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.
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    Emily
    Powerful anthology about others experiences with the Me too movement and how it doesn't just effect one person. Written as 25 different essays they are heartbreaking, inspiring, and moving. Difficult to read at times but well worth reading.
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    A Rita Award Finalist, Janet Gurtler's young adult books have been chosen for the JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION and as BEST BOOKS FOR TEENS from the Canadian Children’s Book Center. Janet lives in Okotoks Alberta, Canada with her husband, son, a chubby black Chihuahua named Bruce and a blonde golden retriever named Betty White.

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