Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self
When Sara Shandler was 16, she read psychologist Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia . "Horror stories of eating disorders, self-mutilation, abusive relationships floated across the page," Shandler writes of Pipher's book on adolescent girls. "Pipher equated our contemporary adolescent experiences to Shakespeare's ill-fated Ophelia." Shandler identif ...more
That being said, the very things that make this bo ...more
I read Reviving Ophelia as an adult, ex post facto if you will. I found it to be an incredibly powerful and wel ...more
I would have been interested in seeing visual/art submissions, too, not just the poetry and prose that makes up the book.
There's a brief chapter on sexuality, but it only mentions lesbians and homosexuals, nothing o ...more
(Look at my personal description)
Ophelia Speaks by Sara Shandler is a book that would catch your eyes if you want some unspoken truth. This book is a collection of sad but very true poems, essays, journals, and stories. These are multiple stories, poems, etc in each chapter which proved the amount of people that have been affected by these topics. This book contains subjects about death, self harm, abuse and sexual harassment, so be warned!!! This book over all gave me a wider perspective ...more
My first reading by Sara Shandler has brought everyday problems throughout young adolescent girls to my attention. Everyone knows that people face dilemmas throughout their high school careers, but know one will know each detail or exact feeling like this book gives.Ophelia Speaks follows the stories of multiple adolescent girls with multiple different dilemmas towards their everyday lives in five parts.
Part one, known as “The Body Under Assault” gives examples based on eating disorders, self-in...more
Ophelia Speaks is a collection of true writings from teenage girls across the nation, highlighting their troubles.
What We Think
Reviewed by Living Destiny
So I picked this book up in eighth grade. My seat looked right at it for maybe four months before i decided to try it. (I’m pretty sure Mr. creepy-teacher-dude recommended it to me too). I thought, eh it’ll pass the time. It ended up being really powerful and some of it really shocked me.
Sara Shandler is not really the author. She’s more ...more
A-now classic book, Mary Pipher's _Reviving Ophelia_ strived to convey the struggles of adolescent girls who were coming of age in "a girl-poisoning culture." However, 17-year-old Sara Shandler realized the best way to do this would be allow the girls to speak for themselves. Passionately engaged in her mission, Sara collected over 800 contributions from adolescent girls on a variety of topics including depression, eating disorders, substance use, self-harm, sexuality, relati ...more
This book does the same, mixing the innocent with the unthinkable, the child with the woman.
Sara Shandler is a terrific writer and role model for young women to emulate. At 16 (inspired by Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia), she took a brilliant concept to a publishing company, received a contract, and went about making her vision become a reality. The output, this book, is a heart-wrenching look into the deepest secrets of ad ...more
Overall, it was interesting and sometimes heartbreaking to read about their st ...more