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I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,984 ratings  ·  365 reviews
In this daring book, internationally acclaimed author and playwright Eve Ensler offers fictional monologues and stories inspired by girls around the globe. Fierce, tender, and smart, I Am an Emotional Creature is a celebration of the authentic voice inside every girl and an inspiring call to action for girls everywhere to speak up, follow their dreams, and become the women ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Villard (first published 2010)
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Debbie "DJ"
This is a book I will cherish for many years to come. In it, Eve Ensler creates dialogues for girls, each inspired "by an article, an experience, a memory, a dream, a wish, an image, or a moment of grief and rage. Many "Girl Facts" are given before topics. One such fact was, "Barbie was based on a German doll named Lilli that was sold as a sexy novelty for men." I adored each and every monologue, sometimes written as prose, poetry, or story. All touched my heart in profound ways, as they each ev ...more
Wow! A powerful, thought-provoking book all about girls. This small collection has a big impact. As other reviewers say, this book should be required reading for high school girls. It will get girls thinking about the way they act and the way they are treated; about what society allows, expects, and forbids. Reading these stories might help girls gain confidence and independence. The book will no doubt offer solace and insight for those who are right in the middle of the fucked-up girl and boy a ...more
Thing Two
May 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Daughters
Recommended to Thing Two by: Book Club
Manifesta to Young Women and Girls


Find a man
Seek protection
The world is scary
Don't go out
You are weak
Don't care so much
They're only animals
Don't be so intense
Don't cry so much
You can't trust anyone
Don't talk to strangers
People will take advantage of you
Close your legs
Girls aren't good with:
Making difficult decisions
Lifting things
Putting things together
International news
Flying planes
Being in charge.
If he rapes you, surrender,
you will get killed trying to
Feb 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll tell you why I bothered picking up this book: (1) I loved the graffiti-like cover, which reminded me of the doodling I used to pen  over my books in high school, and (2) I really respect and enjoy Eve Ensler's writing. I saw a performance of The Vagina Monologues and loved the subversive way she used humor and fictional stories to tackle real women's issues around the world. So, when I saw that she had released a similar collection, but targeted for girls and teens, I instantly had to pick ...more
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenage girls
I Am An Emotional Creature

In this provocative and poignant compilation of imaginary stories and monologues, internationally bestselling author/playwright Eve Ensler (of The Vagina Monologues fame) provided a literary subwoofer for every girl’s muted voice and timid stance in a world where they are forced to remain true to themselves or to conform to society’s expectations in an attempt to please.

I Am An Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls around the World is a must-read for all teenage girls, especially those th
Rachel Nicole Wagner
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book deserves far more than 5 stars. I want to call attention to every young lady and every young woman reading this review right now. You need to read this book. It will change your life. It will make you feel like you're not alone in the struggles of being a girl in this big blue world. PICK THIS BOOK UP NOW AND READ IT! I am an emotional creature touched me, healed me, and spoke to me in ways I didn't think was possible. Wow. Wow. Wow.
I am an emotional creature, and there's nothin
Although well-intentioned, Eve Ensler's collection of stories/poems/monologues I Am An Emotional Creature definitely did not sit well with me. She attempts to write an authentic account of teenage girls around the world, however her language and writing style does not succeed that goal. There's no real "connection" in her book and most of the pieces come off as inauthentic. The pieces play into stereotypes of girls in third world countries, which makes me warry and wonder if Ms. Ensler's book is ...more
Dec 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I am an Emotional Creature is a collection of fictional short stories written in verse. From the description, I'll admit, I assumed there were multiple authors. Instead Eve Ensler takes on the challenges of girlhood around the world by writing from the perspective of different girls experiencing a wide range of circumstances.

This book packs a lot of big ideas into very few words, but like any anthology it has some limitations. The more I read I am an Emotional Creature the more I enjoyed it. It
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know much about who Eve Ensler is except through the three books I've read from her, but I do know I love her books, her ideas, her heart and her spirit. So many people, especially the poor and the women of the world, are exploited to no means and have very little resources to escape their shitty fate. So many of these vulnerable people don't have a voice. So many are harmed or killed before change comes. And when change does come, it's ALWAYS a small few brave people who decide to rise ...more
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring, relatable, and, at times, really heartbreakingly sad. I've been wanting to read this book for years after falling in love with the epilogue poem 'Manifesta to Young Women and Girls' when I was 21, so I'm happy that I finally read this beautiful book.
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, feminism
Loved it. Review to come.
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book I chose, I am an Emotional Creature consisted of authentic stories based off of girls around the world that were comfortable with sharing their stories to the author, Eve Ensler who then fictionalized their words into monologues. Stories of girls from all corners of the globe struggling with eating disorders, genital mutilation, slavery, plastic surgery, contradictions with sex, pregnancy, and peer pressure all powerfully written into one book. This book represents all waves of feminism ...more
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was a three-star rating up to the last few pages when I decided "I really like this book!!!"
First off, I picked this book based on its amazing book cover and catchy title. Shallow? I know.
I love loved the fictional stories which were based on international characters, especially the one about the Iranian little girl who was forced into a nose job.
Coming from an Arab background, I respected the fact that Eve did not connect feminist hardships to religion. For example, in her story
Ms. Jay
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EMPOWERING........I absolutely loved this book, it literally just opened me up. I am 19 years and I thought Okay this book is going to be for younger girls ,but it wasnt. This book really made me think about the possitive side of being a girl and inspired me. this book will have you so wrapped up in it ,in the midst of reading this book I immediately started praying for the girls all over the world who have been sex slaves ,sold into slavery,who have contracted diseases from the men raping them, ...more
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not the audience for this book-it is written for teenage girls, not a 35 year old mother of three. But, I began crying as soon as I cracked the introduction because it was as if Eve Ensler knew the deepest, darkest parts of me. So, I read on. And the adult me disappeared more and more with each word until I was whispering the pieces to the awkward teenage girl that is still inside me. And, I heard her cry out in understanding. The book was like a balm to the soul of that 16 year old girl th ...more
Andrea Salayová
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I want to read
so I can read the Koran
read the signs in the street
know the number of the bus
I'm supposed to take
when I one day leave this house.”

This is collection of thoughts, beautiful thoughts about girls and women around the world. Sometimes we forget what girls in some countries (or in our own countries) have to go through.

“If you are trying to please, how do you take responsibility for your own needs? How do you even know what your own needs are? What do you have to cut off in yourse
Ciji Ann Heiser
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book was remarkable. My heart was filled with love, kindness, pride, and a desire to dig in and live my life to the fullest. This book also put things in perspective.. Women around the world face challenges that are so horrid - anything we (in the US) can help. The power of women is amazing.
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
Everything you need and more.
Bethany Miller
I am an Emotional Creature is a collection of writings – including monologues, dialogues, poems, and stories – that paint a picture of what it is like to be a teenage girl in contemporary society. Ensler writes from the perspective of a wide variety of girls dealing with vastly different issues from the girl living in an American suburb suffering from Anorexia to a Chinese factory worker who works twelve-hour days to make the heads of Barbie dolls. The common thread amongst all of these characte ...more
Elizabeth A
Dec 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, essays, poetry
Book blurb: Through rants, poetry, questions, and facts, we come to understand the universality of girls everywhere: their resiliency, their wildness, their pain, their fears, their secrets, and their triumphs. I Am an Emotional Creature is a call, a reckoning, an education, an act of empowerment for girls, and an illumination for parents and for us all.

I am a huge fan of Eve Ensler's work, and but this one did not work as well for me as her previous works. This book is a collection of prose, po
Sep 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have great respect for Ensler, her writing, and her beliefs, but I simply do not have the heart or mind for this type of writing. I dislike poetry and prefer my narratives to the point with the least amount of flowery language possible. This book was the exact opposite. I’m sure there are many who will adore it, but I just couldn’t get into it.

The last piece, Manifesta To Young Women and Girls, seemed to do exactly the opposite of what Ensler was going for in the beginning. She laments the fac
Jan 30, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While I like the premise of sharing the plight of girls worldwide, I have a problem with the provocative nature of this book. There are probably some girls whose lives are gritty enough to appreciate this book. However, I think this is too raw for the majority of young girls. The important message could have been conveyed without exposing girls to unnecessary sensationalism.
nicky ✧
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i read this bitch in a day WHAT
"The monologues in this book are scripts for girls' resistance." (xv)

Having attended Douglas, the women's college of Rutgers University, I, of course, have seen several productions of The Vagina Monologues, and have read plenty of feminist works...And as the soon-to-be ELA teacher at the Santa Fe Girls' School and a fierce advocate for teen girls, the words of Eve Ensler and other "sisters" of this cause do resonate with me on many levels, though I do get infuriated when the "feminist" message b
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eve Ensler is amazing.

I want to thank her for writing these monologues. Every single one of them will empower you. Please read it. Please.

Ain Ashura
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Between 2.5-3 stars. It doesn't feel authentic.
Rogene Carter
Shout out loud, tell everyone, fantastic.
Dz.Book Fairy
"...mainly we are refusers.
We don’t accept your world
your rules your wars
We don’t accept your cruelty and unkindness."
"I am an emotional creature.
It’s how the earth got made.
How the wind continues to pollinate.
You don’t tell the Atlantic Ocean
to behave."
"It’s easier to be mean than smart
But that isn’t who you are."
Emilie Guan
This book pulls no punches and brims with life (and makes for a perfect battle/living mantra).
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every girl must read this book
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Eve Ensler is an internationally bestselling author and an award-winning playwright whose works include The Vagina Monologues, The Good Body, Insecure at Last, and I Am an Emotional Creature, since adapted for the stage as Emotional Creature. She is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised more than $90 million for local groups and activis ...more

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