Teenage girls tell their most urgent stories, punctuated by inspiration and advice from Zadie Smith, Roxane Gay, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, and more of today's great writers.
"Important work . . . A beautiful example of what happens when you let girls write and share it with the world." —Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Teen Vogue
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 country while holding onto their heritage. Through it all, these young writers tackle issues of race, gender, poverty, sex, education, politics, family, and friendship. Together their narratives capture indelible snapshots of the past and lay bare hopes, insecurities, and wisdom for the future.
Interwoven is advice from great women writers—Roxane Gay, Francine Prose, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zadie Smith, Quiara Alegria Hudes, Janet Mock, Gloria Steinem, Lena Dunham, Mia Alvar, and Alice Walker—offering guidance to a young reader about where she's been and where she might go. Inspiring and informative, Girls Write Now belongs in every school, library and home, adding much-needed and long-overdue perspectives on what it is to be young in America.
About the Author
Girls Write Now mentors underserved young women to find their voices through the power of writing and community.Founded in 1998, Girls Write Now is New York’s first and only writing and mentoring organization for girls, and one of the nation’s top after school programs as distinguished twice by the White House and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Girls Write Now has been honored twice by the Nonprofit Excellence Awards as one of New York City’s top ten nonprofits, and twice by the New York City Council as one of the city’s top girl only initiative. Girls Write Now writers have performed at Lincoln Center and the United Nations, published original work in Newsweek, Elle India, AOL Cambio, Huffington Post and the Girls Write Now award-winning anthology, and earned hundreds of Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Both a feat of literary awesomeness and a slice of inspirational magic. Every page feels like a peek inside the high school diary of a future Pulitzer-Prize-winning author living at a climactic moment in time and defining for herself who she wants to be. . . . These essays amplify the fact that young girls everywhere deserve to be heard. Soak them in and marvel at their unique brilliance.
— BUST Magazine
Important work . . . A beautiful example of what happens when you let girls write and share it with the world.
— Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Teen Vogue
Through poetic verse and infused with native language, these 116 autobiographical short stories from black, Asian, and Latina young women are thoughtful, earnest, raw, regretful, angry, and impassioned . . . The authors' authentic experiences will elicit strong emotional reactions from readers and maybe even encourage them to write their own. Strongly recommended.
— Booklist (Starred Review)
Find in these pages whispered, shouted, necessary notes on our present in the voices of girls on their way to becoming women.
— Naomi Jackson
This book is a resounding affirmation of young female life, in all its multiplicity.
— Tavi Gevinson
Deeply important work—young women, now more than ever, must claim their own stories.
— Emma Cline
Warning: there is so much heart, intensity, guts, and sheer talent in these pages, you’re going to need to remind yourself to breathe.
— Lynn Melnick
These voices are brilliant and daring and playful and coming into their own. They are an absolute pleasure to read.
— Nicola Yoon
Girls Write Now is doing amazing things to encourage young women to look within and see that their point of view is not only valid and important, but essential.
— Abbi Jacobson
The revolution is now and girls are leading the way! They are not afraid to speak up. These are the voices of our future leaders, activists, change makers. Give this book to all the girls and boys in your life. Give it to all the adults. Read it. Listen to their words. This is the revolution.
— Ellen Oh
It sounds like a fantasy, too good for this world. A place where women and girls meet to write and discuss writing. Incredible.
— Ilana Glazer
Each story here is a reminder that we build writers by not only believing that they have the talent and spirit it takes to write, but also by showing them how our very voices can influence the world.
— Lisa Lucas
The writing here is fresh and alive. You are about to experience the great joy of reading new artists as they begin to discover themselves and their powers.
— Kaitlyn Greenidge
Seeing these brilliant and driven young women take on the world through words gives me so much hope for the future, both of television and the world.
— Jenni Konner