How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation Paperback – Illustrated, May 15, 2018
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"The world is a bit of a mess, but it's not always easy to figure out ways to help. Just in time for the midterm elections, How I Resist is a perfect activism guidebook, featuring essays, stories, songs, and more from celebrities and some of the biggest names in YA. Even in dark times, this anthology promotes hope, showing how individual voices and efforts can truly make a difference. " -- Bustle
"Candor and passion radiate from the 30 voices raised in this trenchant and timely compendium of interviews, essays, reflections, illustrations, and poems." -- Publisher's Weekly
"[Maureen Johnson] has done an exceptional job calling on different voices to share their wisdom and thoughts on making a difference" -- School Library Journal
"This offers plenty of access points for teens looking for advice, catharsis, and/or motivation." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
About the Author
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250168368
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250168368
- Dimensions : 7.11 x 0.65 x 8.99 inches
- Publisher : Wednesday Books; Illustrated edition (May 15, 2018)
- Reading level : 13 - 18 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #111,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So this is a neat book targeted towards teenagers (but entertaining and inspiring for all of us) with essays, poems, songs and more creative work from all kinds of people, explaining why and how they "resist." Sometimes "resist" means protesting, or making art, or just being yourself in an unfriendly world - but in all cases, it means finding the truth, having compassion, and standing up for what's right. Three things this world could surely use a lot more of lately, and in the long run.
I do wish the book had more visuals - art, photographs, more comics, etc. - as well as links to things like a recording of the song (shown in the book via sheet music), or but I love that it has a "reading list" of resistance books suggested by librarians from around the country!
One thing that I think is super important in anthologies is the order of the pieces. Reading How I Resist, it was clear that Johnson put a lot of time into thinking about the order of the pieces and it really works. The first few pieces were definitely riveting and more on the creative side, with a few interviews interspersed. The placement of the pieces worked super well, and I really liked Karuna Riazi’s ending.
While I do recommend it, the length of the entire anthology is so much shorter than I expected. With an all-star contributor list like that, I think that some pieces could’ve been longer. A few of the pieces were only a page in length and I definitely skimmed over the more practical stuff like “how to call your reps” or Johnny Sun’s piece on how to read media (since that’s stuff I already know how to do). I think that stuff passed me by only because I am not the target age audience, which I understand is more of a personal thing vs. a problem with the collection itself.
Overall, if you’re looking for an inspiring collection with bits of informational necessities in it, then I highly recommend How I Resist.
The youth of today are getting more tech savvy, and understanding much more of what is going on in the world than I feel like I was at their age. They see the issues prevalent in the world that they will inherit; and they’re ready to start making a difference. The problem is, they’re too young to vote, and often aren’t taken very seriously. Add to that, they don’t always have the life experience or the confidence to be heard. Plus… all the issues, all the problems…. it all seems so huge that it could be overwhelming.
Where do you begin? How do you find your way? Will it even matter? Through essays, interviews and other forms we go through these questions. Each piece is geared toward giving non violent ideas on how to be heard, choosing your platform, who to talk to…. along with the resounding message that the reader is not alone.
I have a book hangover (*sips coffee*). I couldn’t put this book down, and ended up reading it- and rereading my favorite parts- in one day. My eBook is covered with highlights and notes. Actually, I also bought the audiobook and would consider the hardback as well if I didn’t think Warren would kill me.
When I first heard about this book, I was ecstatic. If done right, this could be one of the most important books of the year to my mind. You have youths that are strong, articulate and courageous like Emma Gonzales. She inspires me, as I know she has thousands of others. But I feel like she is the exception, not the rule. Most young people aren’t ready for that sort of platform- some people like myself will never be. So what do you do? You still want to help, everyone wants to leave the world better than they found it. But it seems like too much- these things could swallow you whole!
That’s where this book comes in. With every short story, essay, song and interview we are given clear, concise directives on what can be done behind the scenes. On steps that we can take, and people to contact. Not only that, but we are told time and again that we aren’t alone. I feel like that’s important. With every shared experience you get a sense of community and togetherness. The world isn’t so crazy when you know there are others that felt what you feel, and hear about what they did about it. The book both gave me peace from the gnawing anxiety that the news now gives me; along with hope. Almost serenity. I may not be able to do much…. but I have a voice and I can be heard. That is what I came away with (along with a hefty list of books that I could read as I move further into activism). I feel like it would do the same for my niece, and really for anyone. For me, this is a five star book. normal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star rating
On the adult content side, I don’t feel like there was much of anything. Light cursing. Honestly I feel like this book was made for any age so long as they have the vocabulary necessary, or a dictionary handy. I don’t feel it deserves a rating at all, it’s so low. General.svg
The book is out, and I have to say I think everyone should be reading it. This could be one of the definitive books of the year- and I don’t say that lightly.