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How I Resist

How I Resist, May 2018
by Maureen Johnson

Wednesday Books
224 pages
ISBN: 1250168368
EAN: 9781250168368
Kindle: B076B4RT7D
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"Inspiring and engaging... a wonderful resource for young activists!"

Fresh Fiction Review

How I Resist
Maureen Johnson

Reviewed by Danielle Dresser
Posted July 7, 2018

Non-Fiction Political

In HOW I RESIST, edited by Maureen Johnson, thirty diverse authors, actors, activists, and leaders (among other interesting professions) come together to offer advice and insight to young people looking for ways to get involved with their communities during this difficult political climate. The overall effect is inspiring and invigorating: no matter your age, ability to vote, or access to resources, there are ways to get involved with causes that you care about. Each essay, poem, or piece of artwork showcases the strengths of the person writing, and conveys an uplifting message, even while admitting frustration, confusion, or malaise.

Useful both inside and outside of the classroom, HOW I RESIST runs the gamut of topics that anyone, young or old, is paying attention to right now. From the president of Rock the Vote Carolyn Dewitt to Broadway actor Javier Muñoz, and everyone in between, this would make a great read for young readers looking for some kind of direction on how to get more involved. Above all, this book has a positivity that is at the forefront of most of the essays, and that really gives a sense of hope and happiness. The essayists are sharing their stories to inspire, not to discourage readers, even if the subject matter can be difficult. Even in the current social climate, young people can make a difference, and shape the future into something new.

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SUMMARY

Now, more than ever, young people are motivated to make a difference in a world they're bound to inherit. They're ready to stand up and be heard - but with much to shout about, where they do they begin? What can I do? How can I help?

How I Resist is the response, and a way to start the conversation. To show readers that they are not helpless, and that anyone can be the change. A collection of essays, songs, illustrations, and interviews about activism and hope, How I Resist features an all-star group of contributors, including, John Paul Brammer, Libba Bray, Lauren Duca, Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband Justin Mikita, Alex Gino, Hebh Jamal, Malinda Lo, Dylan Marron, Hamilton star Javier Muñoz, Rosie O'Donnell, Junauda Petrus, Jodi Picoult, Jason Reynolds, Karuna Riazi, Maya Rupert, Dana Schwartz, Dan Sinker, Ali Stroker, Jonny Sun (aka @jonnysun), Sabaa Tahir, Shaina Taub, Daniel Watts, Jennifer Weiner, Jacqueline Woodson, and more, all edited and compiled by New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson.

In How I Resist, readers will find hope and support through voices that are at turns personal, funny, irreverent, and instructive. Not just for a young adult audience, this incredibly impactful collection will appeal to readers of all ages who are feeling adrift and looking for guidance.

How I Resist is the kind of book people will be discussing for years to come and a staple on bookshelves for generations.


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