HOW I RESIST REVIEW | A GREAT BOOK FOR YOUNG ACTIVISTS

May 4, 2018 | Posted by Victoria in Book Reviews | 1 Comment

HOW I RESIST REVIEW | A GREAT BOOK FOR YOUNG ACTIVISTSby Maureen Johnson
Genres: Anthology, Non-fiction, Young Adult
Publication Date: May 1, 2018 by Wednesday Books
Format: eARC
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3.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

An all-star collection of essays about activism and hope, edited by bestselling YA author Maureen Johnson.

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, 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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

How I Resist is an anthology edited by Maureen Johnson, and is marketed to readers under the age of 18 who want to be politically active but are too young to vote.

“Because in time, I promise if you keep walking, you’ll get there.”

The anthology has a variety of contributors from a variety of different fields: authors, actors, bloggers, and many more. Not only are the authors from a variety of fields, but they’re from many different status identities as well! And the content is varied as well, there are essays, interviews, songs, comics, and poems, lots of different stuff for everyone.

“People think it’s easier to be silent. To tiptoe around stuff, as opposed to having conversations and confronting and disrupting.”

I think this anthology will be very helpful to young readers, because as the contributors share, there are many different ways to protest. Some say doing your own thing even when people say you shouldn’t is a good way to protest, another post encourages readers to make things and never give up. There’s a little something in here that will appeal to everyone.

One thing I found extremely helpful were the bios on each of the contributors that were placed before their work. There were individuals I’d never heard of before, so having a bio that gave me information about who they were and what they did was helpful and let me understand why they chose to share the content they did.

“You cry. Right there in the middle of the fabric store, faux fur and hideous trim in your hands, making a scene in front of God and Selena Quintanilla in Heaven and all the customers.”

Even though this anthology is all about resisting, it’s written with a very hopeful tone and not negative about our political climate. Some of the contributions were serious, but others had a more humorous tone that kept the book light.

Since this book is all about resisting, share with me what resisting looks like to you!

Victoria

Book Blogger at Latte Nights Review
Victoria is a twenty-two year old from Texas. She’s an avid reader of YA and NA, and reads at least seventy books a year. She is new to blogging, but excited to meet new people and share her favorite books. In addition to being a book hoarder, Victoria is a former gymnast, a coffee enthusiast, and aspires to be a mental health counselor.

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