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Here We Are
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Here We Are
Feminism for the Real World
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Let's get the feminist party started!

Here We Are is a scrapbook-style teen guide to understanding what it means to be a twenty-first-century feminist. It's packed with contributions from a diverse range of voices, including TV, film, and pop-culture celebrities and public figures such as ballet dancer Michaela DePrince and her sister Mia and politician Wendy Davis, as well as popular authors like Nova Ren Suma, Malinda Lo, Brandy Colbert, Courtney Summers, and many more. All together, the book features more than forty-four pieces and illustrations.
Here We Are is a response to lively discussions about the true meaning of feminism on social media and across popular culture and is an invitation to one of the most important, life-changing, and exciting parties around.

Let's get the feminist party started!

Here We Are is a scrapbook-style teen guide to understanding what it means to be a twenty-first-century feminist. It's packed with contributions from a diverse range of voices, including TV, film, and pop-culture celebrities and public figures such as ballet dancer Michaela DePrince and her sister Mia and politician Wendy Davis, as well as popular authors like Nova Ren Suma, Malinda Lo, Brandy Colbert, Courtney Summers, and many more. All together, the book features more than forty-four pieces and illustrations.
Here We Are is a response to lively discussions about the true meaning of feminism on social media and across popular culture and is an invitation to one of the most important, life-changing, and exciting parties around.

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    6 - 9


About the Author-
  • Kelly Jensen is a former librarian-turned-editor for Book Riot and Stacked. She's the author of It Happens: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader. She loves black licorice and debating genre. Follow her on Twitter: @veronikellymars.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from November 28, 2016
    Blogger and editor Jensen compiles a scrapbook-style collection of diverse reflections on feminism’s past and present from more than 40 authors, poets, and artists. Each of the book’s seven sections (“Body and Mind,” “Gender, Sex, and Sexuality,” etc.) features thoughtful and challenging essays that consider the intersection of feminism with body image, disability, mental illness, privilege, appropriation, sexuality, gender identity, and creativity. Brief “FAQs About Feminism,” lists, reading suggestions, and artwork intersperse with longer pieces; most are original to this anthology, though well-chosen excerpts of published work from the likes of Roxane Gay and Mindy Kaling are also included. Laurie Halse Anderson and Courtney Summers discuss rape culture in life and their literature; Sarah McCarry, Kayla Whaley, and Erika T. Wurth offer compassionate appeals to their younger selves; and comics artists and poets are also represented (“We were taught that just because something happens/ doesn’t mean you are to talk about it,” writes Zariya Allen). Sophisticated yet entirely accessible, the collection is valuable both for the breadth of thought and perspective it represents and for the support it directs toward readers. Ages 14–up. Agent: Tina Wexler, ICM. (Feb.)

  • School Library Journal

    Starred review from January 1, 2017

    Gr 7 Up-The ever-evolving concept of feminism is approached through a variety of mediums, from essays and drawings to comics and poems, in this fantastic collected work. In six chapters, more than 40 contributors explore how necessary feminism is for both women and men, whether they engage with it personally, socially, or politically. A broad but always inclusive experience of feminism is conveyed. In a reproduced interview with Tricia Romano for DAME magazine, Laverne Cox emphasizes that trans issues are feminist issues. Liz Prince's comic So I Guess This Is Growing Up reveals how she exhibited misogynistic behavior toward other women when she was younger. Interspersed throughout the chapters are lists ("Top Ten Black Female Friendships," "Great Female Scientists") and sections titled "FAQs About Feminism." Bold, patterned borders surround the essays, with doodles and collage-style illustrations by Palese scattered throughout. There are also a number of examples of original artwork (for instance, Tyler Feder's "Intersectional Rosie the Riveter"). This eclectic assembly will educate, inspire, and prompt further exploration. VERDICT There is something here for everyone. This celebratory examination of feminism is a much-needed addition to teen collections.-Tamara Saarinen, Pierce County Library, WA

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    Starred review from December 1, 2016
    A progressive antidote to the ancient teen health textbooks that mull over the dry basics of teen identity. Jensen here assembles a stellar collection of writings--prose, illustrated pieces, and poetry--that showcase contemporary expressions of feminism: what it is, what it isn't, and what it can be, as defined by each writer. Representing a diverse demographic, contributing authors include Roxane Gay, Anne Theriault, Malinda Lo, Daniel Jose Older, Ashley Hope Perez, and Alida Nugent. Prominent authors and performers share space with bloggers and young people, and voices span a range of gender expressions. Characteristic of the quality on offer is a priceless, heartfelt comic by Wendy Xu that explores the bumpy road of a teen romance that ultimately moves her to affirm her Asian identity. The mix of approaches and the brevity of the pieces make this a book that can easily act as a text for any high school class wanting to engage with the topic of feminism. The collection deconstructs stereotypical notions of feminism, teaching readers that feminism is more than just transcending gender norms. Through the multiplicity of stories, readers learn that feminism is a personal statement that expresses itself differently for each individual. With its thoughtful, scrapbooklike design and variety of socio-economic and cultural perspectives, the book invites young readers to engage in this roundtable discussion. An embarrassment of riches. (Anthology. 12-18)

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