How I Resist by Maureen Johnson

How I Resist

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,...

Details How I Resist

TitleHow I Resist
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
PublisherWednesday Books
GenreNonfiction, Anthologies

Reviews How I Resist

  • Erin
    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. 3.75 stars A series of essays, poems, comics, in depth interviews and even a song aim to encourage a continuation of resistance in today's(chiefly the U.S.) political climate. Many big name writers, activists, and actors lend their voices in this collection.My reluctance in awarding it with high stars is that despite the amount of eloquent and carefully crafted selections...
  • Heather
    **I received this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.**Even though this book was geared toward Young Adult readers, I learned a lot from it. And it was entertaining. The essays and interviews were extremely relatable. And I highly recommend it for readers and resisters of all ages.
  • Hristina
    How I Resist is a collection of essays designed to inspire the youth to speak up on the issues they're passionate about. The diversity of the essayists shined through the abundance of subjects that the essays were on. Each of them had a different and refreshing writing style, and the subtle shifts in tone here and there made it easy to consume. I enjoyed this collection a lot.
  • Beth
    "Libraries: serving the resistance since forever." You SAID it, Libba Bray!! #MakeAmericaSmartAgainSo 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 tr...
  • Alicia
    I might be in overload at this point with the amount of short story or compilations I've read recently, but if I try to remain as objective as possible it was a perfect mix of voices to talk about how they resist, hope, dream, stay sane in an unstable world-- they touch on technology and politics, speaking their minds, and keeping on living as a form of resistance. But I guess I'm questioning an audience-- because it's not necessarily there to sp...
  • Sarah A
    How I Resist is a YA anthology and it is AMAZING. It has a vast list of diverse contributors, including authors like Malinda Lo and Sabaa Tahir, actors such as Javier Munoz and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (and his husband) and many others, including activists and journalists. It has essays, poetry, and art--all on the topic of activism and resistance. There are essays on solutions to problems we are facing in the current political climate, there are int...
  • Deanna
    I received an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I watched this book become a thing on Twitter.I don’t know if you remember because honestly, I blocked it out, but 2016/17 was a dumpster fire. After then election Maureen Johnson put out a call to action asking people how they resisted in a world that didn’t seem to want to listen. She got an overwhelming response, and a book was born. I think that this moment is the...
  • Basma A
    This book is a collection of mini essays by diverse voices of what resistance means to each one of them. The essays are about a lot of different topics but there is a big focus on what resistance means in the age of Trump (quite understandable), how can a young person voice their opinions about the issues they care about, how creating stuff whether it's artworks or music or anything can be an act of resistance and how essentially activism can be ...
  • Carol
    While I know many adults feel or felt hopeless after Tr*mp was elected, I can't imagine how teens too young to vote might feel. This book, compiled/narrated by Maureen Johnson and Tim Federle, bring together a diverse and dynamic group of voices that come from all angles: the literary world, entertainment, political activists. Together they give teens hope and a foundation to create a solid action plan to resistance.I received an advance copy fro...
  • Elke (BEroyal)
    This was great! I don't necessarily agree with everything everyone said or has written or created before, but this is an impressive collection of hope, resistance, ideas, guidance, pain and change. I love how much diversity there was, the authors, the topics, the pieces and how they were presented. There are comics, a song, essays, interviews, a poem. There are steps you can actively engage in, ideas you can think about, things to discuss and pro...
  • Shelly
    A lot of strong contributors in this one. How I Resist had a mix of interviews, personal essays, poems, and even a song, which I think worked well together. The placement of the pieces in the anthology felt very purposeful and I think that it paid off. Johnson definitely did a great job with this and I do recommend it, though the length of the entire anthology is so much shorter than I expected. Some pieces I felt were too short and I definitely ...
  • Martha Schwalbe
    I liked the pieces by the authors and personalities I know the best from their work. I enjoyed Libby Bray's piece the most! Reading this book has made me think again about activism, a different time, a different place, yet it goes on.Fear really seems to be what guides the status quo: fear of losing money, fear of losing a seat in politics, fear of change, etc. It has a stranglehold on the policy makers in this country and it isn't letting go.The...
  • Shawnta Dodson
    I received an Advance Uncorrected Proof copy in a GR Giveaway. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the finished copy. I loved getting to see so may different perspectives on resisting. It gave me hope.
  • Natalie VanDusen
    So much of this resonated with me, and inspired me. I want to hunt down the finished version to see the comics and music not included. I received this book as an ARC in a Goodreads giveaway.
  • Erikka
    This is going to be a ready recommendation for my students. I can't think of a single one of my kids who wouldn't love this. Jason Reynolds made a strong case for how difficult it is to be hopeless when you work with kids and teens because they don't understand our generation's hatred for others based on characteristics they can't help (racism, homophobia, sexism, etc). I find my kids to be endlessly inspiring in how little they care about the ap...
  • Faith 09
    A really inspiring book that made me really want to go out and make a difference.
  • gem
    This is the kind of book that needs to be given out in schools, stocked in all libraries and e-copies readily available at a good price for those who read online.The essays in this collection are inspiring, evocative and act as s call to arms for anyone who picks it up.I found lots of ideas, hints and tips that are easily interpreted into everyday life, and others which have certainly made me view things differently.Educational, exciting and utte...
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)Lately I have been feeling so drained. So tired of fighting. So tired of explaining and late night poster making. I know more than ever, that it's what we need to do. It's what the country needs. But in some ways I've felt like my life has been little acts of resistance, of breathing, of speaking. How I Resist was not only a book I...
  • Skjam!
    Disclaimer: I received this advance uncorrected proof through a Goodreads giveaway for the purpose of writing this review. No other compensation was offered or requested. As an uncorrected proof, there will be significant changes between this and the final product.As I write these words, yet another school shooting has sparked an upsurge in student activism. Thus the appearance in my mailbox of this collection of essays and interviews on activism...
  • Victoria
    This review was originally posted on Latte Nights Reviews.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...
  • Marzie
    Maureen Johnson, a bestselling YA author and found of the site YA for Obama, and Tim Federle, a highly lauded writer who has adapted stories like Tuck Everlasting for Broadway and Ferdinand for film, have collected a series of thirty essays, poems, and interviews about Resistance by well-known authors, performers and those in the media. Although the one thing that you'll notice is that not everyone is down with the term. There are also so many wa...
  • Halli Gomez
    No matter who you are and where you live, you have to admit there are problems in every country and the world. Individual and global issues, and each one affects us differently. No matter what you are passionate about, looking at what it takes to make a difference can seem overwhelming. What can we do? Where do we start? HOW I RESIST: ACTIVISM AND HOPE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION shows us the way by entertaining, teaching, and inspiring.The essays, p...
  • Bethany
    I like what this book is trying to do and it has some fantastic content, but unfortunately it fell a bit short of what I was hoping for. How I Resist is a collection of essays and other content (songs, poems, illustrations, interviews etc.) from a variety of authors, activists, celebrities, and more, all aimed at discussing various facets of political resistance (particularly in the Trump era) and how teenagers can get involved in political actio...
  • Suzanne
    Full of stories that try to shed light in a world that some feel is slipping into a dark period, How I Resist will make readers laugh, or cry, or stop and think. All of those are good things. But if these stories, songs, poems, and essays do their jobs - then readers will do more than think and feel. They will Get Woke. Stand Up. Represent. and Change the World!Whether it is a quick to-do list from Rosie O'Donnell, a poem from Daniel J. Watts, or...
  • Jael
    he 2016 election was looooonnnnnnnnggggg and often times exhausting. On election night, when it became clear who the new White House resident would be, I turned off the TV. I also stayed away from news broadcasts and social media for about 10 days. I have the Twitter app on my phone, and I was looking at it constantly. One of these days, I have to take it off my phone. It's just hard to do. After weeks of constant consumption of media during the ...
  • Emily
    I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway. This book is a worthy addition to the publishing world's responses to the last election season and current administration. Although it's aimed at those in the YA realm, I found myself inspired, validated, and encouraged as well. I was impressed by the variety of contributors they found for this collection, ranging from well known YA authors to actors (both stage and screen) to journal...
  • Elizabeth
    I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. It's a good (and short!) collection of essays, interviews, and other things by a diverse group of authors. It's technically for teens, but I was only reminded of the intended audience a few times. The introduction by the editors was a good overview of what to expect and how the project came about, but the epilogue felt a little too, "How do you do, fellow kids?" with the dropping of shook and o...
  • Lanette Rodgers
    This book is not just a great book for teens but for all people who are wondering what they can do to be more active and involved.I loved the art in this book of the individual people but I wish there was more of it (I am thinking of how Notorious RBG had great art and diagrams!)I thought this had a wide variety of essays and works for lots of different types of people so that it was easy to find someone to relate to.I also really appreciated the...
  • Ashlynn
    "How I Resist" is brimming with passion and insight. I enjoyed the multi-genre approach. It felt appropriate given the collage of different voices and identities represented across the text. One of the stand-outs was the poetry of Daniel J. Watts-- absolutely stunning. Also, the recognizable reading list of authors will generate interest with young people. I, too, found myself fangirling over names I that recognize and respect -- Jacqueline Woods...