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 DateMar 1st, 2018
PublisherWednesday Books
GenreNonfiction, Anthologies, Short Stories, Writing, Essays, Politics, Social Issues, Activism, Feminism

Reviews How I Resist

  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Rhiannon
    *I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review*5 StarsThis book was great! It did a good job of showing what resistance looks like in many forms, that merely existing can be resistance. It showed me I am not alone, and gave me a sense of solidarity and empowerment. There were parts that I heavily identified with, parts that made me cry, parts that made me laugh. It shows a path forward and that the despair we may all feel right now is not th...
  • Tara
    How I Resist is a collection of political writings for teenagers, written by popular authors, celebrities, and people involved in politics. While I really enjoyed many of the pieces, I'm not sure that I have the reviews yet to support buying this for the school library. Ultimately the main idea of getting involved in standing up for marginalized groups is well supported, and some students will really love this book.I read an ARC from NetGalley.
  • Bekca
    Reading this has given me so much more hope and solace and inspiration in today’s political society. It’s so refreshing hearing what all these lovely individuals have to say about their personal experiences with their background or beliefs and such help getting back and forth ideas for how you can actually help without feeling like it’s to no avail. It makes you feel more attached to and hopeful for our society.
  • Olivia G
    I received this book as a part of a Goodreads Giveaway and loved every second.Filled with varying pieces that explore activism and how we can fight back without losing our selves, our energy, and our drive this book really dug deep into the hard issues and didn't let go.I think this book would be great in any curriculum, on your shelf, or for a gift to any activist you know. Enjoy, inhale, and spread the love and knowledge it contains.
  • Shannon Sweeney
    A cute collection of different ways to resist from some of today's influential names. A diverse picking of authors covering many different occupations and ways to be an activist. The editors occasionally check in with commentary and have refreshing back-and-forths. This is very clearly geared towards today's teens, which in my opinion is amazing. It's less "how to" than spreading empowering messages for everyday activism for the up and coming gen...
  • Feathertofly
    I received an ARC copy and therefore, not all of the pieces in the anthology were there so I couldn't give it a full five stars, having there be parts of the book I couldnt read, but I think if you want to know what you can do to be a better ally or activist, this is a great read.
  • Mariejkt
    Interesting book on resistance but do know it is heavy on one side only.
  • Brooke Nadzam
    A great collection. Thus speaks directly to the YA population with advise and ideas for ways that they can resist. It's not a how-to thought. It's an inspiration.