Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage

Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage

7 Hours and 5 Minutes A powerful collection of essays from actors, activists, athletes, politicians, musicians, writers, and teens, including Senator Amy Klobuchar, actress Alia Shawkat, actor Maulik Pancholy, poet Azure Antoinette, teen activist Gavin Grimm, and many, many more, each writing about a time in their youth when they were held back because of their race, gende...

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Title:Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage
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Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage Reviews

  • Liza Wiemer

    I read this book cover to cover in one sitting and found the stories to be inspiring. Not only that, but after some reflection what impressed me was the attitude of almost every one of the authors. They faced difficult challenges, but the lack of bitterness was impressive, especially since they could easily have fallen into that and allowed their anger, frustration, hurt, and pain to be their message. Instead, almost every one utilized their adversity—whether it was racism, anti-Semitism, a disa

    I read this book cover to cover in one sitting and found the stories to be inspiring. Not only that, but after some reflection what impressed me was the attitude of almost every one of the authors. They faced difficult challenges, but the lack of bitterness was impressive, especially since they could easily have fallen into that and allowed their anger, frustration, hurt, and pain to be their message. Instead, almost every one utilized their adversity—whether it was racism, anti-Semitism, a disability, anti-gay actions and so much more—as fuel to persist. What a way to persevere and excel! Even in the face of failure and rejection, these individuals ended up achieving great things and making an important impact on this world.

    I hope this book inspires others and gives them the courage to take control over their personal narrative, allowing them to write their own stories instead of having someone else define them. This is a beautiful and important book filled with lots of hope!

  • Marcie

    Nevertheless, We Persisted is a collection of powerful essays about overcoming obstacles that stand in the way of your dreams. The essays are written by athletes, actors, activists, politicians, writers, teenagers, musicians, and more. Even though this book is geared toward young adults, people of all ages will be inspired by these essays.

    From the foreword to the very last page, this book is full of wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration.

    In this world where we are defined by our limitations and

    Nevertheless, We Persisted is a collection of powerful essays about overcoming obstacles that stand in the way of your dreams. The essays are written by athletes, actors, activists, politicians, writers, teenagers, musicians, and more. Even though this book is geared toward young adults, people of all ages will be inspired by these essays.

    From the foreword to the very last page, this book is full of wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration.

    In this world where we are defined by our limitations and our inability to break through stereotypes, it's a breath of fresh air to read something so motivating. Every single essay deals with a different obstacle that each author had to overcome: prejudice, handicaps, sexism, and so much more.

    There are many quotes that I've written down to look at when I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed, but my favorite is "May you always remember that obstacles in the path are not obstacles, the are the path."

    Everybody struggles with something and the obstacles that we face not only challenge us, but make us stronger.

    I wish there were more inspiring stories like this out there, especially for younger kids, to see that it can get better. They can achieve their goals through persistence, and that others have come before them, already paving the way. It's not easy, but so worth it.

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  • Reba

    I loved the breadth and scope of the voices represented in this collection. If I could change anything, it would be to maybe organize the book into sections; social justice warriors, sports, television/movie stars, etc. However, what an uplifting, inspiring collection!

  • Erikka

    This short collection of essays by people from all walks of life conquering adversity was vey inspiring in the current era. From standing up to sexism and homophobia, to making great strides for a particular race, to recognizing and flourishing in the face of discrimination against a disability, this book is a great read for anyone who feels like they are up against a wall. There is an answer, there is support, and there is a way. You just have to persist.

  • Stephanie Ward

    'Nevertheless, We Persisted' is exactly what it's title says: stories about hate and prejudice and how these people overcame their obstacles with strength, courage, and defiance. I'm not normally a YA contemporary person - especially not nonfiction, but I'm glad I gave this book a shot because it really opened my heart and my eyes. We all go about our daily lives with problems that bother us - some small and others large - and we can decide to let them win or we can defeat them. I can personally

    'Nevertheless, We Persisted' is exactly what it's title says: stories about hate and prejudice and how these people overcame their obstacles with strength, courage, and defiance. I'm not normally a YA contemporary person - especially not nonfiction, but I'm glad I gave this book a shot because it really opened my heart and my eyes. We all go about our daily lives with problems that bother us - some small and others large - and we can decide to let them win or we can defeat them. I can personally relate to this as I suffer from mental illness, which feels like a never-ending battle every single day of my life. The stories I read about were from people of different ages, religions, nationalities, sexual preference, etc. but they all had the same thing in common - rising above the hate and prejudice. How they managed to stand up and stay strong during difficult times. I honestly can't imagine how I would react if I were put in most of these situations. It's hard to think about them really happening to people, and honestly, it makes most of my problems seem so small and insignificant in comparison. I'm not going to review each of the forty-eight stories, but everything I've said applies to each of them. It's a bittersweet combination of the horrible things these people went through and the fantastic ways they decided to overcome them. I highly recommend this book for readers of all ages and all genres. It will resonate with everyone and I truly believe we need to open our eyes and hearts to these types of situations. I know it did that for me. Also, definitely recommended for readers looking for stories containing diverse characters.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Ben Ostrowsky

    A mixed bag, but many excellent essays. (If you're one of the contributors, I assure you, dear reader: yours was one of the very best.)

  • Brandi

    This collection of essays highlights the experiences of a variety of individuals from politicians to professional athletes to teen activists. These are real people telling real stories in their own words. As a result, these essays are often a little less polished than those in similar anthologies (recent release Hope Nation for instance). However, these stories are still powerful. Two standouts include a letter written from an older sister to her younger brother who was a victim of the Sandy Hoo

    This collection of essays highlights the experiences of a variety of individuals from politicians to professional athletes to teen activists. These are real people telling real stories in their own words. As a result, these essays are often a little less polished than those in similar anthologies (recent release Hope Nation for instance). However, these stories are still powerful. Two standouts include a letter written from an older sister to her younger brother who was a victim of the Sandy Hook massacre and an essay from a Holocaust survivor. The well-written discussion questions at the end are an added bonus, although they feel more suited to use as writing prompts. Hand this to teen activists who have already devoured similar titles like Hope Nation and How I Resist. Recommended for large high school library collections.

  • Cherie

    Inspirational middle grade/YA book on people who persisted despite all obstacles.

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