How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the Next Generation

How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the Next Generation

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...

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Title:How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the Next Generation
Author:Maureen Johnson
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How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the Next Generation Reviews

  • 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 interviews with contributors about their ideas on res

    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 interviews with contributors about their ideas on resistance and life, and there are how-tos on how to contact your representatives and complete other acts that show that you resist.

    I really enjoyed reading all of the book and, even though I am not a teenager, I still found a lot of the essays and perspectives valuable and helpful to my frame of mind about the things happening in the US right now. It made me feel better about the things I am doing, and gave me some more ideas for other things I can do to continue to remain politically active and show that I will not just accept some of the terrible things that are happening right now.

    I honestly don't know what else I can tell you about this collection, except for that it is a must read for any teenager who is looking to get involved in society and resist. It gives a lot of good perspective about protest, but also about self care and a range of ways to engage depending on what you are comfortable with. I highly recommend giving it to any teen, but I also recommend reading it yourself.

    Note: I received this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • 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.

  • 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 exact right moment for a book geared to teens about a

    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 exact right moment for a book geared to teens about activism to come out.

    I read this book in two sittings because I started it at 10 pm and I have to go to work, so I have to sleep. It’s a quick read because it’s essays and the essays are all about 5 pages or so. There is also art, and music, poems, and interviews. Each one is personal and important and from different points of view.

    There’s an interview with Javier Munoz which includes a bit about when Mike Pence went to see Hamilton. Jason Reynolds discusses what it was like growing up as him and getting a tattoo at 16 and who that impacted his life. There’s an interview with Dylan Marron that discusses fandom in activism a little bit. Actors, activist, journalist, and creators of all kinds fill this book with advice and personal stories. I walked away feeling energized and ready to lead the fight.

    With the political climate right now, with the teenagers in Parkland fighting, with all of us finding our voices and wanted to march and fight, this book is perfect. This book gives us a place to start. We don’t have to go out and plan huge rallies. All we have to do is, as Rosie O’Donnell put it so poignantly in her section, is 5 things:

    “Learn everything {you} can.

    Find Like-Minded Folks

    Use {Your} voice

    Twitter {your} ass off

    Show up” – page 127

    If you are ready to change the world and don’t know where to start, this book is this place to begin. This is the moment, find your movement.

  • Shelly

    A lot of strong contributors in this one.

    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 skimmed over the more practical stuff like "how to

    A lot of strong contributors in this one.

    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 skimmed over the more practical stuff like "how to call your reps" or Johnny Sun's piece on how to read media (since that's stuff I already know how to do). I think that stuff passed me by only because I am not the target age audience, which I understand is more of a me thing vs. a problem with the collection itself.

  • 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 process.

    Obviously, as someone who isn't a teen nor l

    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 process.

    Obviously, as someone who isn't a teen nor lives in the US, this might not be a meaningful for me as it will be for others. This is especially also the case for the parts written by people with and about marginalisations I don't share. I loved how there was a great mix and people and pieces I saw parts of myself in (grateful that somebody talked about being disabled!) and pieces I couldn't, knowing that others would.

    I especially loved Sabaa Tahir's poem and Karuna Riazi's and Rebecca Roanhorse's pieces called "Refilling the Well" and "Thoughts on Resistance" respectively.

    I feel like there's little else I can say about this book, other than that it gave me some extra fire, and we need all we can get.

  • Basma  Amin

    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 done in many different ways if being a public spea

    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 done in many different ways if being a public speaker for instance isn't your thing.

    This book seems to be catered to a younger audience and even more so if you're a teen living in America. Although I think everyone living elsewhere can still find a few essays in there to relate to.

    This is the type of book that I wish I read in middle grade or high school when I basically gave no shit about anything and didn't know anything as well. I think the message behind the book would have affected me more during that time and would have maybe sparked something and made my journey of learning a bit quicker. But as is it stands now, I love what the book is conveying but I felt I wanted more out of it. I wanted more depth, more articulate thoughts and comics (there were a couple in there), more research, more realistic and actionable advice and I guess more of a good ending to each of the essays.

    This collection was a refresher to what I've read thus far and to what I've learned and I guess it's always nice to read something to refresh your mind. If you're someone who's young or you're new to the topics this book is conveying, then this is definitely for you. But if you consume a lot of books about this then I guess I would skip this.

    (netgalley review)

  • Beth

    "Libraries: serving the resistance since forever." You SAID it, Libba Bray!! #MakeAmericaSmartAgain

    So 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 truth, having compassion, and standing up for what's

    "Libraries: serving the resistance since forever." You SAID it, Libba Bray!! #MakeAmericaSmartAgain

    So 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 truth, having compassion, and standing up for what's right. Three things this world could surely use a lot more of lately, and in the long run.

    I do wish the book had more visuals - art, photographs, more comics, etc. - as well as links to things like a recording of the song (shown in the book via sheet music), or but I love that it has a "reading list" of resistance books suggested by librarians from around the country!

    *Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC, provided by the author and/or the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Erin

    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, I am curious as to whether it would appeal to th

    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, I am curious as to whether it would appeal to the actual targeted audience which is our youth.

  • 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 spark activism necessarily like others I've read, it

    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 spark activism necessarily like others I've read, it's more of an instructional guide for feeling okay about your feelings on current politics knowing how others make it okay for themselves. It's for comfort.

    Yet, there's a whole swath of kids that exist-- I'm looking to reach those that are not interested, disinterested, or who wholly don't care about politics and likely don't have an opinion. How many of our kids aren't paying attention because they're off doing other things?

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