by Various Authors
Edited by Janet Gurtler
Release Date: January 7th 2020
A timely and heartfelt collection of essays inspired by the #MeToo movement, edited by acclaimed young adult and middle-grade author Janet Gurtler. Featuring Beth Revis, Mackenzi Lee, Ellen Hopkins, Saundra Mitchell, Jennifer Brown, Cheryl Rainfield and many more.
When #MeToo went viral, Janet Gurtler was among the millions of people who began to reflect on her past experiences. Things she had reluctantly accepted—male classmates groping her at recess, harassment at work—came back to her in startling clarity. She needed teens to know what she had not: that no young person should be subject to sexual assault, or made to feel unsafe, less than or degraded.
You Too? was born out of that need. By turns thoughtful and explosive, these personal stories encompass a wide range of experiences and will resonate with every reader who has wondered, “Why is this happening to me?” or secretly felt that their own mistreatment or abuse is somehow their fault—it’s not. Candid and empowering, You Too? is written for teens, but also an essential resource for the adults in their lives—an urgent, compassionate call to listen and create change.
You Too? was not an easy read–and it absolutely shouldn’t be. It made me uncomfortable, it made me cry, and it made me think. It made me remember things I didn’t really want to remember, and it made me want to give a copy of this to every young person I encounter–heck, even the not-so-young people!–male and female.
There are authors in here I already knew, and authors who were new to me who I’m absolutely going to be looking for more from. There was even an author I’d watched in a viral video in 2018. (It made me cry then, and I cried again reading her story here.)
You Too? is a book of secrets, of confessions, and of truths. It’s not an easy read, but it’s a book that demands to be read, shared, and discussed. Bring tissues.
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the Editor:
Janet Gurtler’s young adult books have been chosen for the JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION and as BEST BOOKS FOR TEENS from the Canadian Children’s Book Center. Janet lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband, son, a chubby black Chihuahua named Bruce and a Golden Retriever named Betty White.
Website – http://www.janet-gurtler.com/
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We are giving away two copies of YOU TOO, signed by each author, entries are automatically entered with a donation to RAINN on our YOUTOO Fundraising Page. https://fundraise.rainn.org/team/273355