ARC Review How I Resist edited by Tim Federle and Maureen Johnson

The Details

Publisher: Wednesdays Books
Published: May 2018
Genres: Non-fiction, YA, Activism, Essay, Political
My Rating: 5


GoodReads Blurb

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 and that anyone can be the change. A collection of essays, songs, illustrations, and interviews about activism and hope, How I Resist features an all-star group of contributors, including, John Paul Brammer, Libba Bray, Lauren Duca, Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband Justin Mikita, Alex Gino, Hebh Jamal, Malinda Lo, Dylan Marron, Hamilton star Javier Muñoz, Rosie O’Donnell, Junauda Petrus, Jodi Picoult, Jason Reynolds, Karuna Riazi, Maya Rupert, Dana Schwartz, Dan Sinker, Ali Stroker, Jonny Sun (aka @jonnysun), Sabaa Tahir, Daniel Watts, Jennifer Weiner, Jacqueline Woodson, and more, all edited and compiled by New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson.

In How I Resist, readers will find hope and support through voices that are at turns personal, funny, irreverent, and instructive. Not just for a young adult audience, this incredibly impactful collection will appeal to readers of all ages who are feeling adrift and looking for guidance. 

How I Resist is the kind of book people will be discussing for years to come and a staple on bookshelves for generations.

My Review

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:

  1.  “Learn everything {you} can.
  2. Find Like-Minded Folks
  3. Use {Your} voice
  4. Twitter {your} ass off
  5. 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.

Until next time Internet


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