Red: Teenage Girls in America Write On What Fires Up Their LivesToday

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Amy Goldwasser
Penguin, Nov 8, 2007 - Literary Collections - 288 pages
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A vivid portrait of what it means to be a teenage girl in America today, from 58 of the country's finest, most credentialed writers on the subject

If you're a teenage girl today, you live your life in words-in text and instant messages, on blogs and social network pages. It's how you conduct your friendships and present yourself to the world. Every day, you're creating a formidable body of personal written work.

This generation's unprecedented comfort level with the written word has led to a fearless new American literature. These collected essays, at last, offer a key to understanding the inscrutable teenage girl-one of the most mislabeled and underestimated members of society, argues editor and writer Amy Goldwasser, whose work has appeared in Seventeen, Vogue, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. And while psychologists and other experts have tried to explain the teen girl in recent years, no book since Ophelia Speaks has given her the opportunity to speak for herself-until now.

In this eye-opening collection, nearly sixty teenage girls from across the country speak out, writing about everything from post-Katrina New Orleans to Johnny Depp; from learning to rock climb to starting a rock band; from the loneliness of losing a best friend to the loathing or pride they feel about their bodies. Ranging in age from 13 to 19, and hailing from Park Avenue to rural Nevada, Georgia to Hawaii, the girls in RED-whose essays were selected from more than 800 contributions-represent a diverse spectrum of socioeconomic, political, racial, and religious backgrounds, creating a rich portrait of life as a teen girl in America today.

Revealing the complicated inner lives, humor, hopes, struggles, thrills, and obsessions of this generation, RED ultimately provides today's teen girl with much-needed community, perspective, and validation-and helps the rest of us to better understand her.
 

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Contents

Amy Goldwasser 36
The Body and Various Thoughts on Beauty
Amy Hunt 16
Alison Smith 16
Jane Horowitz 16
Tiffani Hortman 16
Emily Kaplan 17
Caro Fink 17
Crushes Sweet and Excruciating Sex and a Love That Ends in Desert Rehab
Jocelyn Pearce 15
Jasmine Sennhauser 15
Eliza Appleton 16
Hayley Hoover 16
Jessica Goodman 17
Samantha Lewin 17
The Beach the Horse the Bee the Lousy First Job the Steller Future Career etc

Charlotte Steinway 18
Meike Schleiff 19
People You Have to Live with and Other Family
Alicia Davis 13
Claudia Berger 14
Hannah Morris 15
Sarah Morris 15
Emma Considine 16
Jordyn Turney 17
Kathryn Pavia 17
Zulay Regalado 18
Annie Littlewood 18
Maxine Keyes 18
What Can Be Learned at School
Emily Knox 13
Laura Lowe 15
Elizabeth Case 16
Sara Harari 16
Carey Dunne 17
Lisa Chau 18
Deborah Kim 19
Gone Well Gone Poorly Just Gone
Sarah McIntosh 16
Sarah Harrison 17
Rebecca Murray 18
Elizabeth Metzger 18
Kirsten Oldroyd 13
Kelly Otterness 14
Erika Kwee 16
Lucy Bennett 17
Jaclyn Humphrey 17
Anna Saxon 17
Samantha Gillogly 18
Lindsay Erin Sellers 19
Media Pop Culture Johnny Depp Freakdom and Fandom
Sarah Schelde 14
Kali Moriarty 15
Grace Habegger 16
Olive Panter 16
Saskia Boggs 17
Dani Cox 13
Cammi Henao 13
Aarian Marshall 16
Zoe Mendelson 16
Danielle Norman 16
Cindy Morand 17
Kathleen Hicks 18
MayaCatherine Popa 18
EmilyNicole Johns 19
Carla PerezGallardo 19
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Amy Goldwasser has edited and written for publications including Seventeen, The New Yorker, Vogue, The New York Times, Salon, New York Magazine, and Outside. She teaches editing in the Columbia Publishing Course and writing at the Lower Eastside Girls Club.

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