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The 'Girls Write Now' Anthology Shows The Importance Of Young Female Voices

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Girls Write Now: 
Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices
By Girls Write Now
(Tin House Books)

Girls Write Now, a book of personal essays written by high school girls, is both a feat of literary awesomeness and a slice of inspirational magic. Framed by defining quotes from today’s most influential feminists, including Roxane Gay and Gloria Steinem, these stories bring the reader through moments that have shaped their authors’ lives, from immigrant journeys across the sea to trips to the neighborhood laundromat. Every page feels like a peek inside the high school diary of a future Pulitzer-Prize-winning author living at a climactic moment in time and defining for herself who she wants to be.

The collection is the product of the Girls Write Now afterschool program, a non-profit that helps underprivileged girls in New York City become the authors of tomorrow. And in the 20 years they’ve been connecting mentors with students, 100 percent of their alumna have gone on to attend college. These essays amplify the fact that young girls everywhere deserve to be heard. Soak them in and marvel at their unique brilliance. (5/5)

By Sarah Boyle
Girls Write Now is out October 16, 2018
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018  print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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