Review: How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the Next Generation by Maureen Johnson

How I Resist

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.

Rating: 5 stars

More Information: Gooodreads, Amazon, Editor Website

3 thoughts on “Review: How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the Next Generation by Maureen Johnson

  1. Oh man oh man oh man! THIS is my kind of anthology! Personally, I adore anthologies. Short stories and essays in particular. I’m glad such a book like this exists. I’ll definitely have to check it out and consider getting it for my younger cousins. How did you find this book?


    1. I LOVED it. I thought it was even useful for me & I loved reading all of the interviews and essays. It also helped me add some other things to my TBR, which is always nice. I’m sure it’s also very pretty when it’s not on an ebook–I really want to see the illustrations in color!

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      1. That’s a good pro tip– I’ll look for this in a physical copy when I can pick it up. Thanks for the suggestion!

        I love anthologies also for that reason: There are always SO MANY new authors and books I am suddenly drawn to. Reading anthologies is a good way for me to get out of a book slump.

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