Finished Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“Jasmine and Chelsea are sick of the way women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so they decide to start a Women’s Rights Club. They post everything online—poems, essays, videos of Chelsea performing her poetry, and Jasmine’s response to the racial macroaggressions she experiences—and soon they go viral. But with such positive support, the club is also targeted by online trolls. When things escalate, the principal shuts the club down. Jasmine and Chelsea will risk everything for their voices—and those of other young women—to be heard.”
I apologize in advance because I will not be able to discuss this book like a rational human being.
I love this book. It is the book I needed when I was in high school; it is the book I need now.
Chelsea and Jasmine are amazing. They’re smart and focused and fierce and funny and they are going to change the world, whether the people in their lives help or not. (I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that many people don’t but a not-small amount do.)
It’s unapologetically feminist and its feminism is intersectional. It focuses on people of color and also deals with issues that are typically ignored. I think everyone who reads this is going to learn something.
But this doesn’t feel like homework. It’s a fun read and it’s a book everyone I know will receive as presents this year. I love this book; I love its authors and it is the book we all need.