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Review: How I Resist edited by Maureen Johnson

How I Resist was the activist primer I needed growing up. At the same time, it is the activist companion I need now.


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


book review how i resist edited by maureen johnson(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Lately I have been feeling so drained. So tired of fighting. So tired of explaining and late night poster making. I know more than ever, that it’s what we need to do. It’s what the country needs. But in some ways I’ve felt like my life has been little acts of resistance, of breathing, of speaking. How I Resist was not only a book I wish I read as a younger adult – as someone who wanted to be an activist, but is also something that has resonated with me now.

How I Resist gave me the chance to discover new favorites and re-vist tried and true writers. It is full of songs, essays, interviews, and poems. And it is also full of little ways to resist, hope, and a feeling that you are not alone. It’s written almost like an ode, a fight song, a guidebook, and a companion. Additionally, at the end of the book is a list of recommended reading. Be sure to check out How I Resist on Goodreads.


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