Guest Post from Janet Gurtler, the Editor of You Too? 25 Voices Share Their #MeToo Stories
I think my biggest concern with this book is that caregivers or educators will be afraid to give a book like this to teens to read, because it is a hard read at times. I’m worried caregivers will think it’s too mature in content. But as a mom, I know the kids can take it. It’s okay to talk about the hard stuff. And teens have heard and seen so much more than we as parents or caregivers even know. I want kids to have tools. And learn to empathize. Or find a place where they feel safe. I hope the book does that. I do think and hope there is also a lot of adults who need this book. It cathartic to read the stories of things that happened to other people and be outraged and learn that maybe, you too, weren’t to blame.
About the Book:
by Various Authors
Edited by Janet Gurtler
Release Date: January 7th 2020
A timely and heartfelt collection of essays inspired by the #MeToo movement, edited by acclaimed young adult and middle-grade author Janet Gurtler. Featuring Beth Revis, Mackenzi Lee, Ellen Hopkins, Saundra Mitchell, Jennifer Brown, Cheryl Rainfield and many more.
When #MeToo went viral, Janet Gurtler was among the millions of people who began to reflect on her past experiences. Things she had reluctantly accepted—male classmates groping her at recess, harassment at work—came back to her in startling clarity. She needed teens to know what she had not: that no young person should be subject to sexual assault, or made to feel unsafe, less than or degraded.
You Too? was born out of that need. By turns thoughtful and explosive, these personal stories encompass a wide range of experiences and will resonate with every reader who has wondered, “Why is this happening to me?” or secretly felt that their own mistreatment or abuse is somehow their fault—it’s not. Candid and empowering, You Too? is written for teens, but also an essential resource for the adults in their lives—an urgent, compassionate call to listen and create change.