This Is 18
Featuring and photographed by young women, This Is 18 is an immersive look at what it means to be on the cusp of adulthood around the world and across cultures. Twenty-two empowering and uniquely personal profiles, expanded from the New York Times interactive feature and curated by Gender Editor Jessica Bennett, with Sandra Stevenson, Anya Strzemien, and Sharon Attia, give teen readers a rare glimpse at the realities and interests of their contemporaries. With stunning photography and a gifty design, This Is 18 is a perfect tribute to girlhood for readers of all ages.
Added plus, all the photos were taken by young women. Throughout this book are quotes, lists, and compilations of things that these girls enjoy such as different foods, hanging with friends, and even popular word choices.
The personal interviews are very insightful. Readers meet Thalia from Cuba who shares that she feels no different being 18. Madison from Mississippi who is a single mother and dreams of being able to finish school and get out of her town. Faiza from Ramallah, West Bank who survived three wars and wants to defend basic human rights and help those in need. Obdulia from Zacatecas, Mexico who is proud of her indigenous Wixarika heritage. Millie from Australia who worries about the fact that one woman a week is murdered by her current or past partner and that all her friends are so afraid to walk home alone. **When I was eighteen I shared this same fear.
There is a #ThisIs18 hashtag on Instagram where others, including myself, share advice on what they'd give their eighteen-year-old shelves.
Unique window into what it means to be a 18 told by numerous girls throughout the world. Sure to resonate with it's message of empowerment told by girls in their own words.