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You Too? by Janet Gurtler - Book Tour & Review

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This is my stop during the blog tour for You Too? by Janet Gurtler. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 6 till 24 January. See the tour schedule here.

You Too
You Too?

Edited by Janet Gurtler

Genre: Non-fiction

Age category: Young Adult, New Adult

Release Date: January 7, 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.
You can find You Too? on Goodreads

You can buy You Too? here:

- Kobo

- Indigo

My Review
**This book does contain triggering themes involving rape/incest/sexual harassment/abuse**
You Too? is a collection of essays by various authors who are speaking up and speaking out about the sexual harassment and abuse they suffered. From childhood to the teenage years, and even into adulthood, these women (and men) don't hold back in retelling some of the most awful, nightmarish experiences they had to endure. These recollections will definitely elicit some serious emotions. There were times I was seething with rage. Other times I wanted to cry. A couple of times I felt physically ill. And one or two of the essays even triggered some of my own painful memories.
Regardless of sex/gender/race/ethnicity/age/etc, no one should have to go through sexual harassment or abuse. The authors who shared their stories in this book are some of the bravest people, and I commend them for finding the courage to speak out.
The #MeToo movement is so important in today's society, and after reading this book, I've come to realize it's never too late to come forward and let your own voice be heard.
You Too? is a powerful read, and I hope everyone (men and women; teens and adults) will take the time to read it and perhaps feel empowered to either share their own stories or help others who might still be too afraid to do so.
5 stars!

About the Author:

Janet Gurtler is a Rita finalist whose young adult books have been chosen for the JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION and as BEST BOOKS FOR TEENS from the Canadian Children’s Book Center. Janet lives in Calgary Alberta, Canada with her husband, son, a chubby black Chihuahua named Bruce and a Golden Retriever named Betty White.

You can find and contact Janet Gurtler here:

- Amazon

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