Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self

by Sara Shandler

Paperback, 1999



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Harper Perennial (1999), Edition: 1, Paperback, 304 pages


At age sixteen, Sara Shandler read Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia, the national bestseller that candidly explored the unique issues that challenge girls in their struggle toward womanhood. Moved by Pipher's insight yet driven to hear the unfiltered voices of today's adolescent girls, Shandler yearned to speak for herself, and to provide a forum for other Ophelias to do so as well. A poignant collection of original pieces selected from more than eighthundred contributions, Ophelia Speaks culls writings from the hearts of girls nationwide, of various races, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Ranging in age from twelve to eighteen, the voices here offer a provocative and piercingly real view on issues public and private, from body image to boys, politics to parents, school to sex. Framing each chapter are Shandler's own personal reflections, offering both the comfort of a trusted friend and an honest perspective from within the whirlwind of adolescence. In these pages, you will see your best friend, your daughter, your sister--and yourself. At once filled with heartbreak and hope, in these pages Ophelia speaks.… (more)

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304 p.; 8.01 inches

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LibraryThing member KRaySaulis
I read this book as a young lesbian just coming out of the closet and it helped change my view on being gay. It helped me to have the courage to come out, and to become the proud person I am today.
LibraryThing member heart77
Well, I read this book before reading Reviving Ophelia. It's my understanding that the book was written as a rebuttal of sorts. Instead of analyzing the struggles of young women, the idea was to have them write it out themselves. It was a good read when I was a kid and I would recommend it to any
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LibraryThing member librarymeanslove
some of what's in here is what you'd expect to hear from teenagers. Some is a lot deeper and more profound than you'd expect. You have to search to find the good through all the mediocre.




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