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March 17, 2005

Ophelia Speaks by Shandler, Sara

Filed under: Non-Fiction | Buy on Amazon

Written as a response to Reviving Ophelia, this book features the work of adolescent girls from every region and socio-economic background writing about their lives.

It runs the gamut of problems teenage girls face, including eating disorders, rape, drug and alcohol abuse, death, friends, parents, sex, and more. In a word, it's heartwrenching. These are the afterschool special stories, but told directly from the mouth of teens, and after a few chapters you get the idea that thoughts of suicide, a poor self image, and an eating disorder are rights of passage for girls. A sad thought, and a book worth reading for anyone who cares about teens.

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