You Too?

You Too?

Harlequin Teen

I am PROUD to be one of 25 voices included in this important anthology, which drops in January, 2020.

Sexual assualt and excuses for it are taught while we're still young children. I should know.

That's what MY personal contribution to this anthology is about.

Like most women, I have more than one #metoo story. I chose to share my earliest story, the one that taught me the lesson that's repeated over and over and over again -- that I am somehow not AS important as the person who committed the crime and that, as crimes go, it's "not that big of a deal." We heard words almost exactly to that effect from Brock Turner's father ("twenty minutes of action"). And we'll continue to hear excuses like these unless we all find ways to raise a different crop of children, kids who understand consent and respect others. 

In many of my young adult novels, I strive to change this culture of excusing and normalizing sexual assault, abuse, and rape. That's why I am part of this one. 

Please buy the book. Talk about it.

You Too? 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.