Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I Am an Emotional Creature by Eve Ensler
This title was released today!
In this daring, provocative, and insightful book, bestselling author and internationally acclaimed playwright Eve Ensler writes fictional monologues and stories inspired by girls around the globe. Moving through a world of topics and emotions, these voices are fierce, alive, tender, complicated, imaginative, and smart. Girls today often find themselves in a struggle between remaining strong and true to themselves and conforming to society’s expectations in an attempt to please. They are taught not to be too intense, too passionate, too smart, too caring, too open. They are encouraged to shut down their instincts, their outrage, their desires and their dreams, to be polite, to obey the rules. I Am an Emotional Creature is a celebration of the authentic voice inside every girl and an inspiring call to action for girls everywhere to speak up, follow their dreams, and become the women they were always meant to be.
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Total Score: 39/40
Obtained: Free ARC received by publisher, Random House.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc.: Yep
Sexual Content: Lots.
Disturbing Images/ Violence: This book is filled with too many too describe here.
This book is a must read for every girl everywhere. This work of literature is powerful, life changing, and heart breaking. Eve Ensler's prose and verse are filled with a unique emotional power, a voice that will take the readers breath away.
It is harsh, yes. These stories are brutal and hard to read. The feelings of these characters are so strongly portrayed... and it is frightening to know that the words written in these pages reflect so truly what you know that real girls in this world today are feeling, that these fictions are the realities of emotional creatures living beside each and every one of us, living inside some of us.
But this book is inspirational. This work is about the strength and courage of teenage girls. This work is about the love that every girl should have for herself. It is about the pressures we face, and the constant bombardment to be something we are not. Yes! We are emotional creatures. But no. It is not a bad thing. In fact, it is an amazing, phenomenal miracle of nature, and we should be proud of it.
Eve Ensler (Random House)