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I Am Me: Teen Artists and Writers Speak Out on Being Yourself


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When you feel like you are the only one, remember that you aren’t; find yourself in the art.

I started crying after the first poem I read. One of my soapbox topics of discussion is underestimating and looking down upon the youth of the world. Teenagers are amazing, and they have so much to offer to all of us. Their thoughts, feelings, discoveries, and art is just as valuable as what comes from adults. The teens featured in this book are bold, brave, and vulnerable in sharing their words and creativity with the world because it connects. We are all looking to relate to each other, but in our culture of comparisons and expectations, we miss out on embracing one another and ourselves. We need each other so much that we have no excuse to be anyone other than our true selves. I Am Me is a beautiful testament of individuality and standing up and being yourself no matter what the world or others make you feel. If you struggle with embracing your individualism and staying true to who you are, this collection of poems, essays, and art will inspire and encourage you to keep going on that journey. You are worth knowing, just as you are, and no one has the authority to tell you differently. I highly recommend this book and cannot wait to gift this to the young and young at heart in my life. This collection touched my heart, and I guarantee that it will impact you as well.

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I'm Hannah Cox and I'm and avid reader. I love to discover new books and share them with my audience. I believe the written word is one of the most powerful ways we can impact each other. My blog is geared towards millennial women. Outside of reading & writing, I love to paint & spend time family.


"I Am Me: Teen Artists and Writers Speak Out on Being Yourself" is a powerful book that helps young people believe that you don’t have to achieve “perfection” to be “perfect.” The 104 pages in this book pairs award winning art and writing by teens to empower youth to shake off negative influences to realize it is okay to be themselves. Each piece of art is skillfully matched with writing to reflect the attitude of a generation of teens who want to fit in, but feel inadequate due to societal pressures

About the author

Tom Worthen’s previous release, “Broken Hearts Healing: Young Poets Speak Out on Divorce” was a BookSense Top Pick and A Voices for Youth Advocacy Honor Book. Dr. Worthen is a faculty member at Utah State University in Logan Utah. view profile

Published on September 02, 2019

Published by Creative Communication

2000 words

Genre: Young Adult

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