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All the Wrong People Have Self-Esteem: An Inappropriate Book for Young Ladies Or, Frankly Anybody Elseby Laurie Rosenwald
One of us on the kids' team describes this book as the anti-Seventeen magazine, and she's right: it's formatted as a magazine, but brutally challenges prevailing wisdom that teens are so often force-fed like, "you have to love yourself before anyone can love you." ("Like" is good enough, says Rosenwald.) It's Seventeen for sarcastic, trendsetting, backlash-loving kids, mixed with tell-all confessions. (She wears makeup religiously! Gasp!) All with one simple, hidden message: Be your f***ing self.
Synopses & Reviews
These days, a lot of people are trying to tell teens whats best for them. Heres a look at life from artist and professional nonconformist Laurie Rosenwald, who insists that she doesnt want to tell anyone what to do. But when you are as irreverent as she is (Is the earth really worth saving?) and as funny (Your breasts: What do they mean?) people sort of DO want to know what you think. Then again, if you think like Rosenwald, it could get you kicked out of yoga class.
In the tradition of nothing youve ever seen or read, All the Wrong People Have Self Esteem is for young women* who ask good questions about life and then like to laugh at the answers. Got a better approach?
*or frankly, anybody else.
"If the title isn't enough to persuade teens and preteens that they must read this book, one quick flip of the pages will seal the deal. A graphic designer, Rosenwald (And to Name but Just a Few: Red Yellow Green Blue) tackles political correctness, the follies of prevailing wisdom and her favorite peeves using all the tools in her arsenal: her spread-size collages feature fonts on steroids, magazine cut-outs, photos and cartoons paired with witty diatribes and confessions. In between telling the truth about mother-daughter friction and doling out advice ('When they say that you have to love* yourself before someone else can love you, it's just not true. *Like is good enough'), Rosenwald cops to liking makeup, proposes a collection agency staffed by 'hysterical, PMS-ing girls' and shares all-purpose responses, beginning with 'Well, it's nothing that 25 years of intensive psychoanalysis couldn't cure!' (it ends with 'Just come out and say, F--- You!'). Funny, fresh and impossible not to read cover to cover. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
LAURIE ROSENWALD is an award winning designer who launched her site and studio, rosenworld.com in 1995. She teaches a workshop called “How to Make Mistakes on Purpose,” and has been a professor of graphic design at the School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design. Her New York Notebook is on sale at the George Pompidou Center in Paris, and everyplace else thats cool. Her first picture book, And To Name But Just a Few: Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, was named a Scholastic Parent & Child Best Book of 2007. She is also a painter, speaks Swedish like a native New Yorker, and appeared as “Woman” on “The Sopranos.”
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