ARC Review: Girl Rising by Tanya Lee Stone

Hello, Bookish Buddies, and welcome to my review of Girl Rising by Tanya Lee Stone.  First off, I would like to say a big thank you to Random House Children’s for giving me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.  For those of you who haven’t heard of Girl Rising, here is the synopsis:

A full-color book inspired by the documentary film Girl Rising about educating girls across the globe.

Worldwide, over 62 million girls are not in school.
But one girl with courage is a revolution.

Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education, created a film that chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world, allowing viewers the opportunity to witness how education can break the cycle of poverty.

Now, award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone uses new research to illuminate the dramatic facts behind the film, focusing both on the girls captured on camera and many others. She examines barriers to education in depth—early child marriage and childbearing, slavery, sexual trafficking, gender discrimination, and poverty—and shows how removing these barriers means not only a better life for girls, but safer, healthier, and more prosperous communities.

I first saw about a third of the documentary Girl Rising is based off of (also titled Girl Rising) at school, and since then, I had wanted to see the rest of it. When I saw that there was a Girl Rising book being released, I wanted to pick it up immediately. Girl Rising has such a diverse collection of stories that I think everyone should hear.

Told through a series of personal stories from girls seeking education all around the world and stunning images, Girl Rising is a captivating and moving read.  As a high school student in America, Girl Rising made me recognize how easily I overlook all of the resources and opportunities I have within my school. I am truly inspired by the stories of these girls all around the world who have fought constantly for their education.

Each story told in Girl Rising is completely unique, bringing light to subjects like child marriage, underground slavery, poverty, gender discrimination, and many others. There was never a moment in Girl Rising where I was not completely absorbed and awed by the stories of these young girls.

Overall, I think Girl Rising should be on everybody’s radar when it comes out on Tuesday (February 14th).  I gave Girl Rising a 5/5 stars.

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