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Unslut : A Diary and a Memoir
by Emily Lindin


Overview - When Emily Lindin was eleven years old, she was branded a "slut" by the rest of her classmates. For the next few years of her life, she was bullied incessantly at school, after school, and online. At the time, Emily didn't feel comfortable confiding in her parents or in the other adults her my life.  Read more...

 
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Overview
When Emily Lindin was eleven years old, she was branded a "slut" by the rest of her classmates. For the next few years of her life, she was bullied incessantly at school, after school, and online. At the time, Emily didn't feel comfortable confiding in her parents or in the other adults her my life. But she did keep a diary. Slut/UnSlut is adapted from Emily's much-acclaimed blog "The UnSlut Project" presenting unaltered excerpts from that diary alongside split-page commentary to provide context and perspective.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781942186007
  • ISBN-10: 1942186002
  • Publisher: Zest Books
  • Publish Date: December 2015
  • Page Count: 272
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


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Books > > Biography & Autobiography - Women
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Books > > Girls & Women

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-09-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

From sixth through eighth grade, Emily Linden was shamed and bullied, in person and online, for being a slut. Upset about girls who committed suicide after being bullied for sexual behavior (real or rumored), Linden revisited the diaries she kept, put excerpts online, and founded the UnSlut Project, where bullying victims can post their stories and find support. This book is Lindens diary, transcribed word for word and filled with detailed accounts of romances, rumors, bullying, poetry, and episodes of cutting and suicidal thoughts, alongside Lindens present-day comments. Boys and girls come and go in the entries, and without any scenes or shaping, its hard to keep them straight. Lindens annotations oscillate between snark regarding her younger self and sincere reminders about cultural conditioning and gendered assumptions (One thing about my middle school self that really embarrasses me is my passive, unquestioned homophobia). Its alternately eye-opening and depressing to see how young all involved are, how little they actually know about sex, and how unhelpful parents, teachers, and friends are, but the lack of characterization throughout makes it hard to feel a deeper empathy. Ages 14up. (Dec.)

 
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