Can’t Wait Wednesday – WATCH US RISE by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan
“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about. It is a meme that I have loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.
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My selection for this week is WATCH US RISE by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan. The cover for this book caught my eye immediately but I was really hooked once I read the synopsis. It sounds like it’s going to be such a powerful and timely read. I love the idea of these young women risking so much to make sure their voices and the voices of other young women are heard.
WATCH US RISE by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan
Publication Date: February 12, 2019
Jasmine and Chelsea are sick of the way women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so they decide to start a Women’s Rights Club. They post everything online—poems, essays, videos of Chelsea performing her poetry, and Jasmine’s response to the racial macroaggressions she experiences—and soon they go viral. But with such positive support, the club is also targeted by online trolls. When things escalate, the principal shuts the club down. Jasmine and Chelsea will risk everything for their voices—and those of other young women—to be heard.
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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂
I’m definitely intrigued by this book, Suzanne. I love the voices I’ve been hearing from young people today (and I feel very weird typing that because I don’t know when I started using that phrase and stopped being a young person. 😂)
LOL! OMG, I hear you on the “young people”.
Hmm.. This book sounds interesting.
I would love to read your review of this one.
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I look forward to reading and reviewing it when it comes out.
I haven’t heard of this one! It definitely sounds like an important, timely read, and I’m all about it!
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Right? Same here!
This sounds like such a breath of fresh air!
Doesn’t it? I’m so excited for this one.
This sounds awesome, and I also love the cover. Yay for strong women!😊
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I agree. I’m all about strong women!
I can see how the trolls cause problems. I am glad they fight for their right to speak up. I hope this has a great ending because the story sounds fabulous!
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I’m glad they fight as well rather than just letting the trolls win outright.
I really like the sound of this one, especially since it seems to have a female friendship at its center. Great choice!
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The female friendship really appeals to me in this one too.
I am always up for a good girl power book, and I have this one on my TBR too.
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Girl power books are the best!
You always find the most powerful new releases! This sounds like something every high schooler should be reading.
I agree with you! This would be so much more relevant than most of the books they’re reading.
The title along made me perk up. This sounds like it will be a great book to read, Suzanne. And you are right–definitely very timely.
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I really hope it’s as good as it sounds!
Good find with a relevant topic.
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I haven’t heard of this one, but I just added it to my TBR! I love the idea of young women fighting for their voices. It’s sad that in this day and age, women are still treated as lesser beings. We’re still not treated equally despite all the progress we’ve made. Thanks for sharing this one!
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This sounds amazing — and relevant. Great find Suzanne!
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