The Compulsive Reader: I Am an Emotional Creature by Eve Ensler

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I Am an Emotional Creature by Eve Ensler

I Am an Emotional Creature is, quite simply, a book of diverse monologues, told by young girls all around the world. Whether these girls’ stories are familiar or foreign to you, they all are confronting the complex issue of defining oneself in a world full of contradictions, where girls are told they must be polite and pretty and perfect to fit in, yet are encouraged to be strong and independent and to dream big at the same time. Every girl's story is unique and equally jarring, from the simple confrontation of peer pressure in the average high school to tales of girls sold for sex miles and oceans away. This book is filled with girl stories: those forced to undergo unwanted plastic surgery, working in far-away factories making Barbies, pregnant girls, anorexic girls, and girls just talking. Each story is surprising and alive.

I Am an Emotional Creature is a hybrid in the style in which it is told. Though most of the monologues are straightforward prose, poems and scripts are sprinkled throughout these fictional stories, made even more realistic by the many "Girl Facts" interspersed throughout the book. Ensler captures the essence of being a girl and being human without being trite or even touching on clichés, and the result is a bold, incisive, emotional, and achingly real testament to teen girls and their power and verve. This book will not only make you think, but also quite possibly change the way you think about teen girls today.

Cover Comments: I love the bold, colorful handwriting of this cover. It really works, considering the subject matter, and it just stands out. It's wonderful.

Review copy received from publisher.


pinketuerklinke said...

Sounds very interesting. Thanks for this hint!

Morgan said...

This book sounds inspirational and something I would like to read. I also love the cover because it stands out.

Kelsey said...

I've never heard about this book until now but it sounds really good!

Has it been released yet?

Anonymous said...

I REALLY want to read this now! I had never heard of it before! Now I know what to use my leftover Borders gift card money on!

Meg said...

I haven't heard about this one, either, and I'm surprised! Like lots of ladies, I know Ensler from the Vagina Monologue days -- definitely intrigued by this one. Thanks for the review!