Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self (Paperback)

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“Shandler has done an admirable job of revealing the seriousness of teenage problems.” — Publishers Weekly

At age sixteen, Sara Shandler read Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia, the national bestseller that candidly explored the unique issues that challenge girls in their struggle toward womanhood. Moved by Pipher's insight yet driven to hear the unfiltered voices of today's adolescent girls, Shandler yearned to speak for herself, and to provide a forum for other girls to do so as well.

A poignant collection of original pieces selected from more than eight hundred contributions, Ophelia Speaks culls writings from the hearts of girls nationwide, of various races, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Ranging in age from twelve to eighteen, the voices here offer a provocative and piercingly real view on issues public and private, from body image to boys, politics to parents, school to sex. Framing each chapter are Shandler's own personal reflections, offering both the comfort of a trusted friend and an honest perspective from within the whirlwind of adolescence.

In these pages, you will see your best friend, your daughter, your sister, and yourself. At once filled with heartbreak and hope, in these pages Ophelia speaks.

About the Author


Sara Shandler is currently a student at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. A former president of the Connecticut Valley Region of B'nai B'rith Youth Organization, she has led, represented, and influenced large numbers of adolescent girls. She is a native of Amherst, Massachusetts.

Praise For…


“Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.”
Library Journal

“Shandler has done an admirable job of revealing the seriousness of teenage problems.”
Publishers Weekly


Product Details
ISBN: 9780060952976
ISBN-10: 0060952970
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: May 5th, 1999
Pages: 304
Language: English