Karen Rivers

nerves out loud

When something major occurs in a teen’s life, somehow things are never the same again. In NERVES OUT LOUD, seven women writers share pivotal moments from their teen years, concentrating on an event or a series of events that changed their lives and turned them in a new direction. By telling their stories passionately and fearlessly, these writers deliver a message to teens that whatever it is they are going through, they are not alone. Told in each woman’s unique voice, the stories carry with them a sense of urgency and honesty.

“Honest and straightforward, the stories get to the heart of the matter in clear and concise prose. The writing is passionate and compelling, pulling readers into the lives of these strong, yet vulnerable people. The selections deal with hard, real-life issues, but they convey hope and suggest the possibility that there are better tomorrows ... This will be a popular book with teens because of the easy-to-read style and subject matter. Personal narratives of this caliber are always a welcome addition to YA collections.” 

—School Library Journal

“A powerful look back by women who made it through.” 

—Publishers Weekly

“Told with compelling honesty and realism, each story portrays serious difficulties faced by many teens, yet most also touch on more common adolescent relationships, such as those with teachers, friends, and boys ... With their honest depiction of subjects holding high interest for teenage girls, these seven stories offer excellent doors into books for reluctant readers. Written with consistently high literary quality, all seven stories deserve attention from those seeking excellence in YA writing.” 

—Kirkus

“The selections are varied, but all are gutsy reminiscences of what it is to be young and female.” 

—Booklist

New York Public Library's Books For The Teen Age

Book of the Year Award, ForeWord Magazine

 

 

you be me

Girls in their teens form friendships that are astonishingly intense, yet these relationships are often broken and reformed, filled with confidences and betrayals, loyalty and fickleness. 

In these deeply honest essays, seven women present humorous, poignant, and revealing accounts of their own adolescent friendships. Whether it’s the power of cliques, learning that beauty may come with a price, or experiencing the thrill of finding a soulmate, this powerful profile of teen girls reveals the complex and rewarding nature of friendship.

“Honest and straightforward, the stories get to the heart of the matter in clear and concise prose. The writing is passionate and compelling, pulling readers into the lives of these strong, yet vulnerable people. The selections deal with hard, real-life issues, but they convey hope and suggest the possibility that there are better tomorrows ... This will be a popular book with teens because of the easy-to-read style and subject matter. Personal narratives of this caliber are always a welcome addition to YA collections.” 

—School Library Journal

“A powerful look back by women who made it through.” 

—Publishers Weekly

“Told with compelling honesty and realism, each story portrays serious difficulties faced by many teens, yet most also touch on more common adolescent relationships, such as those with teachers, friends, and boys ... With their honest depiction of subjects holding high interest for teenage girls, these seven stories offer excellent doors into books for reluctant readers. Written with consistently high literary quality, all seven stories deserve attention from those seeking excellence in YA writing.” 

—Kirkus

“The selections are varied, but all are gutsy reminiscences of what it is to be young and female.” 

—Booklist

New York Public Library's Books For The Teen Age

Book of the Year Award finalist, ForeWord Magazine

"Our Choice" List, Canadian Children's Book Centre