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It's Complicated: The American Teenager #2020

It s Complicated The American Teenager Robin Bowman s five year journey into the heart of teenage America created a series of collaborative portraits wherein she shares her discoveries of a generation now coming of age In searing and

  • Title: It's Complicated: The American Teenager
  • Author: Robin Bowman Robert Coles
  • ISBN: 9781884167690
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It's Complicated: The American Teenager By Robin Bowman Robert Coles, Robin Bowman s five year journey into the heart of teenage America created a series of 414 collaborative portraits, wherein she shares her discoveries of a generation now coming of age In searing and intimate photographs, presented alongside the young people s voices of passion, pride, embarrassment, lust, pain, bewilderment, anxiety, joy, uncertainty, and rage, the booRobin Bowman s five year journey into the heart of teenage America created a series of 414 collaborative portraits, wherein she shares her discoveries of a generation now coming of age In searing and intimate photographs, presented alongside the young people s voices of passion, pride, embarrassment, lust, pain, bewilderment, anxiety, joy, uncertainty, and rage, the book charts the coming of age of the largest generation in America 77 million strong in every region of the country and every socioeconomic group from a Texas debutante to teenage gang members in New York City, from a drag queen in Georgia to a coal miner in West Virginia.Bowman s intimate photographs ask us to reconcile preconceived ideas and stereotypes of teenagers with the diversity of individuals in the portraits This book and the traveling exhibition it accompanies are about the inside lives of these kids and how they see their reality in their own voices.Robin Bowman, a 2005 W Eugene Smith Memorial fellow, is a photojournalist based in Portland, Maine.Dr Robert Coles is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of the Children of Crisis series and a Harvard emeritus professor of psychiatry.

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    1. It s complicated Very fitting words for this book It really is complicated and interesting When I say interesting I mean it I promise I m not using it as a placeholder Some of the teenagers were shallow, some were deep Some I liked, some I hated Some still believed in the American dreams, some thought it was dead Some were cynical, some were hopeful Some were rich, some were poor Some were mature, some were immature Some gave teens a bad rep, some helped teens look intelligent In conclusion the [...]

    2. What a unique and troubling and magical nonfiction book As the foreword mentions, Bowman was intrigued by teenagers conversations at a cabin weekend retreat that she delved into a picture and interview quest that resulted in 419 pictures and interview of teenagers across the United States From homeless to Christian, teen moms to debutantes, this book is generally depressing than uplifting She asks them the same 26 questions and then chose a verbatim excerpt of the interview to publish While not [...]

    3. 4Q 3P JSThis book is a compilation of photographs and interviews with teens from all across America In 2002, photographer Robin Bowman grabbed her camera, hopped in her car, and went on a road trip across the United States She stopped along the way to photograph and interview over 400 teens She asked them lots of questions about their interests and opinions, what their lives were like, and what they hoped their lives would become The book includes a wide variety of teens, some of whom have very [...]

    4. I have always loved learning about diverse people, and this book only encouraged it This book also introduced me to types of people I had never even known of before which made it very enjoyable As a teenager, it was easy to read this book because I feel a connection with these kids even though no one specific person is asking me the 26 questions, I still have to answer them Life asks you and makes you answer these questions I would love to return to this book in about 30 years or so to see how I [...]

    5. Robin Bowman photographed and interviewed hundreds of teenagers across America She took pictures of them in their natural habitats and asked them all a series of 26 questions about their lives and thoughts, then paired the photos with excerpts from these interviews Some of the questions she asked them were What is one of the biggest things that has ever happened to you and how did it change your life What makes you the happiest What is your biggest fear What is the toughest thing about being a t [...]

    6. This title has been coming up a lot lately on Best lists, in reviews, etc What a great surprise It has the feel of books like PostSecret Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives, My Secret A PostSecret Book, and I Can t Keep My Own Secrets Six Word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure It is an edgy, raw, honest, compelling look into the lives of contemporary teens It s Complicated includes beautiful, artistic photography and word for word responses to the 26 interview questions Bowman asked [...]

    7. This book was one of my favorite books of ALL TIME i loved reading about all of the different teenagers around the nation They were all so completely different and had such great thoughts Some kids were rich and spoiled while others were poor, pregnant, and unfortunate it was amazing to hear about all of thier lives it really does show that the teenage life is complicated i liked the opinions on sex, drugs, politics, and religion they were topics that i wanted to hear opinions about Ii felt like [...]

    8. This book was amazing I actually got a chance to meet with the author a few weeks ago and her story is amazing the relationships that she made with these teenagers is fascinating and she keeps in touch with many of them Basically the book is a series of photographs of teenagers in America After she photographed them, she interviewed them and was shocked at how much the teenagers opened up to her I started reading this book and found it very hard to put down The stories of each of these teens is [...]

    9. This was an interesting read for me Over 400 teens were interviewed, and all asked the same questions The 26 questions are great starting points for getting to know someone However, our library has cataloged this as an adult nonfiction There are a lot of things in here that some teens deal with that are a bit hard edged But, it is something that is in the world of teens even though somepeople might wish to protect teens from the darker bits and pieces Some good, some gritty, some I wish didn t h [...]

    10. I was very impressed with this collection of photos, the photos really capture the emotion condition of teenagers in america In addition to the excellent photography, Bowman includes interviews with each photo which further illustrates the lives of these teenagers The premise of this book is really simple black and white photos of teenagers, and a brief interview in their own words but the effect is powerful.

    11. Robin Bowman expertly composes images of teenagers across the country on their own terms Coupled with the excellent photography are essays in which each young person shares a bit about themselves Whether it be a street kid from Cleveland or a debutante from New Orleans each one is remarkable Many teenagers will agree, It s Complicated, as they explore the struggles and triumphs of their peers and adults will appreciate the richness, nuance and diversity captured in each image.

    12. The pictures in this book are great Its good to see all the different kinda of teens in amaerica It really shows how different every person can be Each teen was asking some questions and the best were writen next to there beautiful pictures All taken on a polorade camara makes the pictures even special Quick read but if you just want sit and look at this table top books pictures They are all diffrent and beautiful.

    13. I am making the case for this book to be included in the picture book category as it is a photo journey into the lives of American teenagers across the country I think this book could be very useful in the high school classroom to help connect teenagers to other teenagers in different parts of the country Each photo has a small paragraph telling about the teenager in the photo It is a beautiful book

    14. What an amazing project I m so curious how Bowman meet all the kids who she photographed and interviewed Fascinating portraits both narrative and photo of teens from all over the country I m eager to compare contrast with the recent documentaries about teens, and another similar book Of course, the only conclusion is that there is ridiculous diversity in every generation, but still totally worth a read Addictive had a hard time putting it down

    15. this was a fascinating portrait of american teenagers attention is given to just about every region of the continental u.s and includes just about every lifestyle imaginable the photos are compelling, sometimes haunting and often surprising the essays are brief, but give a little glimpse of each teen s life and philosophy it is, by turns, scary, smart, hopeful and thoughtful.

    16. A gripping look into American teenagers lives It points out the disparities between those who grew up with privilege and those who did not It puts names and faces to stories, some just so tragic and others so cliched and others so hopeful I d like to own this for my classroom I think students would really like to see and read it.

    17. A collection of black and white photographs and interviews of teens across America I loved the photos, but the interviews were a mixed bag They were honest and raw and some were inspiring But others were ignorant and sad It s frightening that these are the people who will be caring for me when I m in a nursing home We need to do for our kids now, or be very sorry later.

    18. 4Q 4P STeens will love this book because the portraits are compelling, the teens interviews are interesting and insightful, and they will enjoy trying to find teens whose experiences are like their own This could also be a great tool for an English classroom to start lessons on personal narratives.

    19. 2009 Top Ten for Young Adults ALA yalsa Very interesting and diverse collection of portraits and viewpoints of teenagers Their naivete, honesty and wisdom all shine through in the culturally, economically and religiously diverse group of kids I d have it in my classroom if not for the photo of the nudist.

    20. This big book of photographs had some great pictures but I had hoped for in the interviews It is worthwhile and shocking at times but I really was left wanting to know about the teens I wanted to know about the teens story.

    21. Read this book in 10th grade It really brought out the fact that I am way different from the Average Teenager In my opinion, our 21st century teenagers are not mature enough or not maturing fast enough in my opinion.

    22. An amazing photographic composite of Real American Teens across the country I think most teens will find themselves or someone they know in the pages of this book Also, lends fascinating insight into how the other half liveswhatever your other half may be

    23. This was a fascinating look into a cross section of American teenagers Bowman doesn t shy away from the blunt honesty the teens give in their interviews and she s managed to bring in almost any culture or ethnicity that would exist in the United States.

    24. This book is such an unique idea I loved reading all of the different teenagers thoughts on the world Some of them were really inspiring and otherst so much, lol.

    25. is it bad that i wanted to read this bc the guy on the cover is cuteokay well i read itand it was really really cool and inspiring so yeah

    26. I feel like I m not around enough teenagers in my life It was good to see such a diverse cross section of teens and hear their stories Well written and amazing photos.

    27. Not finished yet but so far i love this book I love photo essays so this was a good fit for me I love the different backgrounds and perspectives of the kids.

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