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American Girls Paperback – 15 February 2017

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: VINTAGE USA - MASS MARKET; Reprint edition (15 February 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780804173186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804173186
  • ASIN: 0804173184
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 322 g
  • Customer Reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars120 customer ratings
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"American Girls is probably one of the most urgent conversation starters I've read in some time." --Psychology Today

"Sales digs into every aspect of girls' online lives, revealing myriad disturbing details...If you have a teenage daughter, read American Girls. Have her read it, too." --Newsday

"Adult readers will be shocked... [they] might be on Facebook and Twitter, but they probably haven't even heard of most of the apps that teens use, let alone how they use them...What Sales makes clear is just how prevalent social media is in the life of an American teenager." --The New York Post

"Based on interviews with hundreds of teens from 13 to 19, this exploration of the hypersexualized, social-media-ruled world girls grow up in today is eye-opening and sobering." --People

"Social media is life; social media destroys life. For "American Girls," Ms. Sales spent two and a half years investigating this paradox.... and she's exquisitely unobtrusive as she does it. Conversations that are not safe for adults seem to open like apps under her fingertips. She has sophisticated methods of infiltration." --The Wall Street Journal

"Sales forces us to face a disturbing new reality in a book that should be required reading for parents, teachers, school administrators, legislators and the boys' club of Silicon Valley." --The San Francisco Chronicle

"Sales painstakingly draws on scholarly research and numerous interviews with girls from New Jersey to California to offer a harrowing glimpse into a world where self-esteem, friendships and sexuality play out, and are defined by the parameters of social media." --USA Today

"In her new book American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, readers are afforded the opportunity to understand what is really going on in the lives of teenagers, especially our girls. ..This book stands apart from other books targeted at understanding the concerns and current plight of teenage girls... A must read for all parents." --Examiner

"This book is an ice-cold, important wake-up call." --Kirkus Reviews

"This is an important book... It's an essential read if you have teenagers or tweens in your life...I highly recommend American Girls for anyone who wants to understand how our ongoing revelation is playing out for teenagers." --WebInkNow

"This intelligent, history-grounded investigation by journalist Sales (The Bling Ring) finds dismaying evidence that social media has fostered a culture "very hostile" to girls in which sexism, harassment, and cyberbullying have become the "new normal," along with the "constant chore" of tailoring one's image for public consumption and approval... Parents, educators, administrators, and the purveyors of social media platforms should all take note of this thoughtful, probing, and urgent work." --Publishers Weekly *Starred Review*

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