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Instagram. Whisper. Yik Yak. Vine. YouTube. Kik. Ask.fm. Tinder. The dominant force in the lives of girls coming of age in America today is social media. What it is doing to an entire generation of young women is the subject of award-winning Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales' riveting and explosive American Girls.

With extraordinary intimacy and precision, Sales captures what it feels like to be a girl in America today. From Montclair to Manhattan and Los Angeles, from Florida and Arizona to Texas and Kentucky, Sales crisscrossed the country, speaking to more than 200 girls, ages 13 to 19, and documenting a massive change in the way girls are growing up, a phenomenon that transcends race, geography, and household income. American Girls provides a disturbing portrait of the end of childhood as we know it and of the inexorable and ubiquitous experience of a new kind of adolescence - one dominated by new social and sexual norms, where a girl's first crushes and experiences of longing and romance occur in an accelerated electronic environment; where issues of identity and self-esteem are magnified and transformed by social platforms that provide instantaneous judgment.

What does it mean to be a girl in America in 2016? It means coming of age online in a hypersexualized culture that has normalized extreme behavior, from pornography to the casual exchange of nude photographs; a culture rife with a virulent new strain of sexism and a sometimes self-undermining notion of feminist empowerment; a culture in which teenagers are spending so much time on technology and social media that they are not developing basic communication skills. From beauty gurus to slut shaming to a disconcerting trend of exhibitionism, Nancy Jo Sales provides a shocking window into the troubling world of today's teenage girls.

Provocative and urgent, American Girls is destined to ignite a much-needed conversation about how we can help our daughters and sons negotiate unprecedented new challenges.

©2016 Nancy Jo Sales (P)2016 Random House Audio

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A must read if you are a parent!

Knowledge is power. So glad this book was recommended to me by a friend. Scary stuff but I'd rather have an idea as to what my kids are exposed to and engaging with than turning a blind eye or being naive. No easy conclusions or answers here but the conversations with our boys and girls need to happen sooner and younger than I may have realized.

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A Must Read for anyone who has or works with teens

While the focus is on teen girls, listeners (or readers) will also gain insight into the minds of teenage boys. at once heartbreaking, enlightening, and entertaining, this is a must read for anyone with teens in their life.

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  • Don
  • Butte, MT, USA
  • 03-05-16

Ear opening. Very well performed by reader.

Valuable research insights for parents of teenage kids and very young adults. My, how things have changed.

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a must-read for parents of teens

a thought-provoking book and an exceptional performance. I would recommend this book to anyone with teenage kids.

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I wish all women would read and put into practice the opposite

Of what we are doing to each other. Our Beauvoir is what's feeding the disgusting unhealthy nature of the way men are wired.
And instead of continuing to destroy ourselves and fall prey to the disturbing trends lend and ear and empower each other to change the debauchery that's destroying us

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  • ginger
  • SANFORD, NC, United States
  • 07-20-17

I didn't like this one

Didn't like this at all! Very boring and not very informative. Would like to get credit back for this one.

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  • Reg
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I want to give this book a higher rating

If you work with young women you should read this book. It's warning about porn and social media culture are important and timely. But her portrayal of boys is at base disgusting, limited in scope, and flatly unfair. Her ideas about the solution seem to ignore huge swaths of her own discoveries.

I think we are letting young people down. This book is an example of how we do that. And should be rea.

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Drudgery... this so normal

I hate this book. I hate book, because it's accurate. Most men these days are vagina worshiping zombies. No commitment , no loyalty, no communication skills, no brains and to many video games. I am really want to hate men except I know that my dad exists. Lol!
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strong message

strong and real message, everyone that raises and works with young people should be informed by what is presented.

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After listening to this book, I feel the need to disinfect my ears and go to church to cleanse my soul...proceed with caution.

In the title, "secret" means gossip, as the content is nothing more than sexual exploits. Reads like a trashy novel that does more to perpetuate the problems of porn culture than offer any credible solutions. The author takes a long time to tell you what you already know. The last chapter is the only thing worth reading, in my opinion, but the brevity provides no redemption for the railing that has just occurred. (Uugh!)