Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny

Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny

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by Hill Harper
     
 

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Now in paperback: the New York Times bestselling book of inspirational advice and wisdom for young women from the powerhouse public speaker, star of CSI: NY, and bestselling author of Letters to a Young Brother

• Does life sometimes seem so much harder for girls?

• Do you ever feel insecure, pressured, or confused?

Overview

Now in paperback: the New York Times bestselling book of inspirational advice and wisdom for young women from the powerhouse public speaker, star of CSI: NY, and bestselling author of Letters to a Young Brother

• Does life sometimes seem so much harder for girls?

• Do you ever feel insecure, pressured, or confused?

• Do you wish you had someone to give you honest advice on topics like boys, school, family, and pursuing your dreams?

• Do you want to make a positive impact on the world, but don't even know how to begin?

In the follow-up to his award winning national bestseller, Letters to a Young Brother, actor and star of CSI: NY shares powerful wisdom for young women everywhere, drawing on the courageous advice of the female role models who transformed his life.

Letters to a Young Sister unfolds as a series of letters written by older brother Hill to a universal young sister. She's up against the same challenges as every young woman: from relating to her parents and dealing with peer pressure, to juggling schoolwork and crushes and keeping faith in the face of heartache. Hill offers guidance, encouragement, personal stories, and asks his female friends to help answer some truly tough questions. Every young sister needs to know that it's okay to dream big and to deFINE her own destiny. This is a book that will educate, uplift and inspire.

Including original contributions from:
Michelle Obama
• Angela Basset
• Ciara
• Tatyana Ali
• Eve
• Malinda Williams
• Chanel Iman
• Kim Porter
• and many more.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"When Hill told me about Letters to a Young Sister, my first thought was how badly I could have used a book like this growing up."
-Gabrielle Union

"This book would make a wonderful gift for any teen looking to find her place in life."
-Star Tribune (Minneapolis) "Hill, speaking like an older brother, lays out his vision to young women who are confronting rough issues on how to become the architect of their own lives."
- Ebony

"In his straight-talking style, Hill helps his young sister build self- confidence, self-reliance, self- respect, and encourages her on her journeys towards becoming a strong and successful woman."
- Concrete Loop

"Letters To a Young Sister: Define Your Destiny" won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Youth/Teens

His Letters to a Young Brother created a positive stir among readers; now Hill Harper shares his mentoring wisdom with young women. Letters to a Young Sister is emphatically gender-specific. Harper addresses topics including female identity and sexism; sex and dating; spending and saving; and more. A valuable gift for graduates, past, present, and future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592404599
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/05/2009
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
212,543
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher

"When Hill told me about Letters to a Young Sister, my first thought was how badly I could have used a book like this growing up."
-Gabrielle Union

"This book would make a wonderful gift for any teen looking to find her place in life."
-Star Tribune (Minneapolis) "Hill, speaking like an older brother, lays out his vision to young women who are confronting rough issues on how to become the architect of their own lives."
- Ebony

"In his straight-talking style, Hill helps his young sister build self- confidence, self-reliance, self- respect, and encourages her on her journeys towards becoming a strong and successful woman."
- Concrete Loop

"Letters To a Young Sister: Define Your Destiny" won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Youth/Teens

Meet the Author

Currently starring in CSI: NY, Hill Harper has appeared in numerous prime- time television shows and feature films, including Beloved and He Got Game. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a B.A. and cum laude from Harvard Law School. He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government. He was recently named one of People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive.

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Letters to a Young Sister 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Mitzvah More than 1 year ago
I recently worked with a group that was dealing with self esteem issues. The book was right on time. I was able to use a chapter in order to inspire that girls to start thinking positively about themselves as well as being able to tell their peers positive things that they admire. Girls today spend too much time tearing each other down. The book is inspiration and the girls enjoyed hearing the chapter that we read for the session. My gift to them was a copy of the book.
DSB11 More than 1 year ago
Hill Harper takes readers on a journey from the very first page. The foreword is done by actress Gabrielle Union, and she makes valid points when pursuing your dreams and not allowing anyone to hold you back. She sets the tone for what is to come by many more aspiring, strong, beautiful women who gives advice on love, dating, pressure, makeup and other topics that may have been asked that Hill Harper could/wouldn't answer.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In his latest book, LETTERS TO A YOUNG SISTER, Harper answers to the other half of the population not spoken to in LETTERS TO A YOUNG BROTHER - young women. Though he was inspired by a comment from a young woman of color, this book reaches across cultural and racial differences to speak to young women about issues they face growing up.

The narrator, Hill Harper himself, is writing to a hypothetical "young sistah," a young sistah who could be any young woman. The way Harper addresses issues like drugs, relationships, family life, and future plans for this young sistah is informal and unpretentious because of the medium he's chosen. In responding to questions and concerns from this young sistah, it is not a forced conversation or one set up like a customary teacher/student. In the beginning, Harper even admits that he might not have all the answers, but if he doesn't, he'll find a woman friend, teacher, or mentor who does.

Harper includes real emails with questions from real girls around the country, a great addition. In this way, sistahs get to see what other sistahs are thinking, feeling, and worrying about. This feature was also a great way for Harper to reach out and include some very influential women's responses to these emails - real women talking about their experiences as young sistahs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely a great book that gives neccessary guidance to young women. Hill Harper did an amazing job with writing this book and chose great educators to help get his message across. This is a must read for all young sistahs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book helped me understand things alot better coming from a male's point of view I wished that I had a good life- changing book like this when I was coming of age, it would have helped me out tremendously. No matter if you are in your teens, tweens, twenties, thirties, or early forties, this book will open up your eyes to the way life really was, and how only you have the ultimate power to enrich your own life and make it better. Change is so evident and it is needed in order for our own growth and developement...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hill provides great insight and counsel in a friendly "down to earth" manner. He doesn't sugar coat any of the topics and gives the hard core truth about relationships women develop over the course of their lives. This book is inspiring for all women and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain perspective in their life as well as a sense of direction.
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naajiya white More than 1 year ago
At first it was hard to get into the book, but as I continued to read I found the book to be inlighting and insightful. A great read and I would recommend it to females of all ages.
Iyana James More than 1 year ago
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PATRICIA DARNES More than 1 year ago
the book is an inspiring book that helps young sistahs build their strength and self-confidence. it talks about trials and tribulations us young girls go through from a man's point of view.i recommend it to all of my young, beautiful sisters!
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this book i finally picked it up to read.every morning i wake up... first i thank God...while on temporary disability i have been reading more and more and im taking this time to focus on whats important and whats not.. This book has given me a positive look on my marraige,my kids and the way i see myself facing everyday obstacles..Mr.Harper i have written many notes on what i want my life to continue to be and what to focus on...things that i would have found too embarrassing to admit..i will keep reading and gathering more info to share with my new husband....
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It wasn't a great book but it wasn't bad either. I personally didnt like it, it was completely different from what i expected it to be. But if you have the patients for it, you might really enjoy it. I on the other hand was completely bored.