Brooks's strong, feminist, honest, and humorous voice invites young female leaders to become aware of and active about social, political, and economic issues. Her empowering messages do not send girls on flights of fancy; rather, she offers sensible information and instruction. Following down-to-earth reasons why they should get involved, Brooks speaks directly to girls of the current generation and avoids male-bashing. When encouraging political activism, positive contributions by both boys and girls are cited. Sound advice will reach her readers. For example, in directing on-campus activist groups to obtain school approval she writes, "The truth is, sucking up to the Man is going to provide you with some useful perks, like free photocopies or meeting space."
From organizing boycotts, obtaining government internships, starting small businesses, investing finances, obtaining nontraditional employment, shaping the culture (through zines, cable shows, and rock bands) to nurturing an ecologically-sound world and navigating the Internet, Brooks empowers readers. This "pro-active, pro-girl guide . . . is based on a simple principle: information = knowledge[;] knowledge = power." Brooks's infectious enthusiasm is grounded. Dreams conceived may be brought to fruition thanks to the dearth of concrete advice and excellent resources provided throughout the book.
And she does not stop there. "I can't decide which is more important: planting seeds of radical thought in your brain, or giving you as many resources for growing those seeds as possible," she says to introduce an additional thirty-one pages of annotated resource listings. Composing this review past deadline, I appreciated her tip to budding zine writers: "Number your issues, never date them. That way you can avoid...editorials about why your June issue is hitting the streets in November." This book is priceless. Resource listing.
VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broa