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Ashley, Age 14: "Who am I I don't really know. I'm still figuring that out. I think it's part of being at this age. I'm changing now--I can't say that I'm totally a child, and I can't say that I'm totally a woman, because I'm not that experienced. I'm right in-between."
Startling for the beauty of its images and the expressiveness of its subjects, this collection of photographs and essays captures the diverse experience of growing up female in America. In Picture the Girl, thirty-five teenage girls from all walks of life talk about the things that matter most to them--friendship, body image, motherhood, sexuality, peer pressure, loneliness, and success. Their first-person accounts offer valuable insights into the emotional transformation girls undergo on their way to becoming women, while Audrey Shehyn's remarkable photographs present a sensitive and perceptive picture of female identity. Like the bestselling Ophelia Speaks and Sisters, Picture the Girl speaks to the crucial role that self-esteem plays in a girl's future well-being. This compelling book by and for teenagers, as well as for adults who care about them, is filled with hope, recognition, and the certainty that their voices can and will be heard.