Things I Have to Tell You: Poems and Writing by Teenage Girls (Betsy Franco Young Adult)

Teenage girls tell their own stories—in compelling poetry and prose paired with 42 striking black-and-white photographs.

The voices in this collection have so much to question, so much to grieve. They have so much to celebrate, so much to rage against. They’re ready to speak up and begin the conversation — with you and with the world. More than thirty uncensored poems are accompanied by Nina Nickles’s masterful photographs, which sensitively capture the moods and essence of adolescence. Here, painted in the words of teenage girls, is a portrait of their dreams and desires - a record of hope, disillusionment, anger, joy, sadness, and most of all, strength.

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By Jeanine (The United States) · May 06, 2012
Jeanine Allen
Poetry


Things I Have to Tell You: poems and writing by teenage girls edited by Betsy Franco with photographs by Nina Nickles is a collection of poetry written for and by teenage girls. The writings generally talk about the transition from girlhood to womanhood. They focus on body imag... ...more
By Jeanine (The United States) · May 06, 2012
Jeanine Allen
Poetry


Things I Have to Tell You: poems and writing by teenage girls edited by Betsy Franco with photographs by Nina Nickles is a collection of poetry written for and by teenage girls. The writings generally talk about the transition from girlhood to womanhood. They focus on body imag... ...more
By Kelsey (Pittsburgh, PA) · ★★★★☆ · May 11, 2013
Kelsey Collins
Franco, B. (2001). Things I have to tell you: Poems and writing by teenage girls. Somerville: Candlewick.
Genre: Poetry
Format: Print
Selection Process: Browsing “young adult poetry” selections from Amazon.com and reading previous reviews.

Author Betsy Franco gathers more than thirty po... ...more
By Dannielle · ★★★☆☆ · May 01, 2012
Dannielle Nebinski
Genre: Poetry


This is a powerful book of poetry written by very talented teenage writers. The book is a wonderful mixture of poetry and prose, about these teenage girls' fears, angst, dreams, and relationships. The black and white photographs of Nina Nickles placed throughout the... ...more
By Alyssa (The United States) · May 06, 2012
Alyssa Peters
Poetry
This book was very sad but truthful. Many of the poems were written by teenage girls about themselves. These girls have to deal with what people think about their looks, bodies, and sexuality. There are also pictures in the book. Some are of the young girls at school, in the st... ...more
By Amber (Charlotte, MI) · ★★★★☆ · April 25, 2012
Amber Wortz
Poetry

This book is a compilation of poems and prose written by teenage girls all over the world. The poems are about issues that the author believes are important for teenage girls to know about life that most people don't talk about openly.

These poems amazed me and I could not believe... ...more
By Alyssa · April 22, 2012
Alyssa Morres
Poetry

In this book it shows how much teenage girls actually go through at this time. Love, grief, happiness, self consciousness, all of these things are what are talked about in these poems written by actual teenage girls. It opens up a lot of questions and allows other teenage girl... ...more
By Jeanine (The United States) · May 06, 2012
Jeanine Allen
Poetry


Things I Have to Tell You: poems and writing by teenage girls edited by Betsy Franco with photographs by Nina Nickles is a collection of poetry written for and by teenage girls. The writings generally talk about the transition from girlhood to womanhood. They focus on body imag... ...more
By Liz · ★★★★★ · August 17, 2010
I picked this book up from the library one day, back when I was in high school, on a whim. I wound up being really surprised by how much I loved it. I can see where some adults might pass writing by high school women off as fluffy and unintelligent, yet this is absolutely not the case.

This book i... ...more
By Ashlyn (Rexburg, ID) · ★★★★★ · November 20, 2014
I liked both of the books that she did because they were written by children with real problems and experiences and joys that everyone faces. I ink it was a great idea to put those poems into a book. I love expression through poem and I think that it probably meant a lot to the children that thei... ...more