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Starting the Conversation With Nancy Jo Sales’s American Girls

Instagram. Whisper. Yik Yak. Vine. YouTube. Kik. 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’s riveting and explosive American Girls.

Crisscrossing the country, Sales interviewed more than two hundred girls, ages thirteen to nineteen, and in the process formed a new picture of what it means to be a girl in America in 2016. 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. It’s the perfect topical nonfiction choice for any book club comprised of parents, relatives, or any adults who care about the teenage girls in their life.

Browse the discussion guide below and start the conversation with your reading group!


American Girls Discussion Guide for Parents