Welcome to RED the Book!

58 real teenage lives, written by 58 real teenage girls

That's RED as in not pink

"A must-have" — Teen Vogue

"This book is amazing....a perfect blend of raw and original voices. Honest, hysterical, heartbreaking, uplifting...straight from the true teenage soul." — Paul Feig, creator of FREAKS AND GEEKS, director of BRIDESMAIDS and this summer's THE HEAT

"Unsparingly frank and perceptive, [teenage girls] take on politics, pop culture, and body image.... Long underestimated and undervalued by society, they emerge as literature and society's great hope." — Vanity Fair

RED the Book: the News

NEW: RED Hearts, first-hand reports from the authors on what they're "hearting" in the news, in style, in entertainment. Visit I Heart Daily to sign up for the newsletter

RED's proud cameo on Portlandia! (Happy 10th anniversary to Women & Women First, our favorite fictional feminist bookstore.)

Zoe Mendelson exposes the real deal with Groupon--and why she's not buying it.

Congratulations to all on a triumphant theatre run in LA:

"...rendered in language surprisingly (to adults, at least) frank, funny and sophisticated..."

—Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times and listen to the CBS Radio interview, with editor Amy Goldwasser and author—now playwright, too—Lisa Chau.

Zoe Mendelson offers Generation Y A Wall Street SPO (and Jordyn Turney asks BFF? WTF?) at RED the Book on The Huffington Post. Read Charlotte Steinway's Boston Globe op-ed on "fauxting," the silent epidemic.

RED the Book + Barack Obama:

RED editor Amy Goldwasser—right there with Barack Obama's "Election Night Remarks"—anthologized in the Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings, in bookstores (and classrooms!) now.

READ RED authors: Maya-Catherine Popa on Dating A Liar (you too?); Carey Dunne on How to Turn Teenage All-About-Me-ism into Altruism and Cindy Morand on, Since When Is Teen Pregnancy Cool?

Give girls reading and writing, with RED the Paperback
RED the Book Drive

[A great, make-the-world-better gift for girls and anyone else, starting at $12: Sponsor books or a RED memoir writing workshop in your name]

Inside the Mind of the Teenage Girl on New York Magazine's Vulture blog

RED the Book Drive on DailyCandy

And proudly introducing RED's first charity partners!

RED the Book: the Tour

"This is the best reading I've ever been to." - SMITHmag.net

"...an extraordinary reading, unlike any I've ever been to." - Hallmark Magazine

RED the Book: The Editor


What the critics are saying...

"Unsparingly frank and perceptive, the essays in Red take on politics, pop culture, and body image. Long underestimated and undervalued by society, [teenage girls] emerge as literature and society's great hope." - Vanity Fair
"I was stunned by the speed with which each of these stories pulled me in...funny, smart, dark, observant. If Red is any indication, then the kids are alright." - Salon
"The fifty-eight essays run the gamut--from laugh-out-loud funny to outrageous to heartrending. But each is astounding in its honesty and wisdom. The authors are complicated and real, with interests and concerns of immense scope. A surefire hit for girls and for everyone who thinks girls are interesting."- VOYA 
Red the Book is..."A must-have" in Teen Vogue; Newsweek's Book of the Week; Family Circle's Book of the Month; and "Brilliant/Highbrow" on New York Magazine's Approval Matrix.

What the authors are saying...

  • Red in Ohio!

    So I logged onto my facebook today and I got a post from one of my friends that I went to middle school with. She now goes to college at Ohio State. Apparently she went to the library and checked out this interesting looking book and started reading it. After a few short stories, she realized that she knew some of the authors which happen to be Hannah...
    Posted to sarahmo (Weblog) by sarahmo on 08-30-2010
  • gmail is offering me a cruise from south africa to india...

    ...and this is a surprisingly pertinent offer. Sort of. In exactly one month and two days, I will be on a series of planes heading towards Nairobi, Kenya, where I will be studying at the University of Nairobi for six months (!!!) (I am so unbelievably stoked). The Center for International Programming at Kalamazoo selected me to be one of the four bloggers...
    Posted to gmail is a tricksy thing (Weblog) by saskiab on 07-28-2010
  • Life's little twists and turns

    I was completely banking my summer on the hope of getting an internship through the SCA. It was almost going to happen, even—two weeks ago, I had called up the SCA once again and they send my application to five more places! I mean, it was looking good! Well, then I got an e-mail from one of the history professors. See, back in February, I attended...
    Posted to amylicious! (Weblog) by amyh on 04-24-2010
  • Master Baiter

    I really wanted to post about this because it is something I think you will all enjoy immensely. My new college roomate in college. Her name is Kristin. And, She masturbates. A lot. I kid you not. When we first became new roomates, she did it maybe once or twice and I didnt really take any notice because I was asleep and didnt even really know what...
    Posted to hannahm (Weblog) by hannahm on 02-14-2010
  • Snow days in college? Really?!

    Could it be? Am I really blogging so soon after my last post! Les gasps! Well, let's just say it's been the chillest week ever in the history of my college career so far. "Why is that?" You may ask. You see, last weekend we got a helluva lot of snow. Like, eighteen inches, right? And the roads and sidewalks sucked but we had classes...
    Posted to amylicious! (Weblog) by amyh on 02-13-2010

See for yourself, meet the authors...

Catch Red the Book: the Tour!


Did someone’s essay in Red particularly speak to you? Speak to its author, right here, right now!

“I just hope people don’t feel like this for the rest of their lives.”
Sam Lewin

“Someone once said that I should kill myself I’m so fat. Not to my face, no, but they meant for me to hear it.”
Amy Hunt