About RED the Book

RED the Book is a collection of personal (sometimes veyr personal) essays by the next generation of writers -- teenage girls -- on what fires up their lives today. Published by Hudson Street Press in November 2007; paperback from Plume October 2008

Get to know the authors.
"This book is amazing. Amy Goldwasser has gathered a perfect blend of raw and original voices. Honest, hysterical, heartbreaking, uplifting -- these essays come straight from the true teenage soul. Read this book!"
-- Paul Feig, creator of the TV series Freaks and Geeks; author of Kick Me and Superstud

"Each of these stories is a treasure. I couldn't say which is my favorite. It's like comparing children: one stuns you with her wit and then another breaks your heart with her sensitivity."
-- Jeannette Walls, author of the New York Times bestseller The Glass Castle

"Red will speak to every teenage girl out there who thinks she's alone. Thanks you to these brave and talented writers, and hooray for the rest of us, who will see our experiences in every chapter of this important book."
-- Sara Shandler, author of the New York Times bestseller Ophelia Speaks

"The honesty and beauty of the heartbreaking, hilarious, and often harrowing stories collected in Red are enough to give you hope for all the young women who wrote these marvelous pieces, and for literature, and for us all."
-- Francine Prose, author of the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer

"It's high time people stopped writing, talking, and worrying about teenage girls and just let those girls speak for themselves. This book gives voice to many talented young essayists, who -- either because of their sufferings, their great wit, their sensitivity, their triumph, or some combination of all of those things -- richly deserve to be heard. My suspicion (my hope!) is to hear from them again and again, far into the future."
-- Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the New York Times bestseller Eat, Pray, Love
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