From the best-selling Ophelia Speaks to the recent "girl power" movement, teenage girls are speaking their minds and having their due. But what do the boys think? In this important book, John Nikkah set out to document the true voices of teenage boys.
Nikkah contacted over five thousand schools across the country looking for the voices of America's young males. What are their goals, their fears, their hopes, their dreams? What are their lives really like as they stand on the verge of manhood? Our Boys Speak draws on hundreds of entries from boys aged twelve to eighteen of varied racial, economic, religious, and regional backgrounds.
The essays, poems, diary entries, and stories collected here cover all manner of topics: sex, dating, sports, religion, depression, violence, video games, family, and just about everything in between. Providing perspective and commentary on these writings is Nikkah himself—a clinician, therapist, and young man who comes to new understandings about his own teenage years through the raw statements he encounters in these pages.