Saturday, May 10, 2008

One Hundred Young Americans

One Hundred Young Americans by Michael Franzini
You will meet every kind of teenager in this book -the cheerleaders, football jocks, student body presidents, prom queens and other popular kids - the nerds, band geeks, gamers and other not-so-popular kids. Also the skaters, stoners, goths, punks, druggies and a lot of kids whose uniqueness defies labels. What they ultimately have in common is that they are struggling to find their identity and become independent. Check out the website.


Haley Miller said...

this book is amazing! i was at borders one day and saw it while looking in the photography section. i opened it and started reading, and i loved it. at first i thought it was pointless to read the whole thing because i’m reading about other people’s lives, and not living my own. But i ended up reading it, and it really opened up my eyes! i feel like i was so much less cultured before i read the book than i am now, because i never knew about how different social classes live, and the different things people focus their lives on to get through the day.
i like how the biographies of everyone was written because it’s so strong and to-the-point. they’re written like it’s no big deal, as if the writer’s heard the same story a million times. but that’s why it’s soo good, because the focus of the book isn’t thrown to one lucky person, it equally profiles everyone. the photography is amazing, too.

jennifer waldor said...

ok so im a teenager. and i really really like your photography. i think it speaks for itself and the book has inspired me to b a photographer even more then before.thanks!

librarycat said...

This is a very interesting book about what the authors call "The Instant Access Generation". It offers stunning photographs and short, sometimes disturbing, biographical sketches of teens selected to represent a cross section of American youth culture. I showed it to my daughter (college student age 21), and she thought that the teens in the book did not really reflect mainstream youth-too many of them were off the wall and quirky, or chosen because they fit a certain stereotype, e.g. "the band geek". (I suppose a book about "average" teenagers wouldn't be as interesting, though). The book is artistically well done, and a lot of research went into choosing the teens presented. I liked it. rating **** cheryl w (one of the "Boomers")