Parents' Guide to

Watch Us Rise

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Inspiring teen activists join forces in sweet friends tale.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Good role models, but just okay

Watch Us Rise reads like a middle grades novel. The characters are weakly developed and have the watery kindness that middle grades authors typically use. I appreciated the empowerment of women, but characters felt flat and inauthentic. Moxie was a much better read with similar messages.

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Is It Any Good?

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Award-winning novelist Reneée Watson has teamed up with the poet Ellen Hagan to empower teens, especially young women, to find their voices and be heard. Jasmine and Chelsea, high school juniors, take turns narrating Watch Us Rise, which moves the story along and gives two distinctive voices a chance to shine. Through their experiences struggling to be heard by their community, teens will learn a lot about social justice, racism, sexism, feminism, poetry, and lots more.

Chelsea and Jasmine each provide a compelling way for teens to start learning about a lot of big issues, and about a lot of inspiring artists, poets, and activists. They're believable, and teens will relate to their struggles not only for social justice but with themselves as they learn who they are and what they can do. The beginning is a little slow. At first, remembering who's narrating and what their situation is can be confusing, and it feels like the authors are trying too hard to raise too many issues without any resolution. But these things even out soon enough, and the rest of the novel will have readers rooting for the friends as they exercise their right to be heard.

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