I Am An Emotional Creature by Eve Ensler

by Victoria Testa

Eve Ensler’s I Am An Emotional Creature is for the girls. The girls who wear what they want, when they want. The girls who ask questions and make demands. The girls who stand up for what they believe is right, no matter how many times they are knocked down. The girls who are proud to be who they are. Simply put, this collection of monologues is all about the unique voice of teenage girls around the world.

In a collection of poems, monologues, guides, and stories, the reader is invited into the minds of young girls going through incredible traumas. One suburban girl grapples with her dwindling social status. Another provides a guide for surviving sex slavery. Another girl works day and night on Barbie Dolls she will never get to play with.

Equally heartbreaking and full of hope, while reading I Am An Emotional Creature, I fought back tears and laughter with only one question on my mind. Why? Why is their so much pain and suffering? Why are girls my age struggling to survive while I am struggling to write an essay? Why are people turning a blind eye to injustice, from across the world or in their local high school?

Eve Ensler brings these questions to light with poetic mastery. Deep and simple, she tells us the answer to these questions by saying: If you don’t like what you see, then fix it. She tells girls around the world to heal a world that has been left demolished, because even though they are young, they are mighty.

I Am An Emotional Creature tells you to stand up for what you believe in. It encourages you to dance in the rain and live every second. It applauds risk taking and asking questions. It invites you to be emotional, heartfelt, beautiful, rebellious, persistent, happy, and strong. I Am An Emotional Creature encourages you to change the world by being you.

Victoria Testa lives in New York City but is a beach bum at heart. When not writing or reading, she can be found surfing, swimming, and singing!

One thought on “I Am An Emotional Creature by Eve Ensler

  1. This book is so necessary. For older girls, for women (I hope some men read it too!)

    Thanks for bringing light to it here @ Figment… I hope more girls and women learn to, like you closed with, “change the world by being YOU!”

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