"I write about girls.
"I write about girls because every girl deserves the opportunity to pick up a book and see herself in its pages.
"I write about girls because girls, and their stories, matter.
"It's my way of letting them know."
On April 14th, 2015, she posted this with the hashtag #tothegirls to tell girls all over the world that they are seen, heard, and loved. People all over the world chimed in on social media, posting messages of support and encouragement, sharing thoughts and quotes both funny and profound.
Today, January 21st, it's time to spread the word again. Use the hashtag #tothegirls2016 along with your personal message of support and encouragement on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, your blog, your vlog, wherever you see fit. Write a note on your wipe-off board on the door of your dorm room or stick a Post-It note on your family's fridge or bathroom mirror. Share the message, and share the love.
From Courtney's article today in The Guardian:
Sometimes, I think of my novels as letters to their readers.
The difficult, often hard-to-like female protagonists and the particular set of challenges they face may change from book to book, but the underlying message - the heart of the story - is always the same: whatever you're going through and however you feel, you’re not alone.
One of fiction's greatest powers is its ability to reveal the parts of ourselves we're most afraid to show; both the ugly and the beautiful. When a reader sees their secrets on the page, there's a chance it can make a world of difference for them. It can lessen the weight of those secrets to the point the reader can breathe just a little bit easier and to the point, even, the reader might be able to say their secrets out loud.
Sometimes, saying a secret out loud changes a life.
Sometimes, saying a secret out loud saves it.
I'm not the first person to express this and I won't be the last: a book can be a lifeline.
Read the full article at theguardian.com
For more information, visit http://tothegirls2016.tumblr.com and follow Courtney Summers on Twitter @courtney_s
A few thoughts from me to the girls in 2016 and beyond:
You are awesome.
You can do this.