This visually interesting representation of girls around the world in 250 photos is an emotional journey. Mihaela takes the reader through hardship and privilege, discrimination, and limitations all with photos and a short blurb alongside to give context. In most, the girls are smiling and it isn’t until one reads the story that the full impact is made.

Broken into themes such as “be free” and “be happy”, Mihaela offers her perspective on the challenges and progress made for and by girls. We have travelled far, this is the best time to be a girl in the world, and yet the inequality still runs deep. I appreciated the diversity in the book, both culturally and in terms of how the girls chose to portray themselves. There are princesses and tomboys, high-performing athletes, and playground kids, it’s wonderfully inclusive.

Whilst highlighting how far we still need to go, the book has an uplifting spirit about it and a positivity I enjoyed! It’s a five out of five on the enJOYment scale.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Andrews McMeel Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

From the back cover:

This collection of powerful photographs and moving stories showcases young women of all backgrounds, from a myriad of cultures, showing us that all girls are awesome in their own special way.

Travel from Kabul to Texas with author and photographer Mihaela Noroc and experience astonishing diversity and a shared humanity in Girls of the World: 250 Portraits of Awesome.

The inspiring stories of these young women are the stories of our planet. Their gaze into the camera reveals their strength and tenacity, their joy and fun-seeking spirits, even in the face of hardships and extraordinary challenges.

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