You Can Change The World Review

I got this book for free of NetGalley in return for an honest review.

We’ve all seen the plethora of books that inspire young children to follow their dreams and do what they want to regardless of gender stereotypes. This book is one for teenagers that feature actual teenagers doing important things in their community, that while still being impressive, are things that are more manageable for other people to follow.

You Can Change the World by Margaret Rooke


This inspirational book tells the stories of more than 50 of today’s teenagers who’ve dared to change the world they live in. It’s been written to show other teens they can do the same.
Bestselling author Margaret Rooke asks teens about their experiences of being volunteers, social entrepreneurs and campaigners, online and beyond. They explain how they have survived in a world often obsessed by celebrity, social media and appearance, by refusing to conform to other’s expectations. 
If you want to achieve against the odds and create genuine impact, this book may be the encouragement you need.
The interviews cover race, sexuality, violence, grief, neurodiversity, bullying and other issues central to life today.


I did enjoy this book and think that it is interesting to hear about other people’s experiences and how that influences their actions. While some people made great changes in their community, I got the impression that some of the people just had an interesting experience that changed them and is definitely worth talking about, however, I don’t feel that they all “Changed the World” as the title would suggest.

We can become the person we want to see when we are 60.

I also felt that the “interviews” that were promised in the description were more like the interviews giving a speech rather than a conversation, which made me feel a little mis-sold. The content of this book is very interesting and is well worth a read, I would just say that the book is not exactly what I was lead to believe from the cover.

3 stars

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