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Part of the four-book Queens of the Resistance series, saluting some of the most beloved boss ladies in Congress: a celebration of AOC, the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress and its newest superstar Not long ago, no one could even imagine a twenty-eight-year-old Latina upstart running for Congress representing Queens and the Bronx: It required facing the city's n Part of the four-book Queens of the Resistance series, saluting some of the most beloved boss ladies in Congress: a celebration of AOC, the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress and its newest superstar Not long ago, no one could even imagine a twenty-eight-year-old Latina upstart running for Congress representing Queens and the Bronx: It required facing the city's nearly all-white, all-male political machine. But since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez graced the scene in all her bartending, tweet-talking, mold-breaking glory, the face of politics in the twenty-first century has changed. Today, Ocasio-Cortez is a foremost advocate for progress, whipping up support among her colleagues and gaining the secret admiration of her foes. She's jousting with an outrageous president and a conservative media sphere that place her under relentless attack. Why? Because they fear her gift for speaking truth to power. With illustrations, deep research, and writing as endlessly quotable as she is, Queens of the Resistance pays tribute to this phenomenal woman. About the series: Each book of the Queens of the Resistance series is a celebration of the rebellion against the oppression of women and an embracement of the new in the United States government. The series is adorned with sass, discernment, and the badassery of the present and future leadership. The Doomsday Clock is at a minute to midnight, and the patriarchal power grid that lights "the shining city on a Hill" is about to black out. It's time to yield to the alternative--the power of women.


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Part of the four-book Queens of the Resistance series, saluting some of the most beloved boss ladies in Congress: a celebration of AOC, the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress and its newest superstar Not long ago, no one could even imagine a twenty-eight-year-old Latina upstart running for Congress representing Queens and the Bronx: It required facing the city's n Part of the four-book Queens of the Resistance series, saluting some of the most beloved boss ladies in Congress: a celebration of AOC, the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress and its newest superstar Not long ago, no one could even imagine a twenty-eight-year-old Latina upstart running for Congress representing Queens and the Bronx: It required facing the city's nearly all-white, all-male political machine. But since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez graced the scene in all her bartending, tweet-talking, mold-breaking glory, the face of politics in the twenty-first century has changed. Today, Ocasio-Cortez is a foremost advocate for progress, whipping up support among her colleagues and gaining the secret admiration of her foes. She's jousting with an outrageous president and a conservative media sphere that place her under relentless attack. Why? Because they fear her gift for speaking truth to power. With illustrations, deep research, and writing as endlessly quotable as she is, Queens of the Resistance pays tribute to this phenomenal woman. About the series: Each book of the Queens of the Resistance series is a celebration of the rebellion against the oppression of women and an embracement of the new in the United States government. The series is adorned with sass, discernment, and the badassery of the present and future leadership. The Doomsday Clock is at a minute to midnight, and the patriarchal power grid that lights "the shining city on a Hill" is about to black out. It's time to yield to the alternative--the power of women.

30 review for Queens of the Resistance: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: A Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline's Reads

    I will agree with the other reviewers. There was so much potential for this book, but the tone was very off. It's, like what another reviewer said, sounded like an older person writing, trying to be cool. I would have rather read an autobiography by Alexandria and have her narrate it, but I get it, she's busy. I also thought the narrator tried really hard to be "cool" but it sounded annoying and fake. I didn't think the slang or off-beat commentary was needed. If this was a dry book about facts, I will agree with the other reviewers. There was so much potential for this book, but the tone was very off. It's, like what another reviewer said, sounded like an older person writing, trying to be cool. I would have rather read an autobiography by Alexandria and have her narrate it, but I get it, she's busy. I also thought the narrator tried really hard to be "cool" but it sounded annoying and fake. I didn't think the slang or off-beat commentary was needed. If this was a dry book about facts, it would have been more enjoyable to me. It was also too short to show me any insight to AOC. You can skip this book and just watch the Netflix documentary.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kuhu Badgi

    MY QUEEN AOC 🙌 I loved how fun this was to read (despite being nonfiction). Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez will forever inspire me and continues to ignite my inner flame of passion for making this country better literally every time I look through her twitter. The book itself was a little quickly paced, so at times it felt a bit hard to understand what was going on, but generally it did a great job of giving an overview of AOC's life while simultaneously making me laugh! MY QUEEN AOC 🙌 I loved how fun this was to read (despite being nonfiction). Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez will forever inspire me and continues to ignite my inner flame of passion for making this country better literally every time I look through her twitter. The book itself was a little quickly paced, so at times it felt a bit hard to understand what was going on, but generally it did a great job of giving an overview of AOC's life while simultaneously making me laugh!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ula

    4 out of 5 💪"...She's still Alex from the block 🎶" 'Queens of the Resistance' is a series of books about modern-day politicians committed to making an impact on our everyday lives. Also, to change the existing administrative model to be more inclusive and welcome for every gender and skin color. These Queens are concerned about racial justice, everyday problems of undocumented Americans, and climate change. The volume about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tells the story of AOC since the very beginning, 4 out of 5 💪"...She's still Alex from the block 🎶" 'Queens of the Resistance' is a series of books about modern-day politicians committed to making an impact on our everyday lives. Also, to change the existing administrative model to be more inclusive and welcome for every gender and skin color. These Queens are concerned about racial justice, everyday problems of undocumented Americans, and climate change. The volume about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tells the story of AOC since the very beginning, including her childhood through the first steps in politics to her plans for the future. The book is strongly biased but that something the one can guess just by the title. It made my roll my eyes ones or twice in the first chapters but the farthest in the book, the more concrete data, and stories. I enjoyed the background story of Alexandria and all the badass stuff she's done (so far!). The biggest advantage of the series is language, pure gen Z / millennial slang and references made me smile. That whole attitude made the book more enjoyable and easier to digest. I enjoyed that piece and want to read more books of that series!! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher Plume for Young Readers for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and feelings are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lake Villa District Library

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  5. 4 out of 5

    Danny

    I liked how much I learned about AOC here. I knew she was a bad ass already and hearing her journey into politics was super interesting to me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lexi (Reads and Riesling)

    “I smoked this race...I didn’t edge anybody out. I dominated and I’m going to own that.” Honestly, the only things I knew about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez before reading this book was that she was the youngest person ever elected to Congress, which in itself is a tremendous accomplishment, and she faced harsh negativity from the likes of Trump and Fox News. However, thanks to this book, I now recognize that she is so much more than that. She is the closest to a perfect politician you can get; she c “I smoked this race...I didn’t edge anybody out. I dominated and I’m going to own that.” Honestly, the only things I knew about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez before reading this book was that she was the youngest person ever elected to Congress, which in itself is a tremendous accomplishment, and she faced harsh negativity from the likes of Trump and Fox News. However, thanks to this book, I now recognize that she is so much more than that. She is the closest to a perfect politician you can get; she cares deeply about her constituents and all people, she is intelligent, she is brave, she is open-minded, and she is fun. She understands how important it is to listen. She doesn’t introduce policies as a way to better herself individually. No, she is invested in policies that can save the country. She stands up for women, immigrants, communities of color, the LGBTQ+ community. She doesn’t let anyone push her around and she owns her accomplishments. She is globally-minded and deeply empathetic and I regret not knowing more about her before now. Queens of the Resistance: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a highly accessible book. It does not read like a textbook, although it is definitely just as informative. The language is effective in highlighting not just that biographies and nonfiction can be for everyone, but that AOC is an extraordinary everyday individual. The authors effectively are telling their readers, “Hey, this woman from a working class family in the Bronx became a woman who inspires us all and you can, too.” It is a fun and endearing read that is short, sweet, and to the point, but packs a punch of inspiring messages. This book would be the perfect read for anyone who wants to learn from fearless leader, AOC. Thank you to NetGalley and Dutton Books for allowing me access to the e-ARC of this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    "Who knew that while we were enjoying the moment, the wind beneath our wings after two terms with the first black president, a time that had left us proximal to a variety of enjoyable mini multi-cultures: sushi, guacamole, break dancing--there was a group of malcontents intent on making America great again..."great" like the 1940's. And that mean forcing women back into the kitchen, padlocking the door, and throwing away the key." I want to begin by saying that I love Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and "Who knew that while we were enjoying the moment, the wind beneath our wings after two terms with the first black president, a time that had left us proximal to a variety of enjoyable mini multi-cultures: sushi, guacamole, break dancing--there was a group of malcontents intent on making America great again..."great" like the 1940's. And that mean forcing women back into the kitchen, padlocking the door, and throwing away the key." I want to begin by saying that I love Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and align with her politically, so this book was just like a continuous pep-talk for me, reminding me of all the changes I would like to see in the American political machine. That being said, I found this book to be an easy read and most likely targeted at younger girls probably around my 12 year old daughter's age. It was easy to understand and informative and reminded us how AOC represents us all, not just herself and not just the Bronx. I believe if Trump is the backlash we are receiving for Obama, then by the same measure, AOC and her squad are the backlash to Trump. As the authors wrote, "These women are America’s response to the mess that became the Trump election. Enough is enough." I do not think that anyone who doesn't agree with AOC would enjoy this book, thanks to the constant media sabotage from Fox News towards AOC, however, I also don't think it will matter because they will not be the ones to pick up this book. I think this book holds a fantastic overview to share with young girls who look up to these trailblazers and reminds us all that just one person can make a difference. Thank you to @netgalley for my advanced copy!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Simone

    Review and star rating to follow. I'm still trying to figure my opinion about this book out. Update 9/25/20: 2 rounded up to 3 stars. So, I had a little bit of time to think about this book and everything I read. I really wanted to learn more about AOC, her personality, her thought process, her upbringing. And yes, I did get that! It was exciting to learn more about this charismatic young woman and her journey to Congress. However, overall, this book left a bad taste in my mouth. My hope was that Review and star rating to follow. I'm still trying to figure my opinion about this book out. Update 9/25/20: 2 rounded up to 3 stars. So, I had a little bit of time to think about this book and everything I read. I really wanted to learn more about AOC, her personality, her thought process, her upbringing. And yes, I did get that! It was exciting to learn more about this charismatic young woman and her journey to Congress. However, overall, this book left a bad taste in my mouth. My hope was that this would be a portrait of a great young woman which would open the door to some more dialogue and for more conservative voters to see the world from her perspective. But this book ended up being a man hating, Trump and conservatives hating, Democratic party glorifying propaganda book and that, my dear friends, was extremely disappointing!!! This is NOT how you start adult conversations about politics and the goals AOC has/had. This book had so much potential and fell utterly short!!! I'm very sad about that! Also, the writing style was annoying at times! I get it...this may be aimed at a younger generation. But I'm sure us older folks are very interested in AOC's story and goals. I felt like the author tried too hard to use language that would make it interesting to read, but I had the feeling that even Millennials and GenZers would roll their eyes at this one. I hardly ever give a book a rating of less than 3 stars, but this book doesn't deserve more than 2 stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sage

    Definitely an inspiring read. More young people in Congress, please!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Parker (Paperback Parker)

    Thank you to PENGUIN GROUP Dutton for providing me an E-ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! I was super excited to pick this up! Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an absolute icon. I'm always eager to learn more about her life, and I did learn a lot from reading this book! It was awesome learning about her family history and her upbringing. I also enjoyed getting some quotes from family members about AOC and her political endeavours. Furthermore, I thought the authors made good deci Thank you to PENGUIN GROUP Dutton for providing me an E-ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! I was super excited to pick this up! Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an absolute icon. I'm always eager to learn more about her life, and I did learn a lot from reading this book! It was awesome learning about her family history and her upbringing. I also enjoyed getting some quotes from family members about AOC and her political endeavours. Furthermore, I thought the authors made good decisions regarding the quotes and speeches from AOC that they finally included. I also really love the cover, as you can just see Alexandria's empathy, care, and compassion shine right through the illustration. However, besides those few things, I didn't really enjoy this book much. I don't want to dwell on the negatives, so I'll just quickly make some points: - The timeline was jumpy and confusing at times - I REALLY didn't like the constant use of "sis", "girl", "queen", etc. It made the overall reading experience just... pretty bad. - There was a whole section about "beauty tips", which I did not understand and was quite confused by. - The E-ARC was missing all of the photos inside the book. Of course, I understand that an advanced copy wouldn't be totally finished, so this didn't bother me too much. - I hate Trump, but the authors sometimes used ableist terms and ideas when talking about him, and I can't get behind that. - There were a lot of people introduced and talked about in this book (understandably), but I wish there was a list either at the beginning or end of these people's names/jobs/relation to AOC. Overall, I think this is a good resource for starting to learn about AOC. The information is detailed. albeit confusing at times, and you really get a sense of Alexandria's character and impact on the world. This obviously isn't the be-all-end-all of biographies, far from it, but in the small page count of it, I think the authors accomplished what they set out to do. There were quite a few things I didn't enjoy, so I can't give this a rating any higher than a 3/5 stars. But I'm glad I read it and learned more about AOC's past.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Woodrum

    Ugh!!! I wanted to love this book so badly!!! It was so cute and colorful and fun looking and I got it at Urban Outfitters and it’s about my favorite politician ever so it was just calling my name! This book was somewhat disappointing, however. The laid back language and causality of this book was entirely overused. If I read “sis” or “queen” one more time, I was about to throw the book at the wall (I know I totally sound like I’m 50 saying that even though I’m 17, but... still.) The actual writ Ugh!!! I wanted to love this book so badly!!! It was so cute and colorful and fun looking and I got it at Urban Outfitters and it’s about my favorite politician ever so it was just calling my name! This book was somewhat disappointing, however. The laid back language and causality of this book was entirely overused. If I read “sis” or “queen” one more time, I was about to throw the book at the wall (I know I totally sound like I’m 50 saying that even though I’m 17, but... still.) The actual writing was quite poorly organized and pieced together, and the rating is 3 stars versus 1.5/2 only because some of the information was genuinely interesting and because I am seriously in love with AOC, so it felt a crime to give just a star or two to a book all about her. Unfortunately, the book was just too jumbled and disorganized for my taste. I definitely won’t be re-reading, but will now venture out for a book more informative on her. However, since the read was so casual and quick, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this to someone else, but I wouldn’t steer them away from it. If you love AOC and don’t mind a little female empowerment, this book is just that (though not always executed in the best ways)!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    I really wanted to like this book but I just could not do it. This is my first one star review and i feel as though it is heavily warranted. Let me start by saying I read this book as a way to gain more information about Congresswoman AOC as I happen to find it immensely beneficial to learn about every politician Democrat or Republican as a way to truly be an informed person on current events. I will also mention that I happen to lean more conservatively than most. However, My political views do I really wanted to like this book but I just could not do it. This is my first one star review and i feel as though it is heavily warranted. Let me start by saying I read this book as a way to gain more information about Congresswoman AOC as I happen to find it immensely beneficial to learn about every politician Democrat or Republican as a way to truly be an informed person on current events. I will also mention that I happen to lean more conservatively than most. However, My political views do not factor into this review at all. This book read more as a hagiography than a balanced view of AOC and her congressional contributions and beliefs. The Prose also became quite annoying with the term Queen or Yaasss coming more than I would have thought necessary as it made the book feel more like a way to capitalize on Teen Culture and portray AOC as a beloved congresswoman in the eyes of the voters that belong to My Generation. I sincerely hope that the other books in this series are better.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Renee Schmidt

    While I enjoyed the book itself, I wonder if it’s more designed for a teenage audience rather than an adult reader because it reads a lot like a high school report. The content was informative, but surface level and I couldn’t help but feel the dialogue in which it was written took away from the quality of the content. I’m curious if the writers have met AOC or if they’re rewriting other’s news stories and interviews in a different way in an attempt to cash in on her success. I found myself skip While I enjoyed the book itself, I wonder if it’s more designed for a teenage audience rather than an adult reader because it reads a lot like a high school report. The content was informative, but surface level and I couldn’t help but feel the dialogue in which it was written took away from the quality of the content. I’m curious if the writers have met AOC or if they’re rewriting other’s news stories and interviews in a different way in an attempt to cash in on her success. I found myself skipping over the “sis” and “queens” throughout the book, mostly because they were placed poorly in the middle of important sentences or at the end as if after thoughts. If there is an audio book I wonder if it would translate better, because on paper the content came up short and in echoing other’s thoughts tried too hard to make politics “wok.” With that being said, I do plan to read the other three books in the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nuha

    Thank you to Penguin Group Dutton & NetGalley for the Advanced Reader's Copy Available June 30 2020 In "Queens of Resistance: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez", Brenda Jones & Krishan Trotman attempt to discuss the young Congresswomen's successful story along with a mix of #relatable content like fashion tips & favorite recipes. While talking about issues like ICE and climate change, Trotman and Jones try to keep it #hip by sprinkling in terms like "go sis" and "yasss". It reads like a literal transcript Thank you to Penguin Group Dutton & NetGalley for the Advanced Reader's Copy Available June 30 2020 In "Queens of Resistance: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez", Brenda Jones & Krishan Trotman attempt to discuss the young Congresswomen's successful story along with a mix of #relatable content like fashion tips & favorite recipes. While talking about issues like ICE and climate change, Trotman and Jones try to keep it #hip by sprinkling in terms like "go sis" and "yasss". It reads like a literal transcript of Al-jazeera mixed with some Teen Vogue and NowThis. It seems like the book and the series would appeal to the older teen population who are beginning to be politically engaged.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Korpela

    I enjoyed learning more about AOC. She is an amazing human! I found the writing style to be a bit distracting. I do believe this book is aimed at attracting and holding the attention of younger readers which I think it would do masterfully. I rate it three stars for the distraction of the use of hashtags and current vernacular of this generation. Other than that, it's a sold, quick read on a very important woman in U.S. History. I enjoyed learning more about AOC. She is an amazing human! I found the writing style to be a bit distracting. I do believe this book is aimed at attracting and holding the attention of younger readers which I think it would do masterfully. I rate it three stars for the distraction of the use of hashtags and current vernacular of this generation. Other than that, it's a sold, quick read on a very important woman in U.S. History.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I’ll agree with the other reviewers, the writing tone is insufferable at times. While I appreciated the information about AOC, I was hoping for something a little bit more in-depth and less “I’m so cool-listen to me! *snap* *snap* “. I would recommend this to a middle or high-schooler doing a book report or wanting to learn more about political figures in a bite-sized book. There’s even a few illustrations to help break up and enhance the story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Niamh

    Another excellent addition to the Queens of Resistance series, this time about Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Because AOC's career has not been quite as extensive as the other women included in this series (give it time, though), so this one is a lot shorter, but it still covers the grassroots movement that brought AOC into politics. A dynamic, quick read. Another excellent addition to the Queens of Resistance series, this time about Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Because AOC's career has not been quite as extensive as the other women included in this series (give it time, though), so this one is a lot shorter, but it still covers the grassroots movement that brought AOC into politics. A dynamic, quick read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    AOC is a BOSS!! Her journey to Congress is inspiring- this is an important read for all young women, even those who are uninterested in or unfamiliar with politics. Although the style of writing definitely targets a younger audience, it was still an enjoyable read- would make a great resource for teachers to share with teenage students!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I expected more from this book than a hagiography. I don’t know who the audience for this book is, but it’s not me. It felt like it was geared towards middle-age readers, but there was too much profanity for that to be the case. I’m going to go back to enjoying the first volume of Obama’s memoir now.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    A light biography - well-researched and solid information though the writing is very much “teenager-speak”. Definitely targeted toward the younger reader. But, hey, if young women (and men) are reading and learning about AOC (and/or the other Queens of the Resistance), I’ll take it!! 2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge - A book whose title starts with “Q”, "X," or "Z" A light biography - well-researched and solid information though the writing is very much “teenager-speak”. Definitely targeted toward the younger reader. But, hey, if young women (and men) are reading and learning about AOC (and/or the other Queens of the Resistance), I’ll take it!! 2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge - A book whose title starts with “Q”, "X," or "Z"

  21. 5 out of 5

    L.A. Barnes

    Excellent YA, teen or new adult title. Well researched, written in an accessible, fun way. I'm looking forward to recommending this to teens and the occasional adult. One critical note for netgalley, this is only listed under Biography and Memoirs, it should be in YA as well Excellent YA, teen or new adult title. Well researched, written in an accessible, fun way. I'm looking forward to recommending this to teens and the occasional adult. One critical note for netgalley, this is only listed under Biography and Memoirs, it should be in YA as well

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Holbert

    Overall Opinion: This was a cute yet informative read. I love this idea of Queens of the Resistance. The only thing that bothered me was the overuse of slang, but that's just me being picky. Overall Opinion: This was a cute yet informative read. I love this idea of Queens of the Resistance. The only thing that bothered me was the overuse of slang, but that's just me being picky.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Caleb Kirby

    Overt puff piece transcribed in carcinogenic yas Qween ethos. Ludicrous in tone and political commentary, the book did manage to impart AOC’s origin story in such a way that made me see her as more of a person and less of a cartoon. I think that’s a good thing.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Randi

    I enjoyed learning more about AOC, but the condescending tone of the writing was a huge turnoff, and disappointing considering the goal seemed to be to uplift and empower young women voters.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Kelemen

    I love AOC, but the way this book is written is so cringey. It's written like an old person trying to sound cool. I love AOC, but the way this book is written is so cringey. It's written like an old person trying to sound cool.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    An interesting book, well written and researched. I liked it and it's recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine. An interesting book, well written and researched. I liked it and it's recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I really liked the tone of this book - Look forward to reading the other Queens of Resistance books!

  28. 5 out of 5

    PottWab Regional Library

    A

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anne Anderson

    Good short read

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    AOC is one of the biggest icons of our time, I read the book with great pleasure. I hope one day she changes her mind and participates in that presidential campaign. We need her!

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